The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
To be honest about Hunger Games, I was really unsure about reading this book and even put off getting it. What I knew about the book (word of mouth) is it is about a bunch of little kids killing each other for the fun of it. I found out how wrong that is!
The missing pieces are that this dystopian novel takes place in the future of North America now known as Panem. The "Capital" forces each of the twelve districts in Panem to send one boy and one girl to play the Hunger Games. This is done as a punishment toward the people of the districts and it was also for entertainment and a way to gain some profits for the Capital. These games are played until death and there is only one winner. In district twelve when Katniss hears her little sister's name called, she volunteers to take her place since she has a better chance of winning. So she goes to the Capital with Peeta, the boy chosen from district twelve to these games.
Enough background information was given to make sense of the scene yet I wasn't bogged down with pages of overkill. I felt the characters had depth and I was able to follow them even through their thoughts and feelings. The story was full of action and it slowed just enough at times for touching scenes without stalling or become boring.
I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I wanted to read it in one sitting since the pace of the book was good and there was nowhere I felt I could stop because I wanted to know what came next. I definitely recommend this book.
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