The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
i'm reading because, well, who wants to be left out? Although, I did pass on the whole Harry Potter (seemed scary and too wizardy - I draw the line at the Wizard of Oz) and Twilight (vampires? really? not me) junior fiction phenomenon. But this one actually seemed to have an interesting, not too sci-fi (i think) premise. My initial reaction when I saw it in the Scholastic Book Fair racks last fall was that seemed like it would be violent and I thought it was a mistake that it was supposed to be in the kids/teem section. But the girls really wanted to read it - "everybody at school is reading it" - so here we go. I guess next they are going to try to drag me to the movies, too.
Basic premise of the book - sometime in the future - to keep society under control, the powers that be in the Capitol plan an annual fight to the death of the citizens children. By lottery, 2 children are chosen from each area and then are pitted against each other until there's one last child standing.
Yes, I know, as a mother, as a normal person who doesn't like to think of children fighting til the death - what, how could I even think to read it? Because some of my mommy-friends read it and I don't want to be left out.
Who else is reading it? Is it scary? Don't tell me what happens, but tell me what you think of it.
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