Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Read This Book and I'm Still Hungry

I've heard others at the shop rave about The Hunger Games so often that I finally picked it up, just so I would know what all the fuss is about. And now, predictably, I will also rave about it :) This book has EVERYTHING that I like in a young adult book:

1. A unique, non-cliched premise: In a futuristic America, the capitol entertains its own people, and punishes the outlying districts for a long-ago rebellion, by demanding a yearly "tribute" of a boy and a girl  for a last-man-standing fight to the death in the televised Hunger Games (think WAY hard-core reality tv show);

2. A strong girl protagonist: Kat has been the main provider for her family since her father was killed, even though hunting and trading are highly illegal in her poverty-stricken district, and now will be forced to leave them to be her district's tribute;

3. Just enough of the mushy stuff- There are definitely  a few interesting romantic angles in this book, but not enough to be overwhelming;

4. Tension, action and adrenalin (although I won't say any more than that for fear of ruining any of the plot);

aaaand, MOST importantly....

5. A sequel! I did NOT want this book to end, and was extraordinarily pleased to discover that the sequel, Catching Fire, starts up right where Hunger Games leaves off, so I had more story immediately. Yay!

- Marcy

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