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Of course, Enotes has an excellent summary of the novel The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. So, I would advise you to read these notes, and I have posted the link below. These will help you make up your mind about reading the book.
However, I teach high school students, and many of them think very highly of the novel as well. It is a trilogy, so be prepared to read three novels that are highly suspenseful and unpredictable. The first in the series is called The Hunger Games. It is a futuristic novel whose major conflict is a Battle Royal (a battle until one is left alive) between two children from each of the world's districts.
The novel seems to be a cross between Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" and "The Survivor" TV reality show. The games are televised for the general population and become the major entertainment with the populace watching as the children battle each other in a field full of traps and hazards. They have to think quickly and have a certain degree of athleticism. The story is told from the point of view of a 16 year girl who volunteered to participate in the games in place of her younger sister, whose name had been drawn in the lottery.
Kaitness enters the fray and soon discovers her strengths, weaknesses, and who her friends and enemies are. If you like a fast-paced plot, young believable characters, action, some violence, and a developing love story, you'll like this novel. I hope you decide to read it.
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