Book Review – “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Daring, romantic, and dangerously death defying. The Hunger Games is absolutely the most exciting on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of book!

The main character, 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen, begins her story with having the responsibility of taking care of her mother and sister. To care for her family, Katniss and her best friend Gale, hunt and trap in the woods, an act forbidden to the Districts. Katniss and her family live under the evil rule of the Capitol, the rulers of the twelve districts. The real action begins with the coming of the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games occur because of a rebellion in the past from District 13. Now, as punishment, the Districts must send one male and one female, between the ages of twelve and seventeen to be given as tributes to the Capitol. The Capitol then takes the helpless children and puts them in an arena where they are to fight to the death. All the Districts are forced to watch on live television as the contestants’ battle it out. So when the sister of Katniss is called for the Hunger Games, Katniss naturally volunteers in her place. Katniss and the male tribute, Peeta Mellark, are rushed through frenzied appearances in front of the Capitol and then are sent into the arena.

The rest of the book is a heart stopping adventure as Katniss forces her way through the Hunger Games, along with Peeta Mellark, who Katniss has mixed feelings for. Only one must come out of the arena. But will it be Katniss? Or will she have to sacrifice herself to save Peeta from an untimely death? Find out in this three part series, The Hunger Games!

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Son to a farmer, 16 year old Blake lives in rural New Mexico with his parents, two sisters and a brother where they raise cattle, wheat and 4H livestock. He can drive a combine, pull a plow and milk a goat! Blake is a veracious reader: Done with homework? Read a book. Free class time? Read a book. Road trip? Read a book! When he’s not reading, Blake is a very active leader in his school and community where he is President of his 4H club, a member of FFA, BPA, FCA, Student Council, FCCLA (in which he competed at a national level) and, his favorite–journalism. (read more…)


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