The Hunger Games- First in The Hunger Games trilogy by Susan Collins

Hunger_games“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” -Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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Katniss Everdeen is definitely “the girl on fire” in this sci-fi thriller by Susanne Collins. It’s the future, and society as we know it has already ended. Very few survived, but those that did formed Panem, a new country that makes up what was once North America. Panem, made up of 12 separated districts, has suffered through starvation, disease, war, and rebellion. In order to remind the citizens of Panem of the “harsh” times the country has been through and keep them from dissenting, the Capitol (the new government) implemented an annual Hunger Games. This event, designed to ensure the Capitol’s complete control, is a fight to the death among children. One male and female representative for each district/state is chosen and will fight in the elaborately designed arena until there is one living survivor. He or she will then return home and continue living a “normal”, but infamous life. Katniss Everdeen is a fifteen year old girl that lost her father in a mining accident when she was twelve and is now the main provider for her family. She does everything she can to keep her family from starving even if that means breaking the law. Every year when the Huger Games comes around, it is a time of dread for her and her family. This year though, it’s especially dreadful because her beloved younger sister Prim is now eligible for the Hunger Games. Will one of them be chosen? Find out in The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins. Then, once you are done reading this dramatic story, go out and see the movie. It tells the story beautifully and is well done.

My Opinion: The Hunger Games was one of the first books I read that I couldn’t put down, I just had to know what would happen next! The lives of the characters and the situations they are in is so different from our world that it is intriguing. Not only that, but I got completely caught up in Katniss and Peeta’s relationship. I mean two young people are forced to kill others in order to live and they only thing they have to help them get through it is each other. Besides their relationship, I just had to know what Katniss would do in the games and how she would live yet do it while being herself and not someone forced to participate in the Games because the Capitol forced her to. This book is definitely a must read.

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