Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Hunger Games

"Winning Means Fame and Fortune.
Losing Means Certain Death.
The Hunger Games have Begun..."
Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
Storyline - In the world of Panem, a place once known as North America, the citizens must participate in The Hunger Games created by the Capital after a rebellion many years ago where their children fight to the death as everyone watches. But when Katness's little sister is chosen for the Games, she volunteers in Prim's place. Not knowing if she will survive, Katness and her fellow tribute, Peeta, travel to the Capital to train and make a good show for the ones watching. Not knowing what kind of conditions they will be in, Katness knows she doesn't stand a chance if there isn't a bow which she has been using to feed her family most of her life. As they prepare, Peeta drops a bomb shell in an interview that Katness doesn't know if it is part of his strategy... or truth. As the games begin, she is going to have to fight with everything she has to survive.
Author - Suzanne Collins

Publisher - Scholastic
Age Group - 15 and up

Content - Katness has to hunt in the woods illegally because can't afford to buy food. Calles a woman 'witch' twice (this is the closets the book comes to swearing) and does sometimes hate and feels like taking revenge on others. But she is also sacrificial and protects the ones she cares about. Not too interested in killing people either but does if it comes to it. Peeta works hard to protect Katness. Peeta and Katness do go to sleep together a few times but that is all they actually do, sleep. Nothing else is even hinted to or thought about. The games get a bit bloody sometimes

Personal Opinion - This was an exciting, captivating book. It was good I read this during Spring Break because one day I decided to do nothing but read. Even though there were occasions of telling, I didn't get bored and I just kept reading it.  The telling of the past events actually help in this instance to move the story along quicker to the Games but also gave the needed back-story to understand where the characters were coming from. I loved the fact that the characters never swore and the romance never went any farther than talking and kissing on occasion. I can't wait to get book 2 and see the movie now.

Awards - New York Times Best Seller. Check out the author's website for other awards.

Links - Learn more about the books and author here.
Visit the movie's website.

Buy - Amazon

Special Notes - This is the first book in a trilogy. Book 2, Catching Fire, and book 3, Mockingjay, are availible now.
Movie Review.

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