Monday, February 8, 2010

First Book - The Hunger Games

Hi, ladies! After a great first meeting, Amanda P. selected our first book to read - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She introduced it as being about a futuristic world where once a year young people are selected to fight to the death in a televised 'game.'

You can read a few reviews by following these links - School Library Journal, Time, and Book Page. It has also been recommended by Stephen King and Stephanie Meyers!

Some discussion questions to keep in mind while reading (more can be found here):

- Describe the relationships of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, with her mother. How do those relationships define her personality?

- Why does she say about Peeta, "I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people." How does her early encounter with Peeta affect their relationship after they are chosen as tributes?

- When Peeta declares his love for Katniss in the interview, does he really mean it or did Haymitch create the "star-crossed lovers" story? What does Haymitch mean when he says, "It's all a big show. It's all how you're perceived." Why do they need to impress sponsors and what are those sponsors looking for when they are watching the Games?

- What do you think is the cruelest part of the Hunger Games? What kind of people would devise this spectacle for the entertainment of their populace? Can you see parallels between these Games and the society that condones them, and other related events and cultures in the history of the world?

Looking forward to our next meeting!

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