Book Review: The Hunger Games

by Melissa on December 16, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, Adventure, Social Issues

Title: The hunger games
Series: The Hunger Games, Book 1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Suzanne Collins
Lexile: [?] 810L
AR Level: [?] 5.3
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Pause For Age Range: 14-17


In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.


This book is probably best for older teens, not 14 year-olds due to the violence and the Lord of the Flies-esque reveal of human nature that is pretty dark.  The premise is that 24 teens have to kill each other to survive an elaborate government-sponsored game.  A very thought-provoking book.  Probably a good one for parents to read with their teen-lots of good conversation potential. 



Sexual Content

Mild kissing, though some of it is contrived.


Teens drink wine. A grownup is frequently drunk.  A character drugs her friend with ’sleep syrup’.


The violence between the teens is fairly disturbing, killing each other by stabbing, snapping of necks, spearing, an arrow to the neck, bludgeoned with a spiked mace. A girl dies in a graphic attack by yellow jackets.


The government is disturbingly unsympathetic to the plight of it’s suffering citizens.  Seeing the dark side of human nature as the teens struggle to survive is a little shaking. 



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