I am officially obsessed with The Hunger Games trilogy. My friends had been raving nonstop about these books, but honestly they didn't sound that appealing to me. A story about a girl from post-apocalyptic North America who is chosen to represent her district and fight to the death on live television? Why would anyone want to read something so depressing? Where's the romance?? But when I was finally convinced to crack open the first book, I was hooked from page one.
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Suzanne Collins is such a gifted writer; her books remind me of classics like The Giver and 1984 --Â only with super-awesome spunky 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen narrating the horrifying and mesmerizing tale. Yes, the books can be a little gruesome and bleak, but their overall message is so uplifting and important, that it's hard not to feel inspired after reading them. And you totally feel for Katniss, torn between love for her best friend Gale and the handsome and noble Peeta.
You'll fly through all three books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay (which just came out last month) in a flash. I started devouring them on my bus ride last week and I'm already trying not to finish Mockingjay too quickly because I don't want the journey to end!
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