Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After all the hype, the movie, and the discussion about the series, I finally read "The Hunger Games", and much to my surprise, I discovered that I like this book.

I like the future portrayed here - a central government that continually punishes the outlying provinces, called Districts, for their rebellion years ago. I also like the subtle romantic plot and the interactions between characters. But most of all, I like Katniss.

The reader sees and understands this world through the eyes and thoughts of Katniss, and the author uses her both as a believable storyteller and as a protagonist. I love how Ms. Collins uses Katniss' thoughts to give the reader information about the world, but in a believable way. No information dumps here. I also love how Katniss transforms internally throughout the games, playing along to save her district and sister but still rebelling against the cruelty of it all.

I look forward to reading where the author takes this next.

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