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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

the hunger games ebookCould you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Hunger games already, but don’t always judge a book by its movie! I read this book in two days flat and I think it’s addictive! It’s set in the ruins of North America in a place called Panem in which there are 12 districts; district 1, district 2 and so on. The higher the number of your district, the higher poverty rates are. All of the 12 districts are run by the Capitol, the capital city and where the President, President Snow lives.

16 year old Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12 in a tiny house with her little sister Primrose, Prim for short and her mum. Because the capitol want to show the districts who is the best and to stop them revolting, they declare every year, that all children from the ages of 12 to 18 are to have their names put into a bowl and then, in each district, a male and female, will be selected to fight to the death in an arena, and it would be called the hunger games. The reaping day was when they picked out the names, and as you got older the more times your name would be put into the selection bowl. Katniss was in there 24 times, Prim was in there once. Before the Reaping, Katniss went out hunting in the woods, which was forbidden but she and her hunting partner Gale knew how to hunt.

So at the reaping, they line up the children from district 12 and they first pick out a girl. Out of 7000 people, Primrose Everdeen is picked. Katniss volunteers in place of her little sister. But out of the Boys Peeta Mellark is picked and he becomes very prominent in the next part of the book. Find out how Peeta confesses his love for Katniss, we meet some strange but amusing characters, they train hard, make an alliance with a little girl but does Katniss defeat the odds and rise to victory? Well find out yourself!

Verdict: you have to read this book! I mean it! I took no time to finish it, but the book has so much to it I couldn’t write it all down! I’m soo glad that there are two other books after it because I was left hanging off the edge. The most Thrilling, adrenaline pumping book you have ever read. You don’t want to miss out on it! I give it 10 out of 10 nothing else said.
Verdict the Second: Are you reading it yet? Don’t forget to read: Catching Fire (book 2) and Mockingjay (book 3), I’m reading Mockingjay at the moment, highly recommended!

Reviewed by Daisy(12)

Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 2009
Format: eBook
Pages: 387
Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (12)
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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Novel Nibbles: The Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

“What’s impressed you most since you arrived here?” I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. Be honest, I think. Be honest.”The lamb stew,” I get out. Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audience has joined in.
“The one with the dried plums?” asks Caesar. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

For this Hunger Games inspired stew I simply adapted a classic Lamb Tagine recipe from  Classic Recipe Collection by Sainsbury’s swapping the traditional dried apricots for prunes.

Serves 4

100g Dried Plums i.e, Prunes soaked in 50mls Orange Juice and 30mls of boiling water for at least 1 hour
1 TBS Olive Oil
450-500g Diced Lamb
1 Onion, Peeled and Chopped
2 medium sized Sweet Potatoes
1 Clove of Garlic (I used 1 tsp of the lazy stuff!)
2cm piece of fresh Ginger (1TBS of Lazy Ginger)
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp Ground Coriander
1tsp Ground Cumin
1x 400g Tin of Tomatoes
1/2 Glass of Red Wine
300mls of Stock ( I used chicken)
1TBS Honey (yuck! I exchanged this for maple syrup!)

Using the oil, brown the lamb in batches and keep warm
In the same pan add the onions and cook until soft.
Add garlic, ginger and spices and cook for a couple of min’s
Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes and wine. Cook until reduced
by half and then add lamb, stock, honey and prune mixture.
You can either cover the pan and simmer for approx 45mins,
until the lamb and potatoes are tender
or, like me place in a slow cooker and leave it to
bubble away for most of the day.
The finished stew, served with couscous

Verdict: I have to say that I thought that the stew was absolutely delicious and even better than the original tagine. My taste testers Ava 4.5 and  Seth 2.5 gobbled it up without complaint. I will definitely be making this again!

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Around The Table: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


AROUND THE TABLE: We love to get together as a team and discuss all manner of book related subjects.The following facebook thread took place over six days.
As Karen hasn’t read The Hunger Games Trilogy (yet!) and Lesley is enjoying a family holiday we are delighted to be joined, by Alison aka augustwilliow, blog follower and school librarian.

Please be aware that this post contains spoilers and we advise not reading any further unless you have already read Mockingjay.

Caroline: I don’t need to tell you ladies that I really LOVE this trilogy. I think that my insistence that everyone read it speaks for itself!  What elements did you enjoy?

