Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
374 pp. Scholastic, Inc. 2008 ISBN-13: 9780439023481 $17.99
Katniss Everdeen lives in poverty-stricken District 12 of Panem; Panem is what remains of the United States. The Capitol is always watching its citizens, and to keep them in line it began the annual Hunger Games. Every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 must compete in the games. This year, Katniss represents District 12, and will compete as all of Panem watches. For Katniss to win, she must kill and remain the last one standing. After hearing many of my peers raving about The Hunger Games, I immediately bought a copy. Although I don’t like to “judge a book by its cover,” I did; the cover did not impress me. I’m glad I moved past my initial judgment, because Suzanne Collins has written an absolute winner; her novel will win over the most reluctant readers. The Hunger Games is an intense ride from start to finish that will thoroughly entertain as it provokes thoughts (and fears) of the future. S.A.