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Hunger Games series

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Last summer I started reading a series based on my SIL’s recommendation.  It started with The Hunger Games and continued with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.   I approached this YA series with some reluctance.  It is written from first-person POV and in present tense.  I usually have a problem with just one of these.  I was worried that both together would be a big stretch for me to read.

I was completely wrong.  The story connected immediately.  I was immersed in the life of Katniss Everdeen and her problems in the far distant post-post-apocalyptic future.  Her character is well developed as is the background of the nation of Panem.  Ms. Collins does a great job of exposition through dialogue and introspection.  She gradually lets us know that Panem is the former site of the USA.  The Capitol is somewhere near modern-day Denver.

I won’t give a synopsis here.  Wikipedia seems to have a good one, but beware spoilers.  My 10YO daughter loved the first book and can’t wait to get her hands on the second.  I just finished the last book.  After really enjoying the first 2 books, I excitedly began the third and final book in the series, Mockingjay.  Read more if you don’t mind spoilers. Read more…