The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A futuristic story in a destroyed America creates the structure of this story. Katniss Evergreen grew up in district 12, the last one, with a poor fatherless family. She has constantly battled hunger with her best friend, Gale to keep her beautiful younger sister, Prim and her depressed mother alive. The Capitol has reighn over the 12 districts and they lead it with a firm hand. Every year they have something called "The Hunger Games" and it entitles each district to randomly give up a boy and a girl ranging between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in an arena where only one person will survive. They force the families to celebrate and watch the the t.v. as the killings go on.
Katniss is suddenly thrown in the arena with one other boy, Peeta. Will she be able to battle kids her own age and one little girl that resembles her sister? Or will her heart remain strong?
I wasn't too sure about the Hunger Games when I got it one Christmas. It seemed too brutal and a bit far fetched for me. I love reading so I started the book and had it done within three days. The Hunger Games is a thrilling and captivating story that will have readers begging for more by the end, I know I was. Katniss's emotions are so raw and almost tangible that you're immediently swept up in the book. It has a power over any reader and I haven't heard one person disagree.
The Hunger Games arena makes everybody wonder what the creators are going to throw out at Katniss next. She's running from the arena as well as the 23 other players who are out for her blood. Katniss has emotions for the little girl and Peeta, the quiet boy she was sent with. I couldn't find one thing wrong with this book except for the abrupt ending that just made me want more.
Let the Hunger Games begin....