Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Hunger Games - by Suzanne Collins

4 Stars
Sometimes a book is unavoidable. First, my Grandson was in need of a credit in HS and was given the option of reading the trilogy and then doing a separate project for each one. He highly recommended the books to me, then the movie hype, so I figured I may as well read the book.

Suzanne Collins, who has had some success as a writer for children's television has created an interesting dystopian society where the country is broken into 12 Districts of various resources, but all poor and citizens struggle to feed their families.

Each year, the Capital, where wealth and luxury abound, holds a drawing from all of the 12 to 18 year-olds, selecting one boy and one girl from each District, to compete, to the death, in the Hunger Games. That's a rather simplified description of a somewhat complex process. The winner receives recognition for their District and a much more comfortable life for themselves and their family.

The author does a nice job of fleshing out characters, imbuing both the main and secondary ones with enough attributes and personality to make them interesting in their own right.

I chose to give the book four stars. It's not one of the best I've ever read, and in its category as a YA novel(which would include all the Harry Potter works) it's not quite to that level. However, I liked it well enough and any book that gets children reading deserves serious props.

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