Collins, Suzanne. The hunger games.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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COLLINS, Suzanne. The hunger games. Scholastic. 374p. c2008. 978-0-439-02348-3. $17.99. JS*

This is an amazingly suspenseful story, combining the familiar ("Survivor"-type TV shows) with details of a horrific future. Once again, an author chooses a future in which some calamity has created a society cowed into submission by dictators, and manipulated and controlled through technology. The Hunger Games are this future culture's way of entertaining and frightening the people, all at once. Young people are chosen by lot as participants in the games. Once chosen, the "contestants" scheme for the others' deaths--real deaths--because that is the only way to survive: to be the last person standing. The people follow the "action" via camera, with strategy and suffering presented as entertainment (sort of like the action in the Roman Empire's...

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