Amazing Book, But for Middle School and Up
A lot of parents on here are looking at this in a overly parent point of view, and I'd normally say that that's a good thing, but it may be a bit restrictive in this scenario. To start...
Violence: There will be violence. It's a book about a bunch of preteens and teens fighting to the death. There are a lot of deaths, but the gore isn't bad at all. I'd rate it a 2 on a scale of 1-10. It's there but not too descriptive. The injuries are realistic, and when will your child be exposed to realistic injuries? When it happens to them?
Sex: There is some kissing, I'd rate it about a 3 (still using a scale of 1-10). In the series, prostitution is mentioned twice, never descriptive. In the first book it's mentioned indirectly, but in the second book it is mentioned directly. That's why I rated it as middle school and up, and it's sure to bring up some interesting questions in younger audiences. I don't know how you raise your children, but you'll have to be the judge of that.
Swearing: There is very mild language. The only 'bad word' used is "Hell", and it's only used a few times.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: There is one character with a very bad drinking problem (as he even goes so far as to almost buy rubbing alcohol when the stores are out of liquor). Despite his problem, he is one of the best characters and never does anything bad. He's the mentor to the main characters, as he won one of the games himself. He's been through a lot in his life and lost his whole family, so his problem is understandable.
Positive Messages: This book teaches the values of teamwork in hard times and a friend, even when you think you may not need one, can make a world of difference.
Role Models: The main character, Katniss, is an amazing role model. She is a strong woman, and would do anything to protect the people she loves. In the very beginning of the book, she hunts outside the bounds of her district (District 12). In the books, this IS illegal but this isn't promoting crime. It's showing that she'd risk her life for her family. (She lives in the poorer part of her district) Another example is when her younger sister Prim[rose] gets chosen for the Hunger Games, she volunteers so Prim isn't in danger.
Educational Value: This book shows the consequences of having a power hungry or overly controlling government or a dictatorship. This book takes place in the future in the United States. The phrase "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it" I feel really holds true to this series, except it goes for the future. Especially in these times where the government is taking away our right of movement during the Coronavirus. It shows how dangerous a government like that can be.
You as parents should be the judge of this book, but I read this book series not too long ago, and it was very entertaining. These books are also very sad because Collins did such a great job with this book and characters and they felt so real. This book is amazing and I'd definitely recommend it, but for audiences over middle school.
Sorry for the rant, but I hope you find this review useful.
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Positive role models