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There have not been many books that have caught my eye, let alone held my attention, but The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the best books I have ever read.

I first heard of the books when while flipping through one of countless gossip magazines when I came across a picture of Miley Cyrus with a caption that read since her boyfriend landed a role in the upcoming Hunger Games movie she has read the books. I generally hate all things that Miley has “acted” in, so I placed The Hunger Games into that category. Several months later my friend Stephenie mentioned to me that she had just read The Hunger Games and had loved it. We have almost identical tastes in literature, so I decided to talk to her about it. She told me that she had gone into the book thinking that it was going to be some horribly written chick lit, but instead she found a wonderfully written book with a captivating cast of characters.

So I bought the book and I devoured it. Collins has created a wonderful story about Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in Panem which is the country that has emerged after the fall of the United States of America. There are 12 districts that surround the Capitol and every year 2 tributes, a boy and a girl, from each district is selected to compete in the Hunger Games. The 24 tributes are placed into the arena and they must fight to the death until only 1 tribute is left standing. Katniss’s twelve-year-old sister Prim was chosen for district 12’s tribute and Katniss volunteers herself as tribute instead of her sister, even though entering the games is almost a certain death. The story follows Katniss as she struggles to stay alive.

From the moment I picked up the book, I was instantly hooked. Not only is it an entertaining story but it makes you feel. Do me a favor, buy the book and read it. Trust me.

Even thought it is implied with nature of the story, the book is very graphic and very violent and should only be read by mature readers.