Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games was one of the best books I've ever read, and that's saying a lot. The book follows a girl in her late teens, Katniss. She lives in District 12 of Panem, a county ruled by the very rich who have no concern for the poor, except that they remain so. As a punishment for the districts' rebellion almost 75 years ago, the Hunger Games, a reality TV show is held every year. The Hunger Games is a show where two 'tributes', one boy and one girl, from each district are chosen to compete to the death. After a very touching string of events, Katniss is ripped away from her life hunting with her friend Gale and sent to the capitol, where she will be trained to put on a good show. I can't tell you anymore about the plot without spoiling it, but I will tell you that the action is plentiful and gripping. Not only does "The Hunger Games" keep my attention, it makes me laugh, cry, and beg my mom to let me read just a 'little' longer. The male tribute, Peeta, adds romance to the mix, many female fans end up on 'team Gale' or 'team Peeta', but it isn't the entire plot, so you won't get sick. I think both boys and girls 12+ will enjoy this book, but parents, be warned, it's a book about cruel government who forces kids to kill each other, so take care, this book is not for the squeamish. Anyway, "The Hunger Games" is 384 pages, and if you liked it, I bet you'll like "Caching Fire," the sequel, and "Mockingjay," the final book in the trilogy. Happy reading, Native New Yorker!