Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Outstanding. An intensely sympathetic heroine thrust into the most horrific situation, by her own choice, in order to save her sister’s life. Clever plotting, edge-of-your-seat danger, twists and turns, and a very satisfying resolution. There are many villains, but none of them wholly bad; all are sympathetic in some way, and yet together they are participating in ruthless murder with smiles on their faces. The author demonstrates a keen sense of how individual people, however nice, can be swept up in the values of their society, no matter how horrible. This story rings true on a number of levels. I’m rushing right out to get the sequel.

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David is a science fiction and fantasy author, which gives him the freedom to explore far beyond the limits of real life and the everyday. His books explores themes that skirt the edges of science and religion, such as human origins, the nature of truth, the certainty of death, and the nature of the soul. He does all his writing at home, where he lives with his wife and seven children. It’s a lively and clamorous place, full of fun, love, and chaos. His latest novel is SUPERPOSITION, a quantum physics murder mystery with the same mind-bending, breathless action as films like INCEPTION and MINORITY REPORT. His other works include the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel TERMINAL MIND, the historical fantasy QUINTESSENCE (Tor, 2013) and its sequel, QUINTESSENCE SKY.

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