|The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
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Bill has read this book
|Comment:In the future, North America has become Panemwhich consists of one wealthy Capital and 13 poverty-stricken districts (one of which has been destroyed). As punishment for rebellion against the Capital, each district is forced to send two children (one boy, one girl) to complete in a winner take all death match that is televised on national TV. Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy that is sweeping the nation and rapidly becoming the next must read for young adults.
I first started reading this book because my daughter ranted and raved about it and quite frankly I wanted to make sure it was OK for her to read. As a parent I felt that I needed to approve the content and I had thoroughly expected to have to force myself to get through this “kiddie science fiction” novel. What I didn’t expect was not being able to put it down.
So many books simply regurgitate the same old story with new characters and new settings, but that is not the case with The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins has written a genuinely unique book that consists of plausible scenarios, lovable characters, plot twists, and an unexpected ending that makes you look forward to the next book.
After reading the first few chapters I approved it for my younger son and bought the next book for my daughter. Now the trick will be getting the next book (Catching Fire) out of their hands.
Note: After writing this, I learned about the Battle Royale controversy. Battle Royale was written in 1999 and has a very similar story line. Suzanne Collins has gone on the record for stating that she was unaware of this book and did not use it as a reference for The Hunger Games. I find her statement to be plausible, but even if it is proven to be untrue, this does not in any way diminish the fact that The Hunger Games is a great read. I highly recommend it.
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December 17, 2011 Leave a comment