The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her placeI found this book on Stephenie Meyer's website and was iffy about reading it. It wasn't until my friend basically forced it onto me that I picked it up and read it. And I'm greatly glad that I had. It was a GREAT book. I absolutely love it!
The plot was new and original. The creation of the world was one I've never seen before and was enjoyable to learn about. It was intense and made me read into the early hours of the morning. Since it was written in the present tense, there was no way of knowing how it was going to end. For all I knew, it could have ended in disaster. Each of the chapters left a cliffhanger and there was no choice but to keep reading until the end.
The characters were new and original. It immediately made you fall in love with Katniss and Peeta as they fought through the Hunger Games. It made it hard to decide who I would want to win the story because I loved the characters so much.