Made up of 12 districts, the futuristic North American nation Panem requires that one girl and boy from each district compete in the annual Hunger Games, a live fight to the death broadcast on television. When 16-year-old Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, she'll have to kill or be killed. "This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like Survivor and American Gladiator."-School Library Journal ". brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced . a futuristic novel every bit as good and as allegorically rich as Scott Westerfeld's Uglies books ."-New York Times
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by Suzanne Collins
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"In this riveting dystopia story of a fascist United States, rebellious districts are punished by the government with the annual Reaping. Each district provides a child at the Reaping to fight to the death against the other districts' children in the Hunger Games, based on the Greek myth of Theseus. The story's heroine, Katniss, already hardened by a lifetime of poaching to feed her family's gulag existence, bravely fights to survive the televised, violent, and sickly voyeuristic games. Carolyn McCormick gives a detailed and attentive narration. However, she may rely too much on the strength of the prose without providing the drama young adult listeners often enjoy. That said, the production is a compelling choice for teen and fantasy listeners. K.C. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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