Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Review- Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games (Scholastic 2009) 4.75 Stars

North America lies in ruin and amongst those ruins is a nation called Panem, which contains twelve districts since district thirteen was destroyed. The Capitol controls it all and they have been making the districts give two tributes for their Hunger Games to punish them and remind who is in control. During the Hunger Games, a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen from each district must fight to the death on national television. Katniss has stepped in for her sister, but survival comes naturally to her. She must now decide which is more important, survival or love.

One thing I noticed right away about this book was the use of first-person-present perspective, which drives me bonkers in most cases. This book came highly recommended to me so I persevered past that and did get used to it. This book sucks you in and makes it very difficult to put it down, especially when the actual Hunger Games begin. What she has to go through is something no one should have to go through, yet she pushes on and does what she has to survive and get back to her family. We see her struggle throughout these Games and deal with what she knows is morally wrong. Although these exact struggles are not something we all deal with, we all face struggles lie this on a day-to-day basis and do we can relate on some level with Katniss. Young people, and many adults, will relate with struggling with the emotional pulls of whether or not you are in love or not, making this another level that people can relate to this book on. Never mind the fact that it is action-packed.

I highly recommend The Hunger Games to all young adults and adults.

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Tony Peters

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