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New Review Tuesday: The Hunger Games

9780439023481_lgYou may have read about The Hunger Games here. Or here or here or here. Reviewers throughout the blogosphere have been buzzing about this new release from Suzanne Collins, author of The Underland Chronicles, for months, with some saying it'll earn a for-sure nod from the Printz committee.

Well I'm here to tell you: the hype is for real. The Hunger Games is a seriously compelling look at a dystopian future in which teens fight to the death on reality television. Because of the subject matter, it's definitely for students in grades seven and up. But while there's blood and violence, there's also a big heart to the first installment of this planned trilogy.

Even though the main character, sixteen-year-old Katniss, is literally trying to survive in a world that wants her dead, she can't resist the impulse to love and be loved. And that impulse is what will keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. Once you begin the book, you simply have to find out what happens to Katniss and her friends and family.

The neat thing about The Hunger Games is that, on the subject of last week's post, it has both boy and girl appeal—lots of fast-paced adventure with a feisty heroine to boot.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think?

Comments

Susan Blanton

I think The Hunger Games is an incredible book. I was prepared to dislike it--I really didn't want to read about a dystopian future. I don't care for reality TV. It sounded like sci-fi. And I wasn't even going to pick it up. But I love it. Katniss is a strong but vulnerable character. The plotting is intricate but believable. The world Suzanne Collins creates feels very real. And the writing is sure-handed. What a great read! My only problem is convincing others to read it--the idea of kids killing each other on TV is so disturbing that I find myself at a loss to explain the magic of this book. Very beautiful and very painful, I'd say. Read it, but be prepared to hurt.

Susan Blanton

I think The Hunger Games is an incredible book. I was prepared to dislike it--I really didn't want to read about a dystopian future. I don't care for reality TV. It sounded like sci-fi. And I wasn't even going to pick it up. But I love it. Katniss is a strong but vulnerable character. The plotting is intricate but believable. The world Suzanne Collins creates feels very real. And the writing is sure-handed. What a great read! My only problem is convincing others to read it--the idea of kids killing each other on TV is so disturbing that I find myself at a loss to explain the magic of this book. Very beautiful and very painful, I'd say. Read it, but be prepared to hurt.

Susan Blanton

I think The Hunger Games is an incredible book. I was prepared to dislike it--I really didn't want to read about a dystopian future. I don't care for reality TV. It sounded like sci-fi. And I wasn't even going to pick it up. But I love it. Katniss is a strong but vulnerable character. The plotting is intricate but believable. The world Suzanne Collins creates feels very real. And the writing is sure-handed. What a great read! My only problem is convincing others to read it--the idea of kids killing each other on TV is so disturbing that I find myself at a loss to explain the magic of this book. Very beautiful and very painful, I'd say. Read it, but be prepared to hurt.

Susan Blanton

I think The Hunger Games is an incredible book. I was prepared to dislike it--I really didn't want to read about a dystopian future. I don't care for reality TV. It sounded like sci-fi. And I wasn't even going to pick it up. But I love it. Katniss is a strong but vulnerable character. The plotting is intricate but believable. The world Suzanne Collins creates feels very real. And the writing is sure-handed. What a great read! My only problem is convincing others to read it--the idea of kids killing each other on TV is so disturbing that I find myself at a loss to explain the magic of this book. Very beautiful and very painful, I'd say. Read it, but be prepared to hurt.

Janice Robertson

I agree - the buzz is accurate. So often people rave about a book, and then I'm disappointed when I read it for myself, but not this time. I think kids are going to love it, and I'm going to have a hard time keeping it on the shelf. I didn't know it was going to be a part of a trilogy, and I'm kind of glad I didn't know that. The unfinished ending was a bit of surprise for me because of that, but I still really enjoyed the book.
I haven't read the Underland Chronicles - might go back and have a look at them now!

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