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Book Review: The Hunger Games Series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins

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One word: ADDICTIVE! Why? Read on:

The Hunger Games is set in the future in a place called Panem. Panem is North America after much destruction.  It is divided into 13 Districts and is controlled by the Capitol (possibly D.C.). Some districts are more wealthy than others and Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the book, lives in one of the poorest, District 12.

Each year The Capitol holds an event called “The Hunger Games.” They take one boy and one girl between the ages 12-18 from each district and they are placed in an outdoor arena. Within this arena, you literally have to fight for your life. The last person remaining is the winner of The Hunger Games and this person wins different gifts and items for their district for an entire year.

This year Katniss and another boy from her district, Peeta, are placed in The Hunger Games. They are mentored by their Tribute, Haymitch, the only one who has ever won for their district. Unfortunately for them, Haymitch is also the district’s drunk.

As I read this book, my heart was beating….FAST! Maybe it has to do with the story being told in first person, me having a child, or I can ACTUALLY see this happening in the future (hopefully not!), this book sucked me in! I couldn’t believe how they made this a televised event, placed bets on people’s lives and even had sponsors! The worse part,  you are FORCED to watch the event. So yeah,  you may be one of the “lucky” families that get to see a loved one die. Oh, I’ll tell you right now, these deaths aren’t pretty……AT ALL!

I don’t want to give anymore away about this book because it is too good for you to not read on your own. It is a MUST for you to find out the fate of Katniss and Peeta. Seriously.

The second book of the series, Catching Fire,  didn’t pull me in the same way as The Hunger Games. It was great in the beginning, a bit slow in the middle, and then BAM! It hits you in the end which forced me to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning reading the third book, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay had the same tempo of Catching Fire, great, slow……..and then we broke up. Huh? Yes, the series broke up with me. I felt like I was in a relationship with this series. I gave my heart and soul to these books and in the end they broke up with me without any type of explanation. No note, no text, not even a Jonas brother answering machine break-up call.

Ok, so I am being a little dramatic (fine?.a lot dramatic) but this is what The Hunger Games series did to me. They came into my life and took over. I suggest that you RUN to the nearest store and get this series. Buy all three books at the same time. I made the mistake of buying the first book on it’s own and when I was finished reading it I was down in the doldrums for a couple of days until the next books arrived in the mail. 
Have you read The Hunger Games? Thoughts, comments? What type of books do you read?

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