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The Hunger Games movie news

The Hunger Games book coverMTV.com is reporting that Liam Hemsworth has read for a part in The Hunger Games movie.  The big question is, though, who would he play–Peeta or Gale???

The Hunger Games Trilogy has become the latest must read series, especially with the news that a movie will be made.



Here’s what two teen reviewers have to say about The Hunger Games:

Hunger Games is one of the best books i have ever read. It tells the story of Katniss, a girl in district 12 who is to compete in the Hunger games, a fight ’til death for food, wealth, and fame. With tons of action and a little bit of romance this book kept me turning the pages and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next…Reviewed by Samantha

I really enjoyed the book Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…Hunger Games was great  and would extremely recommend it to everyone…Reviewed by Haley

If you have already read The Hunger Games and want to read books like it, just click on the titles below to find them in the Library’s catalog:

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Line by Teri Hall
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Rash by Pete Hautman
Salt by Maurice Gee
Winter’s End by Jean-Claud Mourtlevat

And, of course, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet, be sure to check it out at the Library!

The Hunger Games reviewed by Grace

The Hunger Games book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a story of determination and loyalty. The games are all about winning, and the only way to win is to survive. Each year, two teenagers are chosen from each of the twelve districts to battle it out in an arena where they struggle to survive. Players not only have to seek out water and food, but watch their backs for an attack from a fellow player.

Katniss Everdeen is terrified when her younger sister, Prim, is chosen to participate in The Games, but recovers quickly enough to volunteer to take Prim’s place.  When The Games begin, more problems arise as Katniss begins to question her own intentions. As she starts to care more for Peeta, she realizes that there is only one winner of The Games. Can Katniss survive while staying true to herself?

The Hunger Games is full of action, and even some romance. My mom’s friend actually was the one who recommended that I read it, which just goes to show that no matter how old you are, The Hunger Games will leave you begging for more.

review submitted by Grace

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games book coverI first wanted to read this when my favorite author Stephenie Meyer (author of  Twilight) suggested it on her website. She was so caught up in the book that she took it out with her to dinner so she could read it under the table and started recommending it to complete strangers at Target. I figured if my favorite author loved this book, I probably would, too.

The Hunger Games is the story of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (who must be BFF’s with Renesmee Cullen…), who lives in Panem – the country that used to be the United States. Katniss lives in the 12th District of Panem and is a participant, or “Tribute”, in the Hunger Games, which are hosted by the Capitol and broadcast for entertainment value. Two adolescents from each of the 12 Districts are chosen, lottery-style, to be the last one standing in a vast arena by surviving in the wild and trying not to be killed by their competitors. The losers of the Hunger Games die, but the winner gets to live a life of luxury – especially tempting for kids like Katniss who come from poverty-stricken homes.

Katniss goes into the  Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Prim, who makes Katniss promise she’ll survive and come home. While Katniss’ survival instinct is strong, she must choose between winning and killing Peeta, the boy she has befriended and might love.

Suzanne Collins is a great storyteller, and The Hunger Games style is best comparable to The Host (Stephenie Meyer) in that aspect. Both authors have a way of weaving an imaginary world clearly through the reader’s mind. However, Collins’ keen sense of the human nature rivals that of any character from a Jodi Picoult novel (My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes). Collins shows human nature at its most raw through the Tributes’ mad desperation to survive and the crowd’s pleasure at the entertainment value in the annual games – which can also be compared to the excitement of the crowd as they watched the gladiators battle to the death in the Roman arenas.

Though the content may be a bit brutal for “Young Adult” –it’s not too graphic, but still, teenagers killing each other for survival is disturbing – somewhere around chapter 3 the story sucks you in. You root for Katniss to survive the games, and you realize before she does that Peeta is for real in love with her.

Katniss comes off as a completely selfless, independent, wild and somehow believeable character.  Since her dad died years ago she has had to fight to support her family. She has learned to distrust almost everyone. Instead of being jaded and angry, she worries that any slip-up in Capitol-protocol will result in punishment for her family and District 12. She avoids killing the other competitors until it’s a fight-or-die situation, and is one of the only Tributes to hold on to her compassion. Katniss is a character who will stick out in your mind as clearly Bella Swan, Stargirl, or Juliet Capulet.

This book has plenty of action, a pinch of love and angst, some twists and turns, and is a must-read for boys and girls alike. The ending is a bit abrupt, and since Collins has planned for this to be a trilogy, I can hardly imagine what the next two books will be about. I personally adored this book. I was fascinated with this future world where privileged people could dye their skin pea green or get gold tattoos on a fashion whim and have names like “Haymitch”, “Cato”, or “Flavius”. I couldn’t stop reading this book mostly because I loved seeing Katniss’ world through her eyes, but also because I had to know how it would end. Every time I would try to foresee how a certain situation turned out I was dead wrong – and that rarely happens to me with books. I’ll definitely see this trilogy through and read the next two books, because I have not had my fill of Katniss Everdeen and her crazy-cool future world.

review submitted by Kelly