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I concur. Haggard Send a noteboard - 21/09/2009 10:37:41 PM
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The Hunger Games is a novel by award winning author Suzanne Collins. This book was recommended to me by the dude at my local Waldenbooks store and, since he's practically my twin in terms of what we enjoy, I assumed this would no doubt be another excellent recommendation.

I know that it seems a bit fanboy, but I can honestly say that I was blown away by this book. I was in no way prepared for the story inside. Well, maybe a little prepared. The guy at the Waldenbooks did tell me that it was like Thunderdome for kids. I guess that should have tipped me off.

Katniss lives in District 12, a coal mining district in what was once known as the Appalachian Mountains. Every year, one boy and one girl from each district compete in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death that the Capitol uses to show its dominance over the Districts. Only one person can emerge victorious, and that person is then set for life. Katniss always worries about being chosen, about what will happen to her family if she is. District 12 doesn't have a reputation for winning the games, and Katniss, though just 16, is the main bread winner for her family. Things take a turn for the worst, however, when Katniss' twelve year old sister is given the "privilege" of competing.

Collins weaves an incredible post-apocalyptic young adult tale that had me spellbound from the first few pages. The vocabulary is at an appropriate level for younger readers, and yet the story doesn't feel like it's being watered down in any way. This makes for a quick and suspenseful read. Collins chose to use the first person present tense to tell the story through Katniss' eyes, which I thought was quite interesting. At first, this bothered me, but eventually I think it led me deeper into the story, closer to Katniss' tale.

Katniss is fantastic as a narrator. Humble to a fault, and unable to trust others, her logic and thought process is interesting and slightly disturbing for a person her age.

I've never read another story by Collins, but if they're anything like this one I'll have to get the whole library. I highly recommend this book. It was my favorite book of 2008, and as soon as my local library gets a copy of the recently released sequel, Catching Fire you can bet I'll be all over it.

Final Score: 9.5/10 An quick read with an overarching story line that will easily span the three volumes of the planned trilogy, but with the kind of satisfying ending that rarely accompanies a trilogy.

The basic plot of the story has been done many times before, but I really enjoyed this telling. The second book, Catching Fire, is intense as well. I'm eager for the final book in the trilogy.

The books do have some pacing problems and the writing is clunky. But the story is intense and riveting. I stayed up way too late reading them.

Technically, the books are marketed to young adults, but adults will like them too. Because the action and themes are intense and a few times pretty graphic, parents may want to read it first to make sure it's appropriate for their children.
I'm drinkin' some George Jones,
and a little bit of Coe
Haggard's easin' my misery
and Waylon's keepin' me from home
Hank's givin' me those high times-
Cash is gonna sing it low
I'm here gettin' wasted-
just like my country heroes
-Hank III
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - 20/09/2009 07:32:24 AM 5403 Views
The story sounds familiar. - 20/09/2009 01:23:01 PM 1366 Views
Definitely not "The Lottery". *NM* - 20/09/2009 01:39:29 PM 725 Views
You're thinking of "The Long Walk" - 21/09/2009 02:45:04 AM 1340 Views
That's it. Superficial--that's good to know. *NM* - 21/09/2009 03:47:11 PM 716 Views
I concur. - 21/09/2009 10:37:41 PM 1628 Views

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