The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
October 2008, Reissue: September 2014
Dystopian Young Adult
In what is now ruins but used to be known as North America is a new nation called Panem. It is a shining Capital with twelve outlying districts surrounding it. Being both harsh and cruel the districts are kept in line by being forced to send one boy and one girl from each district that are aged between twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Shown on live TV it is a fight to the death.
Katniss Everdeen is sixteen-years-old and lives with her mother and younger sister. When she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games she regards it as a death sentence. For Katniss though survival has become second nature as she has come close to death before. She becomes a contender without really meaning to. She is going to have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love if she is to win.
This is a book that pulls the reader in and takes them on an unbelievable adventure. It proves hard to put down once started and shows just why it was made into a movie. It also proves to be an unforgettable book with characters that stay with the reader long after they finish the story. With every word read the story and characters come to life for the reader and giving the reader a glimpse of the action and circumstances as they unfold throughout the book. It will also have readers wanting to read the other books in the series to find out the ultimate outcome for the characters and just what will happen next. This is a book for readers of all ages.
I give this one 5 red roses