The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The country of Panem, located in what was once known as North America, consists of 12 Districts ruled by the Capitol, an intimidating and controlling government. Every year, each District is required to send one boy and one girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, to The Hunger Games - a fight to the death. Only one of the 24 contestants will return home the victor. When her younger sister is randomly chosen as the female competitor for District 12, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place.
I was surprised to find this book was written for youth, considering the subject matter. However, it was one of the most engaging books I've read in some time. It was suspenseful up until the very end and I'm anxious to read the next two books. It's difficult to review, as the ending leaves much of the story unresolved, which is entirely due to the fact that this is the first book of a trilogy.
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