The Hunger Games [Paperback]
- Publication Date:
- 05 January 2009
- General fiction
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Excellent book. I couldn't put it down!
You won't be able to put down this riveting story of a dystopian future where the capitol displays it's powers over the once rebellious districts by holding a yearly "Survivor-like" reality television contest, where two teenaged representatives from each district must fight until only one is left alive. Mesmerizing...captivating...spectauclar! Can't wait for the sequel!
Suzanne Collins brings us :adventure, romance. mystery,and social philosophy, starring teenage characters. The author gives you quite a bang for your buck! There is never a dull moment in this fast paced book. You must turn the page to see what comes next. The book's strengths were that it kept you wanting to read to find out what was around the corner or behind the next tree...The weakness of the book may be some of the details of how the competitors die or are injured. But overall it was not that graphic compared to some visual images we see on tv. This would be appropriate for upper middle school to high school age.
After a series of catastrophes and wars, North America has collapsed and has been rebuild into the state of Panem. Panem is divided into multiple districts plus the capital. Each district produces something of value for the capital. For example, District 12, Katniss' home, produces coal other districts produce. Based upon a revolution that occurred 74 years ago, each district much select one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the hunger games. The Hunger Games, put on for the amusement of the capital, is a fight to the death. When Prim, Katniss's little sister is picked to participate, Katniss immediately jumps in and takes her place. Peeta, the mail tribute and Katniss, along with their drunken mentor Haymitch, but come up with a plan to survive.I was intrigued with this book from the beginning. It reminded me of the short story "The Lottery" which I read in school. I found the political and economic situation to be fascinating and thought provoking. Although it is thought provoking it does so without screaming the message in your face. Overall, it is a fast-paced action story where teenagers must battle the elements and each other to stay alive. I do think that for boys, the focus on clothes and styling may take away from the action adventure, but overall I think any teenager, young adult, or even regular adults would love this book.
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