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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Pub. Scholastic, 2008

Phew! Reading this book just blew mw away. Several kids and librarians had mentioned The Hunger Games  to me so I bought it and boy I’m glad I did. Suzanne keeps you guessing and on your toes right till the last page.

It is about a country called Panem in which Capitol rules over 12 Districts in a tight fisted way. Previously there were 13 Districts but after a rebellion the 13th District was destroyed to teach the other Districts a lesson.

The action starts in a coal mining community, probably what is left of West Virginia, or District 12. It is on the eve of The Reaping, a ballot in which all children from age twelve to eighteen take part. A boy and a girl from each District are drawn to take part in the Hunger Games.

Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 at the Hunger Games, a contest that has only one winner, the last one left alive.

Part one of the story gives the background to the Hunger Games and the lives of Katniss and Peeta and their families, up to the Reaping draw. Part two covers the action from the Games and Part three covers the winner and the immediate aftermath.

There are resemblances to TV programmes Survivor, America’s Top Model, War footage from the News and the Roman Empire Games. Put them together and you have the Hunger Games. It is brilliant.

This book will appeal to reluctant readers and good readers alike from Intermediate school age through to Secondary school students. The good thing is there are two more to come in the series. You won’t put this book down.

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