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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Hunger Games

"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survived."

The Hunger Games is a thrilling novel full of adventure, wit and danger. The futuristic civilization of Panem, divided into twelve districts and ruled by the strict Capitol, is both intriguing and disturbing. It is the cruelty of the Hunger Games though that is most chilling.
While the beginning of the story is well written and interesting it is when the contestants enter the arena that the story becomes great. Katniss’ blend of strength, instinct, wit and cleverness lends a unique view to the story that keeps the pages turning when the plot slows. Most interesting off all though, is Katniss’ ability to survive in the unknown terrain of the arena. Her character truly shows through as she works to stay alive and interpret the signs from Haymitch and the Gamemakers.

It is the combination of all of these elements that makes The Hunger Games one of the best reads of 2008. If you’re looking for a book that will have you reading late into the night and jumping with suspense, then The Hunger Games is the book for you.
5 Stars!

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this book. The ending made me sad though. I can't wait to read the next one!



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