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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Nov 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, death, dystopia, girl-hero, friendship, series, speculative-fic, teen, thriller
Read in May, 2009

I first heard about this book in a reading class at my local middle school. Good readers and reluctant readers all liked - no, loved - this book.
A dystopian future America is broken into 12 districts, each of which must send a yearly tribute, one boy and one girl, to the Capitol, where they will battle to the death to bring extra food home to their families and their districts. Everyone in the nation must watch the battle (reality TV taken to its extreme), and people with lots of money can sponsor a gift to a player (food, medicine, weapons) if they can afford it.
The characters are realistic, the setting is believable, and the plot goes quickly. There are lots of good places for discussion (which I imagine I'll have with kids when I booktalk this later this spring), and moral quandaries abound. Great stuff, can't wait for the sequel.

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