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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
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Aug 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, fantasy, great-series

“Real or Not Real?” Definitely Real. Given Suzanne Collins character development and gifted storytelling, there isn’t a moment where her futuristic dystopia does not feel real to the reader. Her ability to deftly draw you into every scene and absorb you into Katniss’s world enables you to suspend disbelief and “go” on the journey with her.

The Hunger Games series occurs in a future North America known as Panem, where government oppression severely affects the quality of life for the majority of its citizens. Panem is divided into 12 districts, each responsible for providing a specialty product/service to the lush and wealthy capitol. These districts are motivated into submission by the very real threat of dying from hunger. To remind the districts of their obligation to the capitol and of the failed rebellion of the government demolished District 13, each year a male and female teenager from each district is selected from a lottery (The Reaping). These youngsters are sent to fight each other as “tributes” in a harsh environment called the arena. The teens fight to survive the traps set in the arena and they fight and kill each other until only one teen, the victor, is left standing.

The 3 books tell the story of Katniss as a tribute in the games, as a victor and the impact of her actions on the country, and finally as a reluctant rebel and symbol of hope for citizens fighting to over throw an evil system.

Suzanne Collins is made of pure awesomeness. My advice is to start this series during a time when it is not critical if you don’t get any sleep. After completing the series, I went through my previous “5” book ratings to ensure they were still deserving of that honor.
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