Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The most horrible day of the year in District Twelve is "Reaping Day", when two young people are randomly chosen to participate as Tributes in the brutal Hunger Games. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is chosen, Katness doesn't hesitate: she volunteer's to take Prim's place in the game that will test her resourcefulness. In order to survive, she must win the game. In order to win, she will have to kill the other Tributes, even those who have become her friends and allies.

Katniss' unusual winning solution to the Games brings her fame in the Districts and in the Capital...but not everyone loves her. In book two, Catching Fire, President Snow wants to squash Katniss' popularity, and thus crush the uprisings inspired by her defiance. Only one thing could be more cruel than the ominous threats to family and friends: a return to the Hunger Games arena.

Carolyn McCormick reads both audiobooks with exactly the right pacing to keep listeners avidly tuned in. With themes of oppression and rebellion intricately woven with a tale of survival and abiding love, the quick-paced action sequences are interspersed with nail-biting suspense, and a cliff-hanger ending that left me howling for part 3 (scheduled for publication in August 2010).

Recommended for readers 12 to adult. A few kisses but no sex or cussing, and plenty of blood.

1 comment:

  1. I'll have you know that YOU'RE to blame for my current predicament. If you wanted your revenge for me making you spit on your computer screen... well, you've got it. I think I'm obsessed with this series now. I'm serious. I really do feel like some sort of heroin addict jonesing for my next fix. Why didn't I wait until August 24th to start this series?!


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