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.