Book Review for: The Hunger Games
Written by: Suzanne Collins
Avail as: Print & Ebook
Collins pens a heart-pounding page turner with "The Hunger Games." Set in the future, a war has changed the makeup of North America. Now called Panem, the area is spilt into 12 Districts and is governed by a capital in the former state of Colorado. Every year, to remind the districts they are the "losers" in the war, the Capital stages "The Hunger Games." Districts select tributes to represent them. The tributes must kill each other in a game arena to win.
When Katniss Everdeen's sister, Prim, is selected to represent District 12, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Along with Peeta Mellark, Katniss travels to the Capital. As she prepares to participate in the games, she realizes there is more to the games than skill. She must learn the art of subtlety and draw on all her wits to keep alive. Can Katniss win "The Hunger Games?"
Collins' writing is crisp and sharp. She never lingers – the pacing is perfect. Her descriptions are just enough to paint vivid pictures in the reader's mind. Collins' creativity and imagination shine in this story as she gives us a dystopian look at the future, and while the future may look bleak, she also leaves us with a smidgen of hope.
The best part of the novel is the journey Katniss makes. When the reader meets her, they learn she is physically strong, but it's the emotional journey that allows her to grow. Katniss' heart is as tough as nails, but to survive, she must show a tender side. She must demonstrate she cares for Peeta or she will lose. Can Katniss allow herself to explore the vulnerabilities of the human heart while playing the most dangerous game of her life?
The book is mainstream fiction and appeals to readers 10 and up. The Hunger Games will keep you on the edge of your seat, anxious to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this book.
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