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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Aug 19, 2010

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bookshelves: category-teen, category-sci-fi-fantasy

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

I can certainly understand the appeal for the teen audience. This is a smart, quick, engaging thriller that leaves you wanting more and is hard to put down. The personalities of the various contestants add depth to the story and much as I dislike dystopian books, I felt like Collins created a vivid world of the future. You could picture all of this happening. My only complaint with the book was the "romance" between Katniss and Peta. It was contrived, drawn-out and ultimately boring to me in the midst of the real interest of the story: the game itself.

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