I had heard lots of good things about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but I kept avoiding reading it. The plot sounded depressing, so I just kept putting it off. I finally picked up a copy at the library last week, and, wow, I loved this book. It was so exciting I couldn’t put it down, and I ended up reading it all in one day. The book is set in the future, and North America is ruled by a dictatorship with 12 districts enslaved to the Capital. Every year 2 teens from each district are sent to the Hunger Games to fight to the death. The book centers on two of the teens chosen to fight, Katniss and Peeta.
Pros: The action is non-stop and exciting. The character of Katniss is very well written, she is appealing, but not perfect by any means. The plot was unique. Even though a lot of the elements seemed like something I’d seen before, Suzanne Collins put them together in a way that was unexpected and kept me guessing until the end. The writing was well done with lots of detail and even humor. I also think this is a book that works on many levels. My 17 year old daughter saw it more as a romance, but I was much more impressed in the the political and social aspects of the book.
Cons: Well obviously the book is violent, and some of the deaths are upsetting. The book would definitely not be appropriate for younger teens who are sensitive. My 13 year old decided not to read it for just this reason.
Overall: I loved it; I would give it 5/5 stars, and it is the best book I’ve read so far this year. It is a great books for teens or adults, and I’ve already got the sequel on hold at the library.
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