The Hunger Games

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Collins, Suzanne.  The Hunger Games. 374 p. Scholastic. 2008.  ISBN 978-0-545-31058-1.

Have you ever really wanted to read a book because so many people you knew said it was really great? That happened to me with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  But when I read the back cover, I wasn’t sure I would like the book.  Truth be told, I didn’t think I would be able to “stomach” the story.

Well, not only did I “stomach” the story, I couldn’t get enough of it.  The Hunger Games is an excellent book, full of suspense, intrigue and drama.

Katniss Everdeen, is a 16-year-old girl from District 12, which is the furthest, and poorest, district from the Capitol of Panam.  Panam is the country that has replaced the United States in this post-apocalyptic story. Every year, a girl and a boy are chosen to go to the capitol to literally fight for their lives in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised event.  Katniss’s little sister, Prim has been chosen as the girl, but Katniss steps up to take her place.  The boy that is chosen, Peeta, is the local baker’s son, who happens to be in love with Katniss, unbeknownst to her.  The two “tributes” don’t seem to stand a chance of survival at the games because other districts are wealthier, and therefore have healthier tributes.

When the Hunger Games begin, there are 24 boys and girls from the 12 districts.  The Capitol doesn’t play fair though.  They force artificial weather on the contestants, and pit the contestants against each other.  Katniss is a strong hunter with a bow and arrow, but is she strong enough?  This book has lots of plot twists, which will keep you turning the page until the very end.

Read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Genre:  Science Fiction, Suspense

Themes: post-apocalyptic, death, reality television, relationship,

Reading level:  5.3

Interest level:  6-12 grade

Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Hunger Games

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