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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
April 7, 2010, 3:59 am
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The Hunger Games

This book had me hooked from the moment I started reading. It was somewhat of an odd experience for me–a sci-fi novel certainly isn’t my preferred reading. But I had heard praise from so many people that I decided I had to read it.

It was a great decision.

The story takes place in a desolate North America, where everything has been destroyed except for the newly-formed country of Panem, composed of 13 districts and its Capitol. After District 13 tried to rebel against the power in the Capitol, they were completely obliterated and the Capitol assumed absolute power over Panem. District 12, the poorest of Panem, is where 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives. She is forced to live in poverty with her mother and 12-year-old sister, Prim.

To show the districts how much power they have, the Capitol constructed The Hunger Games, where a boy and girl from each district, ages 12 to 18, were chosen at random to compete in a fight to the death. Each child is entered once at age 12 and gets an additional entry for each year they aren’t picked. However, to make sure the poorer kids go out before the powerful ones, they organize a system where you can accept rations in exchange for more entries. Katniss takes the rations for her family, so she is entered 22 times and Prim is only entered once. The havoc that ensues lands Katniss in the Games to take Prim’s place, and she has to fight for survival.

The book was certainly enticing. The storyline felt refreshing after having read so many similar books in my lifetime. The ending must have been fantastic, because I plan to find the next book and read it as soon as possible.

-Morgan Munro


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