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Feature Book Review by Chloe Metzger: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May the odds ever be in your favour

In the future a land that was once called ‘North America’ is ruled by the Capitol. Divided into districts residents have little or no information about the rest of the population other and are eerily separated apart from for The Hunger Games, a fate no parent wants for their child. The Hunger Games are deigned to place two children between the ages of 12-18 into the arena where the whole country watches as they fight to the death for victory, and Katniss Everdeen has just signed herself up.

I know what you’re thinking. Does this girl have a death wish? No. After Katniss’ younger sister Prim is chosen for the games Katniss volunteers herself in desperation and knowing that she will die by the time the games end. Throw in a permanently drunk mentor, a boy who drives you crazy and stylists , fighting to the death sounds easy.

I’d heard a lot of good things about the Hunger Games before I read them but didn’t like the idea, kids fighting to the death? I decided to pick the novel up out of interested and ended up finishing it within a day with a set of new favorite characters. I couldn’t put the book down and I was sure as hell fighting alongside Katniss, I fell in love with her too. Although I was skeptical of her at first and slightly bored at the beginning I was soon absorbed and wanted to know every detail, what , why, how? and found myself surprised by some of the twists within the book. I was also able to visualize everything and have little drawings inside my head of what I think the characters look like, the only other series I’ve been able to do this with properly is Harry Potter.

On that note I do have some criticism, I feel like there were so many details but they were all rushed through to condense the games into one book. I would have honestly liked the first book to be split into two so we could get more action and more of a sense of the arena rather than the prep, although I sense this is important somehow. I do feel rushed though , for example the ending felt incredibly rushed, like there were so many ideas and leads to tie up before the end of the novel that they all had to be thrown in. I’m also confused and unsure as to what there is to the next book, although I am intrigued. What could possibly happen in the next one if we get to the end of the games in this book? I suppose I will have to wait and see.

I will give this book 4 stars, **** I really enjoyed it and read it within 24 hours before going out t buy the rest of the series. That said I do think it can be quite a slow start and that could lose some people, stick with it! Katniss will not let you down and neither will Peeta in an unexpected way….

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About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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