Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teen review: HG again

I have just read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It was a very interesting and fun book at about 374 pages. It is a science fiction book, so it proves to contain an interesting plot. I would recommend this book to people grades 6 and up because of some of its violence and mature content.

The book is about how the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is living in a place that was once North America called Panem. Panem is divided into twelve districts, each having a different role in supporting Panem’s economy. The people of Panem’s districts once attempted to revolt against their oppressive government stationed in the rich, poshy city called the Capital. The districts failed, angering the Capital. As punishment, each of the districts must give one boy and one girl to participate in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death in a massive arena that replicates certain climates. Katniss is chosen in a random selection called the reaping, and now she must show her worth in the arena or die trying.

I really liked this book overall, and would recommend it to all my peers. The author does a great job of describing Katniss’ whole situation, putting you right in her position. You could almost feel her anger, sorrow, and happiness throughout the book. The scenery is also vividly described in each of the different places we encounter in the book. From District 12 to the arena, you will be able to picture any scene from the book after reading it. Due to the unique plot, the story proves to be a page turner sure to keep you up at night. I had to force myself to put it down after hours of straight reading. The plot takes some unpredictable turns throughout the book, so you won’t be reading a cliché happy ending book.

In conclusion, the Hunger Games is a page-turning descriptive book sure to fulfill your reading needs for weeks. This book is one of my favorite books of all time, so I encourage you to read it. I give this book a 5/5 rating.

Reviewed by DS, grade 8

Editor's note: The library has, of course, the two sequels, plus all three books as sound recordings, plus the two DVDs. I imagine that, given his favorable rating, this reviewer will keep going through the rest of the series!

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