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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

December 28th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

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I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

In this book North America is now known as Panem which is made up of The Capital and 12 districts.  At one time there were 13 districts but when the 13 districts tried to over flow the Capital they were defeated and the 13th district was destroyed.  Now every year each district is forced to pick one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games which is televised live.  These games are a fight to the death and the winner will receive a life of luxury and their district receives extra supplies from the Capital.  These games are a way for the Capital to remind the districts of the consequences of defying them and the power they hold over the districts.

Katniss Everdeen is now 16 and ever since her father died has taken care of protecting her mother and sister and providing them with food.  When her 12 year old sister is chosen as their district’s female contestant she volunteers in her place.  The male contestant, Peeta, is a son of a baker who once purposely took a beating in order to provide Katniss with two loaves of bread.  Katniss surprises everyone by becoming a serious contender to win the games.

Stop here if you don’t want any spoilers.

I really enjoyed this book although I hate that it looks like it is the first book in a series.  I hate reading series when the next book is not readily available.  Katniss and Peeta play up that they are two teens in love in order to gain more “sponsors” that can provide helpful items during the Hunger Games.  It’s obvious that while Katniss is only playing a part, Peeta does really love Katniss.  To add an added complication is it sounds like Katniss’s hunting partner back home, Gale, also has feelings for her.  So when the rules were changed and allowed both Peeta and Katniss to win the games and go home I wanted to see what would happen.  Would Katniss end up with Peeta or Gale or neither.  I really want to learn more about Gale.  Peeta seems like a nice guy but he seems more like the good boy who will always be there but will be kind of boring.  I’m wondering if Gale is going to be more of the forbidden love even though he and Katniss are from the same walk of life and Peeta is from a slightly richer life as a baker’s son.

The only part I didn’t like in this book is when Rue is killed.  She sounded so adorable and can’t help liking her even though she isn’t in the book very long.  I guess that is what Collins was going for since she was played up as the contestant that people couldn’t help but root for even though she was only 12 and very small.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out and see how the romance plays out and what the Capital has in mind for Katniss for embarassing them into declaring two winners of the Hunger Games.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

10 Responses

  1. Katie

    I got this book for Christmas! I didn’t read too far into your entry…I’m looking forward to reading this! :)

  2. dsuzuki

    Hope you like it! Happy reading.

  3. Joslin

    I loved this book too and I am very read for the next one!

  4. Ladytink_534 (Jen)

    One of my online groups was reading this a few months ago but I never got around to reading it :(

  5. dsuzuki

    Oh, I would add it to your list. I think someone mentioned it was recommended by Stephenie Meyer as well.

  6. Katie

    Ok, I finished it today, and LOVED IT!! I can’t believe how she left it, I want MORE!!

  7. dsuzuki

    I know right?! I didn’t realize it was a sequel so my jaw dropped wanting to know what happens.

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