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March 4, 2011

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

   Not long ago, Sandra kept hearing on Facebook about a series of books called The Hunger Games.  She picked them up for Kindle and when I got a break in my own list of books to read, I decided to give them a try. That was six days ago and I didn't stop reading the entire time.  There are three books in the series: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.  I'll try not to give too much detail because the books are worth the read.

   The books are set in the future when there is a new government referred to as The Capital and there are 12 districts that each provide something the government needs.  One provides coal, another provides lumber, but all serve The Capital.  Every year, each district holds an event called the reaping in which one boy and one girl (tributes) between the ages of 12 and 18  are chosen to represent their district.  The games themselves are an elaborate event in which the 24 children chosen must battle until only one of them survives.  It is a method by which The Capital demonstrates their power and control over the lives of the people.  Of course most people are not happy about this, but have no idea what they could do.

   Katniss Everdeen is the central character of the book and a participant in the Hunger Games.  Through a series of choices she makes during the games, she stirs the pot of discontent among the districts, which eventually leads to all out rebellion and war.  Many decisions she makes have serious implications that she doesn't even understand herself at the time.  It is an interesting series that is well written and does a good job of connecting you with the characters.  The books are a little less than 400 pages each, but they are fast paced.  It took me six days to all three of them.  Don't let the fact that they are technically geared to teenagers stop you from reading them.  They are definitely worth the time and I can't wait for the movies to start coming out in early 2012.  I'd give The Hunger Games 4.5/5 Catching Fire 3.5/5 and Mockingjay 4/5.  Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think.  You can start with The Hunger Games Kindle Edition for only $5.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)