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{The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins}The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games
Published by Scholastic Press on September 01, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Movie Adaptation, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she see it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

“The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over the period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins,” {suzanne collins}.

{My thoughts} – I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons.

{Part One} – This book isn’t what I had originally assumed even though I had gotten a lot of insight about it from a friend. It has in fact exceeded my expectations. It follows the journey of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark as they are chosen as players {tributes} in the Hunger Games. They are from District 12 which is one of the poorest in the country and based on the description within the book it reminds me of the {great depression} only through a more futuristic type of stand point.

{Part Two} – This part consisted of a lot of trial and error as well as some emotion. Along with all of that came a lot of destruction as well as death and determination to survive against all odds. The players within the arena have learned that the quickest way to eliminate some of the other players is by joining forces and then eliminating their allies when they are no longer of any use. This part ended with a new rule being announced that added a nice twist to the storyline.

{Part Three} – The end of the book which was based on survival and cunning manipulation in my honest opinion. It also embarks on the journey of rebellion towards the Capitol that is in charge of these Hunger Games which shows that it is possible to “stick it to the man” if you have enough determination and the cunning ability to outsmart them.

In the end the characters had out smarted the government in which I believe to be completely justified given that I view the Hunger Games as Barbaric and unnecessary evil. I understand the government’s desire to show that they are still in control and can still force it’s citizens to bend at their beckon call but I don’t believe that brutal murder between teenagers as a form of entertainment is worth the risk of another up-rise within the districts against the Capitol.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.