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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins April 30, 2012

The day starts out like a normal day- hunting and gathering with Gale, trading their goods on the black market, and taking the rest home for dinner.  But today is special- it’s the day of the Hunger Games.  The place formerly known at the United States is now Panem, divided into the capitol and 12 districts.  Each year one boy and one girl from each district must fight to the death in the Hunger Games.  At the ceremony, when the names from their district are called, Katniss is horrified to hear her sister’s name called.  Katniss does the only thing she can do- volunteer to take her sister’s place.  She is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family- even if it means the end of her own life.

Wow, what a suspenseful read!  I can see why so many people liked it.  Other than Katniss’ constant thoughts about her own selflessness that annoyed me after awhile, it was an interesting, fast-paced story with likable characters.  It makes the reader think about life, death, the hierarchy of society, and how far you would go to protect a loved one.  Highly recommended for teens or adults.

5 out of 5 stars


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