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Fighting Hunger, or Why I Am So Thankful I Don’t Live in the Future

As promised, here it is:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

The Story As It Is: Katniss Everdeen is 16

years old.  Katniss Everdeen has to fight to the death.  In a strange future version of the Earth, Kat lives in District 12—one of the poorest of the twelve districts of Panem.  The twelve districts of Panem are ruled over by the elite in the Capitol.  In earlier times, the thirteen districts (yes, there was a thirteenth district then) rose in rebellion against the Capitol and lost.  As if the destruction of District 13 wasn’t enough, the Capitol gives the districts a yearly reminder of their power.  Each district must send one boy and one girl, chosen by random at the Reaping, to the Capitol for the Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games are a dangerous fight for survival broadcast live on television for the entertainment of the Capitol’s wealthy inhabitants.  Each Tribute, as the selected boys and girls are called, tries to be the last person alive and the victor of the Games.  After the Reaping, Katniss and Peeta, the boy Tribute from District 12, are quickly whisked away to the glorious and foreboding Capitol, where no manner of luxury that they are offered can distract them from the horrible future that awaits them.  Expected to lose because of their District 12 home, Kat and Peeta must use every bit of themselves to survive.

The Story As I See It: This book is totally engrossing.  Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.  From the first moment, you are rooting for Kat to survive.  Then, a wrench is thrown in the works—Peeta is pretty loveable too, especially when he seems to care so much for Kat.  Before reading this, I was worried that it might be too grim or gory for me.  I mean, it is about teenagers trying to kill each other to win a game.  However, I found the story extremely riveting and actually kind of uplifting as you see the strength that Kat shows.  Plus, reading about all the future technology in the Capitol is actually pretty cool.

Verdict: This is not happy, sunny reading.  If that’s what you are looking for, this is not for you.  However if you want a really good story that draws you in from the beginning and continues with heart-racing action throughout, you need to read this book.  I am so excited to read the sequel and I am sure I will be waiting in anticipation for the release of the third installment in August!

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