Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used to be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

If I had read this summary in a book store I would have immediately put the book down—I don’t read stories where kids kill each other. Well, now I not only read them—I love them! Fortunately for me, a friend bought this book for me after hearing wonderful things about it, so I gave it a chance and now I’m a passionate Hunger Games fan!

Suzanne Collins is a master at character development. It’s rare to find an author who can develop so many characters so fully and beautifully with ease.  The first person point of view and use of the present tense really draws the reader into the book immediately. You aren’t just reading The Hunger Games—you’re living The Hunger Games.

One of the refreshing things about this book is that the characters aren’t all beautiful. The men don’t always do and say the right thing. They aren’t dressed to kill. Girls and women aren’t primping themselves, flirting, and trying to land the hot guy. The characters in this book are just surviving—but you’ll love them just as much as you love the Cullen family.

I rate this book a 10!

Similarity to twilight: 0 out of 10. There are no beautiful, sparkly characters in this book—only real people fighting for their lives.

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~ by whattoreadaftertwilight on June 27, 2010.

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