The Hunger Games
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages: 384
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 16 years
Language: no profanity
Sex: minimal kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use: one character drinks heavily and is an alcoholic
Violence: extreme violence
Social Issues: dystopian world, oppression, starvation, children forced to kill each other
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13
Premise: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As punishment for their uprising, each district is forced to send one boy and one girl to participate in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Potential Points of Concern: The premise of The Hunger Games is how an oppressive government punishes its citizens and keeps them under control by forcing their children to kill each other as a form of sport and entertainment. It is an extremely intense, violent book and may not be appropriate for younger or sensitive readers.
Katniss is forced to remove her clothing in order to be assessed by her “image makers”. Not a sexual scene.
Many characters die in a variety of ways. While descriptions are not overly graphic (as one might find in a horror novel), they are very clearly described and intense.
Both Katniss and Peeta are wounded.
Katniss and Peeta share a couple of kisses.
Age Appropriateness: 11 and up, older for sensitive readers