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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Dec 23, 2011

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Read from December 23 to 25, 2011

An extremely popular fiction book about a post-apocalyptic world where the government is extraordinarily cruel to its citizens. After a revolt, the new country of “Panem” divides its citizens into 12 “districts” and each year, ostensibly to keep the citizens in check, there is a “reaping” where two children – one boy and one girl – from each district are chosen to participate in the “Hunger Games.” The 24 kids then battle to the death, and there can only be one winner. The plot is relatively simple, the dialogue uncomplicated, making this an extremely fast read. Even so, the story is engaging and lively. The target audience is teenagers, but there are some rather brutal scenes in the book as the kids kill each other off for the entertainment of the country. The underlying themes of morality, compassion for one’s neighbors (or lack thereof), and mortality are readily accessible. I can see why this book is so popular across age groups.

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