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4.7 144
Young Adult Fiction 24950
The New Beginning
(Updated: March 22, 2012)
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The Hunger Games is a fictional novel with action and romance. It is a compelling book with an enthralling plot written by an amazing author, Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen, an ordinary 16 year old girl who is independent and courageous, is both the narrator and the main character of the story.

The Hunger Games takes place in North America which is, by then, separated into 12 districts and ruled by a tyrannical government. The story starts on the reaping day, where a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to participate in the annual hunger games that is held at the Capitol. When the name Primrose Everdeen is drawn out, Katniss bravely replaces her sister as one of the 24 tributes selected to participate in the games. 24 kids aging from 12 to 18 are thrown into an enormous arena and forced to fight each other to the death. Everything that happens in the arena is broadcasted live on television in every district. Katniss is aware of what she might encounter and how her life will be changed entirely. It is either death, or a triumph return. Danger lies ahead, awaiting.

Katniss Everdeen's independence and courage are greatly admired. Her mother sank into depression after the shocking death of her father and Katniss and Primrose are left alone to take care of themselves. As a result, Katniss had to sneak outside of the electrical fence surrounding district 12 to go hunting in the woods at the age of 11. There were venomous snakes, rabid animals and flesh-eaters in the woods. Not to mention, trespassing in the woods and poaching were illegal and carried the severest of penalties.

I personally like this book very much. It got me hooked in right away after the first few pages. The plot is breathtaking and unbelievably gripping and I found it hard to put down the book and stop reading. I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend this book to all ages who love intense action novels.
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