The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
374 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by emmanem

An interesting read, but quite a lot of violence, low morals, drinking, and some kissing.


Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are chosen to compete in the "Hunger Games" - a tournament held every year for the people in the twelve districts from ages 12-18. The rules in these games are that two people from each district are put into the arena to fight. Not too bad, but there's a catch: they must fight to the death.


Lying is not discouraged. In fact, Katniss and Peeta are instructed to do so, "in order to save their lives."

Spiritual Content



Considering the circumstances, many people are killed, though the main characters kill "only" one person each, both out of anger and to save themselves.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Haymitch, the guardian of Katniss and Peeta, gets drunk way too much, but halfway through this book he makes a deal that he won't drink if they lie that they are in love, so that the people will vote that it's much too violent to have two lovers kill each other.

Sexual Content

Peeta and Katniss kiss, "just for the camera," but in the end Peeta reveals his true feelings for Katniss.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Some of the older tributes call smaller and younger people names, and bully them.


Many people will enjoy this book, but younger readers may not want to read this because of the violence and kissing. Judgment should be used concerning the drinking and morality, as well.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 2.5
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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