Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone fighting against you?

Twenty- four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Character Development: 10/10pts
Originality: 10/10pts
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10pts
Ending: 7/10pts
Voice: 10/10pts
Recommendation: 10/10!pts
Total Score: 57/60pts
Grade: A+!!!

Cussing: Not at all.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: None.
Sexual Content: None.

Aimed at ages twelve and up.

This book was awesome. It was literally the best book I've read in like a year. (!!!!!) I think anyone-- great or small, old or young, cynic or optimist, whatever, whoever --will love this book. The writing is captivating and vocal and very, very real. The setting is dramatic and horrifically perfect. The characters--Oh, goodness, the characters!--are beautifully constructed and it's so easy to love them all. I must encourage you to read it, though. It is a science fiction book. I never read science fiction. Never. That's why it took me so long to pick up The Hunger Games. But once I did, let me tell you...Wow! This is science fiction like no science fiction you've ever heard of! It didn't have the tone of any normal sci-fi. It was gentler and softer, more involved with nature and the "village" feeling that is common with fantasy. And although it was set in the future of North America, and that fact is obvious throughout, it was most similar to Kristen Cashore's book Graceling in voice and tone than any other dystopian-themed sci-fi I've read (and almost all of them are dystopian). Hunger Games was deeply involved in a ruined and sick society with a mask of beauty, but the difference lies, I think, in the total lack of disillusionment. Our hero, Katniss, knows from page one that her society is broken, because, as the sole breadwinner (or stealer) of a family impoverished and widowed by the law, she bears the bulk of the society's sorrows. This aspect of the story is an enormous relief, plot-wise, and removes you from ever thinking your hero dull, naive, or unintelligent. The book is altogether thrilling, captivating, and heartbreaking while dealing with gruesome, heavy themes that are sure to leave you quaking in your boots long after the last page.

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