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Review: The Hunger Games

Posted on: Monday 24.Jan.11

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Hooked.

I’m completely hooked on the characters, the story, the “future world” Collins builds. Every bit of it. This was an absolute page turner. One minute our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is safe at home, providing for her mother and younger sister. The next minute her world is turned upside down as she finds herself being tossed into an arena, fighting against 23 other teenage ‘tributes’ for survival. Collins creates a beautiful scenario where you’re not sure who you want to root for, and you’re not even sure you want to pick just one. But you know who you DON’T want to see rise in the end.

This book has interlaced themes ranging from ethics and humanism, to a brush with sociopolitical philosophy. I can’t wait to read the next book of the series to [hopefully] delve deeper into the politics of Panem, and learn more about of our favorite citizens in District 12 like Gale, Katniss, and Peeta.

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