Book Review: The Hunger Games

Submitted by teenspace on July 16, 2009 - 4:30pm

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Review by Tiffany, Young Adult Librarian at Rincon Valley

When I first read the synopsis for The Hunger Games, I was shocked by the premise.  The shock continued when it started to get good reviews.  I couldn’t wait to read it.  Apparently I won’t be the only one as Publishers Weekly is predicting that The Hunger Games will be as popular among teens as Twilight.  I read it soon after it was published and I still talk about it to teens at the Rincon Valley library.  The Hunger Games takes place in a future America called Panem.  In Panem there are thirteen districts of which twelve are inhabited.  Every year there is a raffle for two teens, one boy and one girl, from each district to enter into a competition.  However, this isn’t any ordinary competition; the teens are thrown into an arena and instructed to fight to the death while the rest of Panem watches. 

The main character in this book is Katniss, a sixteen year old girl who volunteers after her little sister is picked to go into the games. Will Katniss survive?   This is the first of a planned trilogy.  The second book, Catching Fire is coming out September 1st and you won’t want to miss it.

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