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Suzanne Collins’ THE HUNGER GAMES


I recently flew to New Zealand to attend the Booksellers NZ conference and on the flight over watched The Hunger Games film. Quickest flight ever. Was totally addicted straight away. Saw the errors of my ways immediately. This was what everyone was raving about. I had to read this.

There is so much going on in this book. It is political, it is current and it is futuristic. It is gripping, engaging and thought provoking. The action is incredible. The world Collins creates is breath taking and not at all far fetched. It is actually so close it is scary. No wonder so many younger readers are eating this up. It taps into to so much that is going on right now from the media to Government and how both manipulate each other and how the audience and participants are stuck in the middle, manipulated and manipulating. Collins deftly conveys cynicism without being cynical and romance without being overly romantic while also expertly capturing fear, courage and hope.

There is so much to love about this book and it characters. I maybe four years late to the party but the beauty of books is that doesn’t matter. I’ve already dived straight into Catching Fire and can’t wait to watch the film again. If you wavered about reading this book like I did or haven’t even considered it, do yourself a favour and grab a copy because this is something special that will be read for many, many years to come.


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ISBN: 9781407132082 ISBN-10: 1407132083 Classification: General fiction (Children’s / Teenage) Format: Paperback (198mm x 123mm x 28mm) Pages: 464 Imprint: Scholastic Publisher: Scholastic Publish Date: 1-Dec-2011 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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