The Hunger Games

October 15, 2012

Science Fiction/ Fantasy
By Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by Allison Riegel
Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars

“Let’s go back then, to the moment they called your sister’s name at the reaping,” says Caesar. “And you volunteered.”
“She asked me to try really hard to win…I swore I would.”

Once Katniss Everdeen takes her little sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games, it means near-certain death. Every year, one boy and one girl are taken from each of the 12 districts and sent to the arena, where they will fight, on television, until only one is left alive. The winner goes home to fame, wealth, and the responsibility to train each progressive year’s contestants. Katniss’s district has only one living victor- Haymich Abernathy- to train her and Peeta Mellark, her district’s other tribute. When the games begin, Katniss is one of the 13 tributes to survive the first day. Peeta also survives. After she gets her hands on a bow and arrows, she knows she has a chance to survive the Hunger Games. Teaming up with Rue, a small girl who is from district 11 and reminds her of her beloved sister, she comes up with a plan to turn the odds in her favor. When Rue is murdered by another tribute, it steels Katniss’s resolve to win and also to find a way to get back at the cruel Capital that creates the games, to show them that they don’t own her.
This book is set in a terrible future. It is an adventure, a love story, and a tale of determination. I would recommend this book to someone who wants an exciting and fast paced read. I thought this book was well written and did a great job of transporting the reader to another world. This book showed the fight of the oppressed and the terrible power of the oppressor, and how sometimes, when there is no right thing to do, people are forced to do what it takes to survive.

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