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Technically, The Hunger Games series is listed as Young Adult, but don’t write it off as a book solely for teens.

The series is actually pretty complex with interesting, well-written characters… and the last audiobook, Mockingjay, is being released this week.

Only The Hunger Games Will Do!

It pains me to report that I have a reluctant reader. Two of my three kids love to read. One is like me, always has a book in hand. The other reads like crazy when he finds something that appeals to him – most recently,

The Passage. The third… claims to hate reading. Or more accurately, he hates anything that isn’t Hunger Games.

We stumbled onto Hunger Games when it was released in 2008. We were going through the usual argument about reading when I brought it home from the library. After basically forcing him to sit and read, he was sucked into the post-apocalyptic world of Katniss Everdeen and couldn’t stop reading.

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When Catching Fire was released, my son used his own money to buy a copy of The Hunger Games when I bought him Catching Fire. He read the sequel in record time and has spent the last year dying for Mockingjay to be released and fighting me against reading anything else this summer.

The Story

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is narrated by Carolyn McCormick on the audio book front. It is set in the fictional nation of Panem, which consists of a Capitol and twelve districts. The Capitol is where the wealthy live, while the districts suffer in near poverty.

As a way to punish the districts for a previous rebellion, each year one girl and one boy between 12 and 18 years old from each district must compete in the Hunger Games.

The games are a fight to the death in a frighteningly unpredictable arena. The games are televised and go on until only one competitor remains alive. Katniss is the female competitor from District 12 and must compete with and against Peeta Mellark, the son of a baker in her district.

This is really an amazing series

Again, these are listed as YA, but have a wider appeal. The setting, characters, and plot are all perfectly presented. This is really an amazing series, and I urge anyone looking for something new to give it a try. You will most certainly find yourself rooting for Katniss… and mourning the victims of The Hunger Games.

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