Books: Reviews

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Byline: Sarah Dale

May's Bookclub book of the month is The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, pounds 7.99 each) THE HUNGER GAMES This title is the first in the ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy.

Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place: 12 boys and 12 girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games.

There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence.

But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

CATCHING FIRE After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future.

* TO add log on to bookclub But their victory has caused rebellion to break out - and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay.

As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruellest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena again.

MOCKINGJAY The final book in the trilogy. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. REVIEW: The Hunger Games trilogy is a captivating series.

The award-winning Hunger Games was first published in 2008 with the sequels following in 2009 and 2010, but thanks to the press surrounding the making of the film of the same name the books from the trilogy have stayed on the best-selling shelves. …