Short Story Review: The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

most_dangerous_gameNow, don’t get confused by the title. “The Most Dangerous Game” is about a man named Sanger Rainsford, a hunter, landing on a island  called Ship-Trap Island. As Rainsford travels around the island, he finds a huge door. He bangs on the door and a giant man named Ivan, lets Rainsford in. Then, Rainsford meets General Zaroff. Weird names, right? It gets even weirder. Zaroff says that he is a hunter, but a different kind of hunter. He tells that animal hunting bored him. The animals have instinct but no strategy. He says he has hunted every animal. He needed a new animal. How can you do that, you ask? He made a way…

Now, I won’t give it away– but it is shocking. You can consider him crazy, and I mean CRAZY! Now, since Zaroff and Rainsford are both hunters, they go on a hunt. But not a normal hunt but like a hide-and-seek hunt. Confused? Then you should read the story to figure it out, huh?

I would recommend this book to 7th graders with their English teacher or a dictionary because some words are hard to read. But 8th grade and up to 12th grade is the best level of reading. The ages would be 12 years old to 18 years old.

-Kate B., 7th grade