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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Jun 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, young-adult

Ages 12 and up.

Katniss, a young girl in a dystopian future has taken her sister's place in the Hunger Games, sort of a mix of Shirley Jackson's Lottery and King's the Running Man. In the Hunger Games, she is placed in an arena and must be the last survivor of similarly aged kids. If she wins, a life of leisure awaits her and her family back in her home. If she loses, death.

Katniss is a complex but likable character that faces the challenges ahead of here with a great deal of bravery but at no point does she feel single-dimensional or contrived.

The first in a trilogy, the Hunger Games paints a world filled with great separations between the haves (in the Capitol) and the have-nots (pretty much everyone else) and a complicated and tenuous political/social structure.

While targeted to the Grade 7 level, it is still a compelling and satisfying read for adults.

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