Banned Books Week Featured Book: The Hunger Games
Listed below is a review of The Hunger Games, courtesy of Tiffany LeMaistre, eResources and Collection Development Librarian.
The Hunger Games is a science fiction young adult novel with a fantasy feel to it. Suzanne Collins wrote the book in 2008. It is set in a country called Panem where twelve (formerly thirteen) districts are ruled by a capital district. As punishment for a failed uprising the twelve districts must annually contribute two tributes each, a girl and a boy between the ages of 12 and 18, to fight to the death for the capital's entertainment.
The Hunger Games has been banned for concerns that the book is "anti-ethnic," "anti-family," and "occult/satanic." There are also concerns over the violence in the book as it involves children killing children. The book has raised so much concern that it ranked third in the 2011 list of most challenged books.
Suzanne Collins' book rocketed in popularity this year with the release of The Hunger Games film in March. Actress Jennifer Lawrence played the main character, Katniss Everdeen. The movie was good, but at the risk of sounding cliche the book is better. If you haven't read it yet you can check it out from the library.
The book is a fast-paced read. Many people love it for the action, the colorful characters, or the dystopian themes. Personally, I love the book because of Katniss Everdeen. She is the strong and independent female lead that is so often lacking in literature. She hunts at the risk of execution to feed her family, and finds other ways to rebel against the capital's rules. She isn't looking for love or trying to make it in a big scary world. She is literally fighting for her life and relying on her own abilities to make it through the games.
To view a reading of this book, see the library's YouTube channel.
To see more about banned books, check the library's Banned Books Week Guide. We'll also be in the UC from 11am-2pm all this week for virtual read-outs.