Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic Press
Date Published: October 1, 2008
Rating 5/5

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun…

This book was riveting in every aspect. Developing the story from the very beginning left me on the edge for more. Suzanne Collins has captured Panem from all different angles and yet as the reader, one still sees the entire picture. Suzanne developed each of the characters phenomenally and made me love some and hate others (which is always a good thing when the readers’ emotions are brought into the story!). From vicious battle to unseen romance, this novel places the reader inside the world of Panem and has allowed one to take front row to watch “The Hunger Games” take place following from violence to victory. This face-paced book is a great read for any young adult especially ones who enjoy reading about adventures, romance, and straight up awesome action!

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