The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games (2008) is an interesting take on society in a future North America.  It’s a story of survival for 16 year old Katniss and her peers.  It’s a love story.  It’s a story of a world gone mad.  At one end of the spectrum is the Capital – a place where image is everything.  At the other end you find the surrounding regions – where individuals do whatever they can to survive.  The Hunger Games is where the two come together.

When Katniss younger sister is the one chosen to fight in the Hunger Games on behalf of her region, Katniss steps in for her and we, the readers, are taken on a trip to a world not unlike those we see in survivor television shows only these participants are fighting to the death in order that they will survive.  The Hunger Games is surprisingly difficult to put down.  I would recommend it to all teens, male and female, but I suspect boys might like it best.

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