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233. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins...

December 23, 2009
hunger gamesAbout the book:
Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

drey's thoughts:
Y'know, in the beginning of the year, I never would've thought that I'd be reading YA novels, and actually enjoy them. Well, The Hunger Games is definitely one of the YA books that I really liked this year, and you should pick it up and read it. Especially if you're a fan of science fiction stories with spunky characters who fight like heck against conforming to what's expected.

Katniss is a pretty cool character. She's strong, smart, and tries to do her best even when she doesn't feel like it. When her twelve-year-old sister is picked to be tribute for the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place instead. Because she cannot imagine losing Primrose, and she cannot imagine that Prim would even have a chance.

Her mentor is a drunk, her handler is chirpy, and the boy chosen from her district has a humongous crush on her. But together, they come up with a plan to try to stay alive against the other 22 tributes, even while knowing that only one can win.

The Hunger Games is gripping until the very last page, and it's a journey I don't think you will regret taking. I loved it, and cannot wait to read Catching Fire.

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 9780439023481
Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc., 2008
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, 1st in Series, Support Your Local Library

Disclosure: My copy of The Hunger Games paid a visit from my local library, for which I'm very grateful.


Vanessa said...

Definitely one of the YA novels with a broad appeal. Glad you liked it!

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

I feel like I'm almost the last person in the world to read this series. Everyone is raving about them and I can see why from your review. Definitely going to add it to my list for next year.

Anna said...

I love this series, and I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Catching Fire.

I never read YA books before I started blogging, and I'm glad I started because I've found some good ones over the past couple of years.

Diary of an Eccentric

bermudaonion said...

I have got to make time to read this. Even my husband has read it and loved it. I'm feeling so left out.

Suzanne Yester said...

Great review! I have this in my TBR pile, was toying with it to read for my DystopYA challenge but didn't, but after reading your thoughts on it, I think I will put it at the top of the pile! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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