26 July 2012

#147. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Future/Dystopian/Thriller/Young Adult
In the remains of North America, in a harsh future, every year two young people from each District are sent to take part in brutal gladiatorial games in which there can be only one survivor. When Katniss Everdeen steps forward to save her sister, she and her male counterpart must face their own mortality and the stark reality of the totalitarian society they live in and what else might be taken from them.
Books written in the first person are fairly rare because they’re hard to pull off but it worked really well here. It allowed me to see things through the character’s eyes without the world-building seeming intrusive or taking up too much of the text. The reserved nature of the main character also helped building tension and keeping things moving.
July 2012

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