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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Mar 01, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, science-fiction, young-adult, read-in-2011, recommend-for-middle-school-book-cl, reviewed, audiobooks, series-complete
Read in March, 2011 , read count: 1

I read this book only because I am a middle school librarian and I knew that it would be on my shelves, and discussed by my students. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I've seen this basic plot before, and done well. I assumed that this book was just the latest fad. Another Harry Potter, or Twilight...

I read this book, and every moment lead so smoothly to the next that I didn't realize how far into it was before I had to set it aside - and I was so very unwilling. I was afraid that the main character would have to kill a lot of people and then it would be hard to put on a library shelf without misgivings. I then thought that it would be too likely that she would never have to kill anyone and it would be too unrealistic. I should not have worried. Every death was given the attention it deserved and I never lost my feeling of comradery with the main characters.

Susan Collins is a master story-crafter. Every element seemed well thought out and I loved the way she made the characters seem realistic and innocent and harsh all at the same time. Excellent writing!

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Mike (the Paladin) Lanica, I'll be interested in your opinions if you follow this up with the next 2 books. I liked this one also and held out hope through the second, but was profoundly disappointed in the final volume. As I said, "if" you continue I'll be interested in your thoughts.

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