Bookshelf: The Hunger Games Trilogy

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I will write more on this soon, but we've been working on a special Hunger Games issue at work. To prepare, I read the first book in the series. And then the second... and the third. I devoured them. I was completely sucked in for several days—reading on the subway, reading at home, reading on every break I could manage. 
At the risk of sounding like a teen-lit junkie, I believe they are infinitely better-written than those vampire books. (Probably tied with the wizard ones.) Suzanne Collins' prose is beautiful, eloquent and simple. Her characters are complex, and you actually begin to care if they survive or find any sort of happiness. The three main characters are far from perfect, but they have depth and strength and a certain believability. (I even recommended that my teenage sister read the books, which I never, ever did for the other books. Who would ever want their sister to emulate Bella Swan?) I've been hearing a lot about Team Gale vs. Team Peeta, but to be honest, I have to agree with Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays the tribute Clove: "I'm very much Team Katniss—whatever her decision is. The story is about Katniss,not about the whole love-triangle thing. It's about survival."
And, just for fun, check out this Hunger Games promo that was mailed to writers like Entertainment Weekly's Adam Vary

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