Monday, September 29, 2008

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12. She helps take care of her mother and sister by hunting, even though it is illegal. When the drawing for The Hunger Games comes up, 12 year old Primrose Everdeen, sister of Katniss, is called to be the girl representative for District 12, Katniss runs up to take her place. Now Katniss is literally in the game of her life, can her hunting and survival skills keep her alive, when 23 other people are hunting to kill her and claim victory for their district?

I could not put this book down, and one boy who checked it out from the library was done with it within a few days and gushing to me about it, so I assume it has teen appeal. There is a set up for other books to come, but this book clearly stands on its own. I give it a big thumbs up and it is one of the two best books I've read this year.

5 comments:

Patty said...

I loved this book and can't wait to read Book 2! I think it has both boy and girl appeal. Thumbs Up from me!

Deb Motley said...

I agree. It has action, adventure, life and death, but also romance and a fantastically well imagined future world. yay from me.

Pat said...

Yes, Yes and a Yes

Julie said...

Umm...what to say that hasn't been said? Truly fantastic! I give it yes X4 (just to best Pat!) ;)

Allison said...

I had a little different experience reading this book. It disturbed me in the same way Jackon's short story "The Lottery" disturbs me. It took me forever just to get into it. I picked it up and put it down more times than I can count. At one point I was just going to give up and acknowlege that it is a well written book with teen appeal but I fealt I had to keep going since it has such good buzz. I'm glad I did. I finally got sucked in about page 160 or so. (which was after I read the last page of part II and the very last page. -I know I shouldn't skip ahead..) I know there will be teens like me, who can't wrap their heads around the pointless violence that seems to be accepted by the world around them. But it was, in the end, a great read and I have to give it a Thumbs up. But it is still disturbing.