For the last two months, I’ve been holding tight to my New Year’s resolution of one new book per month. February and March actually involved the reading of three books, but I just couldn’t help myself. I read The Hunger Games. Say what you will about me giving into peer pressure and jumping on the bandwagon, but boy was it worth it – these books were so good!
Written by Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic North America. After its destruction, a powerful Capitol emerges as the leader of 12 outlying districts who each struggle for survival in their quest to appease the Capitol. What was once 13 districts became 12 after one was destroyed in an uprising years before. As a way to remind the districts of the Capitol’s unceasing power, each year two “tributes” – 1 boy and 1 girl – are selected from each district to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised fight to the death where only one tribute comes out alive.
The story follows the meager existence of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen as she works to keep her family alive in District 12. When her younger sister Prim is selected as the female tribute for the Hunger Games, Katniss immediately jumps at the chance to take her place. Through the remainder of the first book, the reader follows Katniss’ struggle for survival inside the arena, where she must protect herself from the “natural elements” and vicious opponents, many who have been training to participate in the Hunger Games for their entire lives…
Of course, that is only part of book 1. I would never want to ruin the series by spoiling the ending just so I can tell you what happens in the next two. Guess you’ll have to read it yourself to learn more. Overall, I must say these were extremely enjoyable reads. Because they were meant for young adults (does that still include me?), the language was fairly simple, so it you can read each book rather quickly. Plus, the book had an great balance of feminine (inter-district love story) and masculine (battles to the death) elements, making it a desirable read for any gender.
It took some effort on my part to find the time to read all three books – I just barely got the series done before the release of the first Hunger Games movie tomorrow. If you haven’t seen a trailer for it yet (but, seriously, how could you miss it?), check it out here. Then, give me a call when you want to go see the movie – I’m so there.