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The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Scholastic 2009

ISBN 9781407109024

6.99 [pounds sterling] Paperback

Set in a future world, following an unspecified cataclysmic world event, this dystopian novel draws on the bread and circuses concept of Ancient Rome whereby contestants are pitted against each other in a fight to the death for the entertainment of an audience. At the same time, it also cleverly brings it up-to-date by incorporating the modern concept of reality television. It is thrilling and chilling, full of high tension and fast-paced, it also crackles with emotion.

The young reader will be gripped by the events as twenty-four contestants pit their wits against each other in a contest where the winner is the only survivor. For the older reader is the chill of knowing that one future of reality television could indeed be just like this, with bets being laid on the lethal strategies of contenders and the dehumanisation of the tributes being taken to a literal climax. Blending computer games, reality shows and the Roman gladiatorial arena this is, to the Gamemakers controlling it, 'the final word in entertainment.'

The first of an intended trilogy, The Hunger Games is a powerful book from a writer of whom much can be expected.
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