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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Katniss, the girl who was on fire!”

I had never really got round to reading this book till now. To be fair, it was quite a good book and it had such a scope of emotions (I was sobbing my eyes out on the Alton train while reading some bits of it).

The basic plot is about the televised Hunger Games – where boys and girls from the districts fight to the death. Katniss volunteers as tribute when her sister Prim is selected as the female representative of District 12.

It really is a very good book, with a seemingly simple narrative. Obviously, there has to be a romantic plot thread and it works in this instance. The typical romantic plotline isn’t the standard ‘love at first sight’ between Katniss and Peeta, the son of a baker who is selected for the Hunger Games too. Collins isn’t afraid to pull the rug out from under the feet of her readers either, when it comes to plot. Proverbially speaking, of course. The oppression of the districts by the Capitol was certainly very similar to any society (even ours, a supposedly civilized one) where the government controls the people.

This is one of the few YA series I can tolerate without dying of boredom. I read it rather quickly, but I felt satisfied by how the story turned out for the time being. Soon I want to tackle the other two books in the series…

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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