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BOOK REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES
BY SUZANNE COLLINS

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The seventy-fourth Hunger Games have arrived and every child between the ages of 11 and 18 are dreading it. Each year two children, a boy and a girl, from each of the 12 districts are randomly picked to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised event where all 24 kids (tributes) are forced to fight to the death. The tributes have no choice, either kill the other competitors before they kill you or die. There can only be one winner. Katniss Everdeen is almost immediately condemned to death when she knowingly steps forward to take the place of her one and only younger sister in the Hunger Games. Katniss is not only fighting for her life at every twisted turn, she is also fighting to understand her fellow District 12 tribute Peetaís odd behavior. She wonít go down without a fight and she sure as heck isnít going to let the Hunger Games and its supporters win.

The Hunger Games was a unique book that I looked forward to reading ever since I saw its book trailer. I was not disappointed. There were action-packed fight scenes and intimate trusting scenes. There were sad depressing scenes and happy, hopeful scenes. It had a little taste of everything!

The whole idea of the Hunger Games is barbaric and demeaning. They start it out like a pageant. First they have to have an amazing costume that dazzles the crowd. Then they have a talent portion where they have to show their skills to the judges. And finally they have to take part in a televised interview. Now go kill the other teens! Itís just plain horrid and because of it my sympathy and respect for Katniss grew. But then Katniss has to go and manipulate Peeta for her benefit. Itís understandable her wariness of Peetaís motives, but she didnít have lead Peeta so far into a fake relationship and inadvertently destroy his trust in her. Because of her leading Peeta on she lost some of my admiration and sympathy.

A few minor characters were just so over the top that you had to like them. They were strange and full of personality. When ever they were brought up, I couldnít help but smile. They were just so odd and outrageous that I was able to clearly imagine them.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the second book!

REVIEWED BY THE BOOKWORM

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