Monday, December 21, 2009

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) The
Hunger Games
by Suzanne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars On the good side, this book was a page-turner that kept me intersted throughout. Some parts are emotionally gripping and riveted my mind to the experience of entering games. It also provides good fodder for conversations with your child about things like relationships, survival,
politics, work, wealth, etc., not to mention the fact that people throughout history have been put through similar experiences as the characters in this book.

On the bad side, I felt there were so many contrived plot devices that it started to significantly detract from the story. It seemed as if the author had to continually invent things to make the story work out. I'm normally pretty forgiving of plot devices, but these were in abundance to the point of distraction. So as an adult reader, I can't say that I would recommend the book. For kids, however, I'd give it a mild thumbs up.

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