The Hunger Games, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 222 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 1176 reviews

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age 13+

A tragic addiction

Inspired by flicking tv channels between a reality tv show and scenes from a real war-zone (edifying material), but makes you uneasy because it makes things that are so wrong feel exciting, even thrilling. It draws your attention to problematic issues in society (sponsorship means anything goes, a body beautiful culture which at the same time tolerates horrendous violence, playing up romance for a show rather than for real meaning, no respect for human dignity in itself, only for what you can do or what you look like...) but it actually makes these things too riveting, they're the basis of what is fun in this book. It seems more a product of a disturbed society than a critique of one.

This title has:

Too much violence
7 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Important lessons!!!

The fact that so many adults believe this book is “about” kids killing kids is really an issue. This book creates empathy by creating characters that show themes of poverty and government control. Is there violence? Yes. It is used as a warning about becoming desensitized to violence. If you are not capable of understanding the messages in this book, please don’t speak on what it is “about”. The inability for adults to understand this is what is wrong with our society. Learning about characters teaches empathy.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
5 people found this helpful.

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