Thursday, October 14, 2010

Book - Hunger Games

District 12 was the coal mining district, the scarcity of food made it difficult to support her family (mother and younger sister, Prim). With only the meager rations allotted to them, Katniss Everdeen and her friend Gale Hawthorne regularly took to the forest to hunt, even though it was against the law. Her father had taught her the basics of surviving off the land and trading before he died and with Gales help, she was able to build her skills. Every year there was a reaping day, and that day was coming soon. One boy and one girl from each of the remaining 12 districts would be chosen to be a tribute for the Hunger Games. This year, Prims name was pulled for the girls but there was no way that Katniss would allow her 12 year old sister be a tribute, so she volunteered. The boy tribute drawn was Peeta Mellark, the son of the baker and a boy that she had remembered was once nice to her and her family. Knowing that very soon one or both of them would be dead saddened her with the only good thing being that her mother, sister and Gale would all be safe for the next year.

Book 1 …..This is marked as a Young Adult, but it seems a bit dark and violent for the younger of the group. Just because it is about teens doesn’t mean it is necessarily for teens. This game of survival is deadly for he children involved and the savagery is encouraged by the government. The story is fast paced and an attention grabber for sure. The characters are well formed (I think my favorite is dear Rue) and the action was quick and intense. The writing style had me pausing occasionally, it was tedious and exhausting with the ‘he said’, ‘she said’s (don’t know how else to explain it). This was not much of a concern compared to the story line, characters, action scene and the ending. Some might be content with this ending, but not me (primarily a romance reader), I need to know what comes next (in Catching Fire) for them all. ( )
October 13, 2010

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