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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Katniss Everdeen lives within the poor, coal-producing district 12 far from the lavish life of the Capitol in the nation of Panem, previously known as North America. Katniss has little interaction with the people of the Capitol and hopes it will stay that way. For Katniss, her little sister Prim, and her best friend Gale, the only way they could go to the Capitol is if they were chosen to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Nobody wants to be chosen for that. The Hunger Games begins with the day of the reaping. This ceremony is when one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 are randomly chosen to represent their district on live TV in fight to the death.

The poorer you are, the more likely you will get chosen due to the extra entries you can add in exchange for food. The odds are against both Katniss and Gale. The surprise following the girl contestant drawing is overwhelming. Twelve-year-old Prim Everdeen’s name is called on her first reaping day. Without hesitation, Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place.

Along with Peeta Mellark the baker’s son and the district 12 mentor Haymitch Abernathey, Katniss heads to the Capitol to prepare to kill or be killed in the Seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games. Katniss has experience hunting in the woods and gathering roots to eat, but will it be enough to survive against 23 other teenagers?

Similar to Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, The Hunger Games examines what happens when barbaric traditions continue without any consideration for morality. This science fiction thriller will grab your attention in the first page and never lets you down. The descriptions along with the various relationships combine to create a world so detailed that you can’t help but feel a part of. Unpredictable, heart-wrenching, and suspenseful, The Hunger Games is sure to make it on numerous ‘favorite book’ lists.
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