I added this title to my list after my granddaughter of 12 told me she had read it. I was somewhat horrified knowing the violent premise of the story. With prejudices in tow, I began listening as the 24 children were being selected to fight to the death in a televised event. It wasn't long before I was rooting for the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and understanding why this book has been so popular among teens and even pre-teens like my granddaughter. Katniss is a level-headed, smart, brave, selfless young woman who is NOT boy-crazy and even better NOT boy-dependent. The games themselves are all I feared - cruel, gory and creatively deadly. Many moral issues come into play as the story progresses. We will have a lot to discuss on her next visit.
Carolyn McCormick does a good job of inhabiting Katniss and her peers but is least successful with the adults. There is an unnecessary "over-the-top" portrayal of many of them. Fortunately, the focus is on the youth and their struggles to stay alive in a very dangerous future world.
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