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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love

Bought it from the Amazon Kindle Store.

I was not sure about this book going into it. I mainly picked it up because more then one of my good friends guaranteed that I would love it and even threatened in good nature of course, to beat me up if I did not at least give it a shot.

After reading it I am still kind of Eh about it. While it was not the worst one I have read by far, neither is it the best. If you are a fan of the strategic action packed genre then this is the one for you. What I found so hard to believe and wrap my mind about was the fact that grown adults let children, some as young as twelve fight to the death. Perhaps I am just hopelessly optimistic but I just cannot see any one not starting an out and out riot over the fact that kids were killing one another. I for one would not want the victor to grow up with that much mental damage and the knowledge of how to kill another, sometimes even so brutally.

I did like the fact that in the end it was not brute strength that won it for them, it was brains that gave them the advantage over them all.

I will say the writer was able to draw enough emotion out of me that as I read it and as certain characters died I was sad for their loss and that to me is the sign of a good writer even if I was not a particular fan of the book.
It is one I will recommend to the ones who enjoy such genre's

Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Favorite Charrie: Rue, She had to have been the sweetest girl ever  I was rooting for her all the way up to the end.

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