August 3rd, 2009

Curious George

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the signs of a great book, in my humble opinion, is that the book stays with you when you turn to that last page. While I was skeptical of how good the Hunger Games could be, after all, with all that hype it would just disappoint, I found myself riveted from the early pages. And while I finished the book a couple of days ago, I'm still thinking about the characters and the plot and wondering what happens next.

What used to be North America is now the country of Panem. A country that is led by the Capital city, which controls 12 outlying cities. Years before, there had been a rebellion, and the capital had quashed the rebellion, but to punish the people the Hunger Games were instituted.

2 children, a boy and a girl, between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen each year. They are put into an arena and must fight to the death. There can only be one victor. The one who is the last to live.

When Katniss's 12-year-old sister is chosen, she offers to go in her place. It's up to her to survive. But can she keep her humanity while fighting to the death?

The characterization was so rich. The plot so deep, that it was hard not to think and wonder on the characters. Does she keep her humanity? Can she? Will she try to overthrow the government?

I know there's a lot of hype for this title, but it's hype that is well deserved.

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