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review: “the hunger games” July 23, 2009

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Scholastic // Hardcover // 384 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Let me first say that I have to thank two of my co-workers for nagging me to start this book. So, thanks Sarah and Amanda: you were right. This book is amazing.

I’ve never been a big sci-fi reader. In fact, I’ve been disappointed by a lot of sci-fi. Especially but sci-fi that’s full of alternative world building and long drawn-out explanation of weaponry and spacesuits. Okay, so it sounds like I hate sci-fi. Not true — I really liked “The Adoration of Jenna Fox.” And I would highly classify that as sci-fi.

And I loved “The Hunger Games.”

Katniss was a real character, a character that drew me in from the beginning of the book. You see, I have a little sister. And I know that I would do exactly what Katniss does for Prim. In a heartbeat.

The action of this book, the adventure was like a downward spiral. I kept reading faster and faster, yet when I finished turning the last page, I nearly cried because the book was over and I knew the story wasn’t. And when I found out that this was a trilogy, I thought I would go mad from waiting for the next books.

This fire — for lack of a better term — has calmed down…if only slightly.

Collins is a master world builder. I knew everything I needed to so that I could understand the story, but I wasn’t bogged down in the details. The few things that were told to us about the evolution of Katniss’s world were necessary, were plot points, and were welcome.

I think I’ve finally realized what makes a truly successful sci-fi story. It is not the world building and details. It is the characters. And the characters in “The Hunger Games” are the first sci-fi characters I’ve related to so closely, so immediately.

A highly recommended, addictive read that will have teens impatiently on the edges of their seats for the sequels.

SWAN catalog
Suzanne Collins




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