The Girl Who Played With Fire

From Theresa, Gustafson
author: larsson,stieg
The Girl Who Played With Fire
This is the second mystery book in the series. Mr. Larsson is a master at weaving his tale about the main character,Lisbeth.  She has had quite a complicated background in her short life of twenty something years.  In this novel we find out a little more and when it ends we want to start the next book right away to find out what happens next.

The Hunger Games

From Rebecca Segers
author: Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games
This popular YA novel that has captured the imagination of American teens and is soon to be a movie, is a well-paced post-apocalyptic tale of a state-imposed battle between teenagers drawn by lottery from each of the 12 Districts of Panem, which once was America, and is now a tyrannical oligarchy.  The Capitol is in central Colorado and each District (known only numerically) is surrounded by fences that are guarded by “Peacekeepers” and forced to do the labor of the country under duress.  At the beginning of the story, we meet Katniss, a young girl from District 12, a poor coal mining area in what once was Appalachia.  She and her friend Gale crawl under the fence to illegally hunt for game and pick wild greens and herbs to support what little they have on their family tables.  Through a series of circumstances, Katniss is chosen, along with Peeta, to be the two “tributes,” one female, one male from her district, in the wild and bloody battle that is the Hunger Games, a live televised fight to the death between the 24 contestants from each district, leaving only one Victor.  The Games not only provide entertainment, but also exude the power of the Capitol, and remind the districts that they can and will kill any dissenters.  The story is fast-paced and engaging, providing action and a love-triangle, as well as setting up the next novel in the trilogy: Catching Fire.