The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

For those who have not yet read Suzanne Collins’ bestseller The Hunger Games, you don’t know what you are missing. It’s a thrilling adventure filled with the kind of suspense that will have you clutching the book from start to finish. From the opening pages you will fall in love with each character as you become part of the journey that has been forced upon them.

Imagine living in a world in ruins, a place once known centuries ago as North America, now called the nation of Panem. A nation divided into districts, each burdened to produce resources for the Capital based on the speciality of their region.

Since the last rebel uprising nearly three quarters of a century earlier, each district has been mandated by the Capitol to send one teenaged boy and girl to participate in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.”

As part of these games, each of the 24 players – one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen who are randomly selected from each region – are trained in combat and survival techniques that will benefit them once in the competition. Many elements may change from year to year – rules, players, surroundings – but one feature remains the same, kill or be killed. The winner will receive a bounty of riches for his or her district.

This is the life of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, the driving force in her family, the glue that keeps them together – she is their key to survival in one of the poorest districts in Panem. Ever since her father died, it is Katniss who supports her mother and younger sister by gathering all the food and supplies they need to live.

When her little sister Primrose (Prim) is selected by the lottery forced to represent her district in the games, Katniss immediately steps up to go in Prim’s place volunteering herself as tribute.

Survival for Katniss has become second nature, and without meaning to, she becomes quite the driven contender and celebrity of the games. But winning is more than crossing the finish line – it takes making life and death choices that not just anyone can make.

The Hunger Games is an enthralling, imaginative and plot-driven piece of work. It’s a fast-paced story with a world so believable you swear you’ve been transported into this post-apocalyptic world. This book quickly becomes an obsession as you eagerly await for the game’s results to be revealed, and desperately anticipate a greater outcome for our heroine. Fortunately this is only the beginning, book one of a trilogy that will leave you hungry for more.

Now is the perfect time to pick up the book with the movie set to be released March 23rd in theaters across North America.

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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