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MOCKINGJAY

By Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic Press

Copyright © 2010

Katniss Everdeen has survived, barely, her second stint in the Hunger Games thanks to a rescue operation carried out by the rebels and their Capitol spies. But all is not well. Not all of the games combatants were rescued. Among those left behind was Peeta who President Snow will now use to thwart the rebel cause and break Katniss.

Things aren’t well in District 13 either. However happy she is about being rescued, it was done with ulterior motives. Katniss finds that she has been saved so that she can be the face and voice of the rebellion, the Mockingjay. However, Katniss finds district 13 to be very strict and antiseptic and something about its leaders gives her an uneasy feeling. Will the leader of district 13, President Coin, still have a use for her when she has accomplished their goal? And will she be saving or destroying more lives? One thing is for sure; the rebellion is going to cause her grief on a level she has never known.

Mockingjay is at once different and similar the first two books in this series. In the first two books she is a captive of the Capitol and the Hunger Games. In Mockingjay she is safely inside District 13, but she is still a captive of the Games. Her life is now about taking down the Capitol the cruel creators of the Hunger Games, but she is still a captive in many ways trying to save Peeta, trying to keep District 13’s leaders happy, and trying to come to terms with all of the sorrow that has occurred since her first trip to the Hunger Games.

Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Finale is exquisite. Her ability to tale a tale that is filled with action, suspense, love, internal angst, and a philosophical and historical understanding of humans is spellbinding. I literally could not put this book, or any of the books, in this series down. The ending is so dramatic that I felt the pain and understood the necessity of Katniss’ actions. This series is just completely awesome. It has moved to the top of my YA Fiction list.

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Catching Fire

Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic Press

Copyright © 2009

In the Second book of the Hunger Games series, Katniss and Peeta have come back victorious from the Hunger Games. She was hoping that life would be a little better from now on with the games behind her. However, she finds that the things she was forced to do and say in the arena to stay alive have alienated her from her best friend back home in district 12, and she’ll soon learn that those same actions in the arena have been viewed by the poor people of the districts and by the president of Panem as an act of rebellion. If she can’t prove to the public that what she did was out of her undying love for Peeta she is going to be in big trouble with President Snow. Will the president be able to quell the rebellion, or will his plan backfire and incite more anti-capitol sentiment?

Just when I thought that Suzanne Collins wasn’t going to be able to top the suspense and thrill of first book in this series, she goes and proves me wrong. I never saw the quarter quell coming, although it was alluded to in the first book. What we find is that the President has control of what the rules for the quarter quell are. (That is all I’m going to give away.) This isn’t the only shocker in “Catching Fire.” Katniss and Peeta are given freedom by their coaches to be themselves. The way they surprise and antagonize the Capitol and President Snow is beautiful. I found myself cheering them on and even laughing at their brazenness. If the first two books in this young adult series is any indication of how good the third will be, then I am in for a real treat.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic Press

Copyright 2008

Where the North American countries once stood now stands Panem. Panem is ruled by a central capitol city located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and it is surrounded by 12 districts. At one time there were 13 districts; they banded together and rebelled against the capitol. The rebellion was quelled in districts 1-12 and for good measure the Capitol completely destroyed district 13. As a reminder to the districts not to rebel again, each year the Capitol puts on a violent reality TV display called the Hunger Games. Every year each district chooses a boy and a girl, by way of a name drawing, to participate in the games. These 24 children are taken to the capitol fed, dressed, trained, and then placed in a large outdoor arena (seemingly miles across). The object of the games is simple – kill or be killed.

Katniss is from District 12, Appalachia, She is sixteen and has endured the fear of having her name pulled many times. She like every other youth from 12 has no desire to go to the games, and she prays that she won’t get picked. When the unexpected happens and an unlikely name gets called, Katniss will actually volunteer to go in order to save another’s life, knowing that she will likely die for this choice. Of course, while she thoroughly expects to die in the games she has no intention of giving up. Even though contestants are treated like animals it might just be her humanity that saves her.

Suzanne Collins “Hunger Games” is an absolutely amazing work of YA Fiction. Some call it steam punk and others call it dystopian, but whatever you call it, be sure to call it awesome and riveting! The hunger games gives off a historical feel in the beginning with the people of district 12 working the mines, hunting for food, and just trying to scrape out an existence with little in the way of modern technology. Quickly though, the district is juxtaposed against the futuristic world of the Capitol where there are hover cars, instant food, and futuristic fashions and cosmetics. To see our protagonist adjust to this is interesting to say the least. More enjoyable though is to find a character that is so complicated. Katniss is selfless and yet fiery and calculating. She is what she thinks she is not, a survivalist.

This is an absolute must read for teens. It has everything adventure, suspense, science fiction, and even a little romance. I am going to get started on the second book in the seriese (Catching Fire) Immediately!

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