I took a brief hiatus from my reading for the selection committee for next year’s Snow Willow awards to read The Hunger Games, the first in a trilogy.This occurred partly because of the fabulous reviews this novel generated and partly because it arrived as a mature read with my Scholastic Book Fair, and I wanted to see if it was appropriate for an elementary library.
This is probably one of the most riveting, gripping science fiction novels I have ever read, and I absolutely look forward to reading the next one. In a post North American society, the Capitol maintains control over its populace by choosing two young people each year from the 12 districts to participate in the Hunger Games. This consists of an ornate preparation time and culminates in the young contestants being thrust into a hostile environment, where only one is meant to survive. Katniss and Peeta, both from District 12, are forced to become enemies and yet it becomes clear that Peeta has feelings for Katniss. If it comes down to it, one of them must kill the other. Twists and turns make this an exciting reead and one where you can hardly bear to stop reading. Catching Fire is the sequel. I have it- I can’t wait to read it!
I recommend this highly for all high schools and I believes this is also suitable for your stronger grade 7&8 readers. Adults, worthwhile for you as well.Filed under High School, Science Fiction, YA | Comment (1)