Sunday, August 21, 2011

STUDENT REVIEW - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic, Inc., 2009
384 pages (paperback)

 In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

It was action-packed with great ideas and plot twists. Not much [could be improved about this book]. I would rather Katniss not love Peeta because I like Gale. YES, YES, YES! [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers]. This is so good I recommend it to EVERYONE! –Zina D.

[I liked] the friendship with Rue and the tension. [I wish there were fewer] details about death. Yes, [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers] because it has a little bit of everything and there is a lot of stuff middle schoolers would like. –Hannah S.

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