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April 19, 2013

Book Review - 122 : Hunger Games

Author : Suzanne Collins
Publisher : Scholastic

Confessions First. I watched the movie - Hunger Games (released March last year) before i went in reading this fantastic trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Even though i enjoyed the movie thoroughly, keeping my straight line thought of 'books-being-better-than-film-adaptation', i went in to read all three books in the past few months.

Hunger Games is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death. She volunteers for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. The male tribute chosen from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a former schoolmate of Katniss who once gave her bread from his family's bakery when her family was starving.

Collins, who got inspiration to build up the trilogy by channel surfing of various reality shows on TV knows a thing or too about pacing and building up tension through the written word. Things move at such hectic speed that you need to take breaks to absorb all the drama and the action. This is not to take away the credit from the fact that there are some solid characters who reveal in this gory game of sweat, blood and character. It does portray that hypnotic level of violence but you enjoy it even though it is not real. And that's where the true victory of the book lies.

I am going with 4/5 for Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games. It is a video-game prototype book which reveal its card one by one, keeping you on tenterhooks all the time. If you haven't read it yet, you are definitely missing something in life. Go for it!

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