The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Re-read. Kindle Version. Originally read hardbacks. 

Summary via Goodreads: “The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.”

My Review: I’m making my way through dystopian YA books this month as I try my hand at writing my own dystopian retelling of Tinker Bell. Obviously, I wanted to start with The Hunger Games, which is one of my favorites. I first read it in college when it was published, and I own the trilogy hard copies. I enjoyed all of the movies, and was hooked as soon as I picked up the book again. I finished the story in two days because the pacing never falters. There are a few places here and there that are full of “telling,” where I preferred the dialogue from the movie script. Overall, it’s still one of my favorite stories, and I’m tempted to read and review Catching Fire and Mockingjay after speeding through this one.