Thursday, January 27, 2011
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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. Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'American Gladiator.' Book one of a planned trilogy.Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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I know it sounds very sci-fi and an intriguing concept but not very entertaining. Maybe a little too weird? It took me a long time to give it a chance and I wasn't too excited about starting it. But trust me once you get a couple chapters in, you won't be able to put it down. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. There is so much going on and it is not at a slow pace. The "games" are so unimaginable, but I kept imagining what this would look like in the world I live in today. You are constantly trying to guess the characters motives and where the story is going to go. And of course what would a young adult novel be without some love drama thrown in??
Go now. Run. Get the books. All three. And enjoy devouring them!
They are making them in to a movie and I can not wait to see how they do this story on the big screen.
5 out of 5 stars. In fact I'd give it 6.