by Fazla R' 14

Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, takes place in an amazingly twisted imagined future of the United States.  After a huge revolution, the 13 districts of Panem rebelled against its ruling city, the Capitol. Naturally, the Capitol won and to punish and remind the remaining twelve districts (district 13 was destroyed) of the great rebellion, they started a competition called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games starts out with a ceremony called “the Reaping.” During the Reaping, each district chooses a girl and a boy randomly from the ages of 12 to 18 to go to the Capitol to train for the games. The games are televised on television and the purpose of the games is to kill the other competitors and be the last one alive.  During the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen’s (the protagonist) sister, Prim, gets selected to participate in the games but Katniss volunteers to take her place. Read the book to find out to find out what happens and whether Katniss survives the Hunger Games!
The story is extremely engaging and Collins’s writing style is also great.  The following quote is from a very emotional and important scene:
“For a moment, I sit there watching my tears drip down on her face. Rue’s cannon fires. I lean forward and press my lips against her temple. Slowly, as if not to wake her, I lay her head back on the ground and release her hand.”
This book has been named one of the top 10 best young adult books of 2008 and will be made into a movie in 2010.  There is also a sequal scheduled to be released later this year.
If you’re looking for an exciting, page turning book that deals with issues like death, family, and interesting aspects of human nature, then go to our school library and take out the Hunger Games!

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