New Review Tuesday: The Hunger Games
You 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?