Twenty-four tributes are thrown to an arena. They have to kill or they die.
I was reluctant to read this book. It was in the first person point of view and it had a female protagonist for a bloody adventure which made me believe that the book was filled with dramatic and whimsical scenes. However, the book reminded me, again, to shed my prejudice.
Katniss’, the protagonist, personality is firm like man. She is also capable of hunting long before the event began. She narrates mildly but will seize your eyes open within the first several pages. The narration was done effortlessly and seamlessly. For a moment you are in the past and you travel back without feeling disturb.
The first person point of view can limit the content of narration. But the book plays different. Katniss know how the game start and end, but of course with a reason. She takes us outside the arena for now and then. Her curiosity works well in discovering what the other tributes are doing and thinking.
The book also uses powerful metaphors. Like the flashback when Katniss wanted to kill her sister’s cat because they couldn’t afford to feed another mouth, even if it was a pet. They only buy bread on special occasion. It showed how poor they are and how badly Katniss needs to win.
Apart from the gore scenes, it introduced a bit of romance and humour. We can feel pity, love and funny at the same time. These were done perfectly right not to obscure the actual plot. Hunger Games offers a great deal of entertainment. And yes, I recommend it for both girls and boys.