Thursday, January 13, 2011

Girl In the Arena by Lise Haines

Girl in the arena : a novel containing intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril by Haines, Lise - Bloomsbury Press, c2009

This was an interesting alternative history book. In this world things are very similar to our world. There is Cable TV, McDonalds, School and Gladiatorial Games (instead of WWF or WWE wrestling) In these games, people die as they battle each other with real weapons in front of thousands of screaming fans. The main character's stepfather is killed during a match and as part of the "Glad Culture" she is to marry the winner (did I mention she is 16 or so?) Her younger brother has special needs, her mother is so depressed she is unable to help and so she decides that she would rather fight him in the Arena than marry him. This book held my attention although the differences in the worlds is slight but I was somewhat put off by the rather out of context twist at the end. Recommended for anyone who likes Hunger Games

Review by Ann Morgester Library Curriculum Coordinator Anchorage School District

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