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This story is about Katniss, a sixteen year old girl who lives in Panem. The country was divided into the capitol and 12 districts, to be able to control it better. To remind the people of Panem that the government is in charge, every year they organize a game called hunger games, where a girl and a boy from each district enter a big arena where they hide, fight and survive. The motto is basically “Kill, or get killed”.
I found this book super interesting and with heaps of suspense-building. Whenever the audience got bored because there wasn’t enough killing action going on, the gamemakers would draw the contestants together. Sometimes they would do that by setting fires in the woods, where the boys and girls had to run away from the fire and would end up facing each other. Or sometimes the gamemakers would invite all the players to a ‘feast’ in a certain place in the arena, where they would give the contestants something they really really needed.
I like how the author made Katniss be a very thoughtful, warm-hearted and intelligent girl with a special talent for hunting. During the hunger games Katniss never meant to directly kill people or hunt them down. She only hid and ran and defended herself when she had to. This makes the whole horrible game seem better since we see it through Katniss’ eyes.
Ever since her father died in a tragic coal-mining accident, Katniss has taken the role of her family's leader. While Katniss's mother could not cope with the loss of her husbands death, and fell into a deep depression, Katniss took charge, Filling her father's shoes, she was the one who was bringing home the food and income that would save the…