Saturday, February 11, 2012

Book 4: Series Book 2: The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press.

Textbook Chapter: 7

Subgenre: Survival; Dystopian Society; Science Fiction

Possible Curriculum Connections: Compare/Contrast The Hunger Games with similar futuristic books like Z for Zachariah or The Giver.

Book Summary: The book is based on a future North American society called Panem. Panem is broken into 12 districts, and to remind all of the districts that the Capitol is in control, each district has to sacrifice two older children/ teenagers to participate in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is an annual competition where each teen has to fight to the death in an arena like setting, where the Capitol adds obstacles like rain, fire, crazed animals, etc, to make the competition more difficult and more exciting to watch. In the end, whoever survives is the Hunger Games champion, and they are revered throughout Panem. Throughout the Hunger Games, a love story develops between Peeta and Katniss, who are two of the chosen teens for the Hunger Games, and between Katniss and Gale, who is Katniss’s best friend from District 12. The reader follows Katniss and Peeta throughout the Hunger Games as they struggle to survive. In the end, the love story between Katniss and Peeta helps to save their lives.
Personal Reaction/ Why Teens Would Read this Book:
I LOVED The Hunger Games! It was an interesting, captivating read with a unique plot! I know that the movie that comes out in March has added extra hype to the books, but they are legitimately great! By including Peeta, Gale, and Katniss in the novel, almost all teens will be able to identify with one of the main characters. They are all very different, but they are still typical teens. The book is also action-packed, with many twists and turns that make the reader want to see what comes next. The series is small, with only three books, but the author does a great job of setting the plot up for the next book. The end of The Hunger Games definitely makes the reader want to read the next book, Catching Fire. Overall, I am extremely impressed with this series!

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