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This is one of the best novels I have read this year. The basic idea is very similar to Battle Royale. Put some kids in an arena of sorts for a fight to the death. In The Hunger Games, the kids are put in the arena as a way to make sure the twelve districts of Panem do not rebel against the Capitol. The story takes place in Panem, the ruins of North America, and the Capitol is their harsh form of government. The twelve districts each send two tributesa boy and a girl, and the games are televised each year for the citizens to see. Ah, dystopia!
Suzanne Collins made the novel a joy to read. It was thrilling, and I could not wait to find out what happened next. Pretty much every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Even the final one. It almost felt that the novel should have ended earlier and that part of the end should have been saved for the second novel. For now, Ill just believe the author knows what shes doing. I also love how she developed friendships between the tributes. It seems unlikely given that only one tribute can survive, but Collins does it quite realistically with her protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Shes everything I could have asked for in a protagonist. Incredibly likeable and extremely realistic. I dont ask for much, do I? ;) The minor characters are also very interesting. I cant really say lovely or nice with the viciousness of a few of them.