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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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From the very beginning this book captured my full attention. My personal connection with rural America, the recent surge in 'reality television', and the recent discussion of 'worst case scenarios for the United States' were all factors in my forming a bond with the lead character Katniss Everdeen. This book is set in the ruins of what was once known as North America in the nation of Panem. The Hunger Games are an annual fight to the death on live TV. The 'characters' are taken from 1 of 12 districts that surround the Capitol. The Capitol uses the games to keep the outer districts in-line and to reinforce the supremacy the Capitol had secured with a victory in the war. There are parallels not just in the actual setting of the story, but in addition, to post-apocalypse 'doomsday' type scenarios that have been floated recently. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well written and the suspense continues to build as the story unfolds. The Hunger Games is easily categorized into the 'can't put it down' book category. The strength of this book is akin to a Michael Crichton book... the details are ever-building and serve to provide the foundation for a realistic thriller. What sets this book apart from other books, though, is the fact that there is that eery feeling that this could just as well be real. Our cultural infatuation peaked by the ultimate reality show... with a twist. That is, these 'fighters' are not the burly, muscle-bound stereotypical cage fighters... instead innocent youth is cast in the role of the fighters. I couldn't help but to continue to try and place myself in the various situations to make sense of what the characters could possibly be feeling. The only situations that I continued to draw parallels with were those times when shock or adrenaline were in full control of my emotions and thoughts. The difference was that it was clear from the beginning to the 'tributes' (those selected from each of the districts) that their predicament was not something that would wear off or go away with a dose of medication... this was not a dream. I highly recommend this book but will caution younger students that the content can be gruesome and the idea of living in such a superficial and hostile environment.
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Stephanie Sapp Great review, hope you read the rest of the trilogy. They are just as good as the first.


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