Takes place in a world in which the rich capitol upholds its absolute power over the 12 districts that serve it by forcing a boy and a girl from each district to participate in the Hunger games. The games pit the "Tributes" against each other in a battle to the death which is televised for all to see. The Protagonist of the story is a 16 year old girl named Katniss who volunteers for the games in order to save her younger sister, who was chosen to be their district's tribute. The book revolves around the events of the game and the tough choices Katniss will have to face if she wishes to survive the games. I enjoyed this book because I felt that it reached a nice balance between emotion and that raw life and death action that keeps its readers devouring sentence after sentence. The book does contain its fast pace action scenes but it is not overly graphic or cruel( as one would expect from the premise of the book) which for me was a definite plus. Overall its a great summer read because it's simple, very entertaining and faced paced, even when its not.
Catching Fire( book 2 of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins- 4.5 out 5 stars
The Van Alen legacy by Melissa de la Cruz- 2.5 out of 5 stars
If you have read the first few books in the blue blood series then this one doesn't have much to offer. The book was pretty predictable and honestly the only reason I read it was to see if there was any development between Sky and Oliver. I really wont spend my time describing this one.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier- 3 out of 5 stars
Book is about a boy named Jerry who attends an all boys private school which is run by corrupt teachers and a twisted gang known as the Vigials. When Jerry is chosen for an "assignment" by Archie(the head of the Vigials) he is frightened by the trouble his task will cause him. However, without his realization his assignment becomes more than a weird form of bullying and his actions stir the murky waters of his school. He becomes a symbol of defiance to all around him, a symbol which is appreciated by none.
I enjoyed this book because though short, it was very smart. It spoke a lot about mob mentality and the consequences of going against the status quo. Furthermore, the story is told through multiple perspectives so one gets a peek at the very unique minds of the characters.