The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

From School Library Journal

 Gr 7 Up Suzanne Collins’s first book (Scholastic, 2008) of a planned trilogy introduces an easy-to-imagine, cruel future society divided by wealth and obsessed with media and celebrity. The controlling Capitol broadcasts the Hunger Games, mandatory watching for all citizens of Panem. The annual event pits 24 Tributes-a girl and boy teen from each of the 12 Districts surrounding the Capitol-against one another in a desperate battle to the death. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place as District Twelve’s girl Tribute, she is thrown into a media frenzy, complete with stylists and costumes, literally fighting for her life in the arena. Intense, graphic action, along with a touch of romance, makes this dystopic adventure a great choice for older reluctant readers.

My Thoughts:

Wow, was all I could say when I finally put this book down. I did not have high expectations for this book because I thought it would just be a rip-off of Battle Royale but I was wrong. It was emotionally packed full of fear, rage, and love. Katniss is a strong character who does what she must to survive, even if it means fighting to the death or falling in love. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves action packed books with great character devlopment.

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