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Book Review - "the Hunger Games"

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The book "The Hunger Games" is about a society in which the citizens are sectioned off into 12 districts. The capitol does all they can to control them and one of the primary methods is the hunger games. In the hunger games the capitol annually enters all the children's names ages 12-18 into a lottery, where one girl and one boy will be randomly selected to compete. The ones that are chosen will have to battle against each other till the death in treacherous conditions while the whole country of Panem watches on television. In the book the characters were revolutionary and took risk, they didn't let the capitol (no matter how much they attempted to) control their every thought and action and sometimes stood up for what they believed was the moral or right thing to be done. Two of the main characters are Katniss and Peeta who are the ones chosen to be in the hunger games from their district (district 12).

In the book many acts of rebelling occur. One of the first primary acts is how the main character Katniss goes hunting with her friend Gale to provide for their families. In the Seam (the district they live in) hunting is illegal and you can be severely punished by doing such an act. However, Katniss being as brave and adventurous as she is, as well as feeling the need to provide for her family, her and Gale take the chance daily going out in the woods hunting and gathering. Instead of primarily relying on the capitol to ration off food to them and allowing them to starve, these two take action of what they feel is the appropriate and necessary thing to do in order to survive. As Katniss states, "Anyway, Gale and I agree that if we have to choose between dying of hunger and a bullet in the head, the bullet would be much quicker (Collins 17)." Although this is subtle, this is just one instance of Katniss doing what she feels is right and going against the capitol and their rules.

Another instance of rebelling is when the hunger games lottery was going on and Prim, Katniss's sister was chosen. She decided to take her place in the games since she was older and always took care of Prim. She loved and didn't want anything to happen to her younger sister. Although this was permitted by the rules of the capitol this was still another way of showing them that they cant just simply force upon everyone anything that they want and that the people can step forward and have a say in how things take place. The crowd also showed subtle rebellion and disapproval by not clapping when directed. "To the everlasting credit of District 12, not one person claps." This showed that even if they could not stop what was happening this was a way of showing that they didn't have to like nor approve of what was taking place.

As the games were taking place Katniss meets and forms an alliance with a girl named Rue from another district. She decided to befriend the girl because she noticed how smart

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