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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Jun 30, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: drama, ya, best-of-2009

In some future North America, 13 districts rebelled against the Capitol and lost. As punishment, every year each of the 12 remaining districts (the 13th was destroyed) must send two of their children - one boy, one girl - between the ages of twelve and eighteen to The Hunger Games, a reality TV show in which the contestants are placed in an enclosed, artificial environment and must kill each other until only one is left.
Sixteen year old Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place and fights physically, emotionally and psychologically against the other contestants in a battle to the death.
This is a thrilling, gripping read that I couldn't put down; definitely the best book I've read this year. Great characterization, interesting symbolism, eerily familiar setting. Not only does Katniss battle her opponents, she must question her own feelings, actions and motives as she does so. Highly recommended for 9th graders to adult. Can't wait for the sequel!
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