Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have recently read the first book, Hunger Games, in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is about the future North American continent where there are 12 districts, similar to colonies, that belong to the Capitol. As a punishment for their rebellion, the Capitol has an annual competition for their own amusement where they pick a young man and woman from each district and basically tell them to kill each other in a competition known as the Hunger Games. It is a battle for survival and only one winner will remain. Katniss, a 16-year old girl who brings home all the food for her family using everything her dead father taught her, must represent Disctrict 12 in the Hunger Games. Against all odds, Primrose, Katniss' younger sister is chosen to fight for her life; Katniss steps up and takes her sister's place because she knows that the 12-year old is not nearly as resilient and experienced with survival skills. Several twists to the story are a romance between two of the contenders who will have to kill each other, Katniss' family not being able to survive without her, and Katniss forming a friendship with another female contender. Soon, Katniss looks to teach the Capitol that they are more valuable than they think instead of simply trying to win the competition.

I believe this is one of the greatest books I have ever read because it is so suspenseful and unpredictable. There is not one part of the book that is boring for you are constantly surprised by many unexpected events. In fact, you would miss a lot if you skipped just one page. You can see that I love this book and I recommend it to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. I could not put the book down once I started reading. It really made you think about deeper meanings of certain events as well. This is a great book and I have already gotten the next book in the series.
~Akash, Teen Book Reviewer
The film is in theaters now and if you haven't seen it you should definitely check it out.  Trailer below~Ms. M

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