Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This dystopian first in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is a totally crazy concept but immensely readable nonetheless.

The United States has been divided into twelve districts controlled by the capitol. Living in District 12, one of the poorest districts, is Katniss Everdeen, who has to break the law by going past the boundaries in order to hunt for food so that her sister and mother don't die of starvation.

Every year, each child gets entered in the reaping, where they pick two names in every district to fight in the hunger games. The fight is to the death, and there can only be one winner whose district gets enough food and grain for an entire year. Katniss's worst nightmare happens when her younger sister prim gets selected for the games, but Katniss volunteers to take her place instead.

Also selected from District 12 is Peeta, the baker's son who intentionally burnt some bread once so that Katniss could get feed the discards to her family. Although Katniss hasn't forgotten his kindness, she knows that either she will be killed or she'll have to kill, but here is no way both of them will come out of the games alive.

I have to admit that this book was a little slow going at first, and I had to question what all the hype was about, but once it got into the games, there was no putting it down. This book really has a little of something for everyone: romance, adventure, and action. I look forwarding to reading the next in the trilogy.

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