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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Mar 26, 2012

bookshelves: 1st-person, present-tense, scarlett
Read from March 25 to 26, 2012

Post-apocalyptic YA update of Imperial Rome's gladiatorial combat combined with The Lord of the Flies and "The Lottery." The first-person viewpoint of teen combatant Katniss Everdeen means we can't know much of anything about this world where a totalitarian Capitol, located in the Rockies, keeps 12 provincial Districts in line by means of controlled education, vastly superior technology, and these repugnant Hunger Games. A hurried ending and a few shaky plot decisions--an ill-advised attack by genetically altered wolf-human hybrids near the end comes immediately to mind--do little to derail this thought-provoking page-turner. Would be a gold mine for discussion in any middle- or high-school literature class.
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