Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Hunger Games

My younger daughter is a thirteen-year-old non-reader.  She is not one to pick up a book.  In fact, with two weeks left of the summer she still has another book to finish her summer "homework" assigned by me.  One of her friends at school is probably the most voracious reader I know.  She recommended The Hunger Games to my daughter, who in turn recommended it to me. 

This book by Suzanne Collins was published in 2008.  It is a post-apocolyptic tale about a girl who put herself (in place of her younger sister) in the Hunger Games--a government-sanctioned game where opponents (chosen from a lottery of all 12-18 year olds in each district) fight to the death.  The story follows Katniss Everdeen's journey. 
Themes in the novel include government control, haves and have-nots, friendships, love, family, poverty.  This novel would appeal to male or females.  In 2009 and 2010, Collins published two more books in the series:  Catching Fire and Mocking Jay.

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