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20 May 2011 @ 01:39 pm
Book Review—The Hunger Games  
The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazingly good. It kept me very interested, and I rad the whole book within 24 hours. albeit, not consecutive 24 hours, as I have to work, but close enough. I started the book on the afternoon of May 18 and finished it at 1 am on May 20.

Anyway, the storyline was amazing. What a horrible world to live in where your life is not valued at all. A world that takes enjoyment of watching young people from age 12-18 battle it out till death. It upset me to think that such world could exist. However, after I finished reading it, I reminded myself that we live in such a world as it is. Our young ones are sent to battle, granted that they are not 12-18, but they are mostly 18-20. What's the difference? They are young, at the start of their lives. Oh, but we don't watch them battle it out? Really? What are those newsreels about that we watch on TV?Granted, the faces of the dead are not zeroed in, but nonetheless, our society is no better than that of Katniss Everdeen's.

Now, that I got my political views out of the way, all I can say is that this is a book that should not be bypassed. It's a great read. I could hear my heart beat fast as Katniss described her moments in the arena. It was a fascinating world to be part of. Now, I am going to read the second book, and I have a feeling that I won't be disappointed.

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gl12gl12 on May 23rd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I LOVED this book. Couldn't put it down. I am planning to re-read it now that they are making a movie of it.

I wonder, do you think it is appropriate for "young adult fiction"? It was SO violent and brutal. Maybe I am just out of touch with what young adults can handle.

I will be interested to hear your take on the next two books. I won't comment until you post your reviews.