Hunger Games & Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Review by Jennifer Stubbs - Library Assistant: This book, often mentioned as the spark that caused Congress to regulate food in the USA, clearly portrays the life of Average Joe Americans 100 years ago. Sinclair doesn’t pull any punches in describing the work and factories that caused Americans to establish labor unions and food inspectors. If you have ancestors that lived in or near Chicago in the 1880s, look here for one example of their story. Some readers find this book difficult to stomach because the descriptions are vivid, but I was not as troubled about eating as when I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Review by Jennifer Stubbs - Library Assistant: My sister wanted me to read this book—there’s an inside joke about a t-shirt that reads: “My sister won the Hunger Games!” I totally trust her recommendations though—she’s never been wrong! This book is great for anyone of any age. It, subtly, makes us look at our own society: reality TV, economic classes, political involvement, and personal sacrifice. I was cheering Kat on and biting my nails through most of the book. Luckily, the sequel, Catching Fire, is already out, so you don’t have to wait to see what happens next. But the final book, Mockingjay, won’t be available until late August! I might go into withdrawal, but in the mean-time I’ll make-do by reading them to my cat!
Review - Catching Fire: I could not sleep without finishing this book. I tried to put it down at 3 a.m., but 30 minutes later, I was still wide awake. So I happily read on. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, this sequel does not disappoint—it is even more engrossing and tense! I must quote the review from Booklist because he was spot-on:
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