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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: 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 survival.

The Hunger games is an enchanting tale of friendship, love, and courage.  It is fast moving and adventurous.  The beginning of this book caught me right away and sucked me in until the end.  Katniss Everdeen is an amazing character who knows how to survive and finally begins to show her true feelings.  She is at the center of the book and keeps it flowing until the end.  The ending is certainly surprising based on the feelings you get towards the Capitol, but I can't help but wonder how it will continue in the next book in the series.  I look forward to reading it soon because this series is great for a young adult or an adult.  Although, I do not feel as though the book is appropriate for the 4th or 5th grade as many have stated it is.  The concepts and ideas are above the head of 4th and 5th graders.  I believe this book is aimed more towards teenagers in terms of the writing and concepts proposed.  Overall, a great book that I would recommend and definitely read again!

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