Jane: I really enjoyed this trilogy, more than I thought I would, especially as I found the whole idea of ‘The Games’ a particularly gruesome thing to get my head around! I found it interesting that Katniss, after much persuasion, should become the Mockingjay symbol (something created by the Capitol), creating the uprising that becomes its downfall. Hence the Capitol is ultimately brought down by its own creation.

Caroline: I, too, loved the notion that Katniss, like the Mockingjay, is a product of the Capitols rule, and how both of their creations backfire on them.

Helen: I was also intrigued by the amount President Snow knew about Katniss. Where did he get some of that information?

Caroline: I really enjoyed the end of the Mockingjay. The choice Katniss makes, initially appearing to agree to further games, allowing her up on to the stage, to then assassinate President Coin rather than President Snow.Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

After so much time being used as a pawn, initially by the capitol, in the games, and then by District 13, as a part of the resistance, she exerts her free will and chooses the future. Preventing anymore horrific games, rather than extracting revenge for the past.

Helen: I was horrified, initially, when she agreed to another hunger games, I agree she used it to look like she was playing along, but I wasn’t completely convinced that she wouldn’t have had chance to do the assassination anyway. We don’t know whether that act did actually prevent another hunger games anyway.

Caroline: I disagree; I think that if she had openly disagreed with the new regime she would have been whisked away. We already know (from the brain washing of Peeta) that the technology exists to manipulate people’s images for propaganda. I think she needed to play along to allow herself access to the public stage, making an undeniable public statement, with no possibility of cover up or opportunity for actions to be taken in her name.

Helen: But all the others had a say too, she wasn’t the only one, if Haymitch had voted the other way then there would not have been a vote for more games anyway.  I’m sure that what you say is what Collins wants us to think, but I just didn’t feel that Katniss saying no to a games would have been the end of everything for her.

Alison: I think that it was fitting that it ended the way it did. Not only was Kat making a point on how wrong the hunger games were and how they were possibly moving from one dictatorship to another, she was regaining a measure of control over her own life. Whilst the ending was not what I wished for, it felt right.

Helen: I was really frustrated by the complete lack of information at the end. I would have liked to know about what happened at Katniss trial and whether there really was any change in society as a result of what happened

Jane: Although tying up loose ends (to a degree), we were left with a lot of questions about the characters and the state of Panem after the uprising. I would have liked more definitive answers as to how the future of Panem changed after the uprising. However, through information such as Gale working in television to help create entertainment programs for the city, I guess we are led to believe that life must have been somewhat better if television was being used in this way for its people rather than just the previous years of compulsory ‘Games’ viewing!

Caroline: In relation to the trial think that it is quite fitting that it took place without her, that the powers that be didn’t allow her to represent herself and that they decided to “retire” her. After all Katniss was a pawn for them from the start.
It was important for Suzanne to focus on Katniss’ breakdown and eventual recovery; you can’t put a character through all of that without some consequences! As the trilogy is written in first person she would have had to either swapped protagonists or included it after Kat’s recovery.  I think that as a reader I would have resented that, she’d already been through so much, and following her recovery I was ready for a “happy” ending.

Helen: Yes, Caz, I agree, would have been odd, but I still want to know what happened!

Helen: Great idea to have an out-take. On that front I would like one about Cinna! He was a great character and we could piece together a lot about him but I would love to know his back story, which we never really found out.

Caroline: Suzanne if you’re reading we want more Cinna!

Helen: On the whole I preferred the first two books. I did like the third, but I felt that the first two were particularly well plotted and paceier. Collins was really clever in her writing of The Games and all the little twists and turns that came together at the end of both books. As the third was more about the war, propaganda etc it wasn’t quite the same in these respects. Which books did everyone else prefer?

Jane: The first two books were real pages turners that I couldn’t put down, and although I read the third with the same urgency I felt it lacked the same punch! I was gearing myself up for this big war that just never really seemed to happen for me as Katniss was constantly pushed ‘on the back burner’ by those around her!

Alison: I think I preferred the first two more than Mockingjay as the focus changed so much. In the arena Kat is strong and has more control over her own destiny, whereas in Mockingjay the fact she is used as a pawn is much more apparent.

Jane: On the whole, a superb set of books with a unique and extremely imaginative plot, full of twists and turns – some of which I certainly didn’t expect! It will certainly be very interesting to see how they put this on the Big Screen!

We welcome your comments and would love to read your thoughts on the topics discussed.

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