July 20, 2010

The Hunger Games

A friend recommended this book to me over Taco Tuesdays, and when I had a chance, I stopped by my local Barnes and Noble and purchased The Hunger Games. Taken from the Scholastic website:

"Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
At first I thought, "Well this might be good", but after, oh, about page 10 I was interested in this girl, in what she thought, what she knew and what she was going to do. It was enthralling.  I cared about what happened, and true to form, I read the book so quickly I now am re-reading it to actually absorb everything that happened, rather than rushing to the end and just wanting to be done so I can know what happened.

The second book by Suzanne Collins in this series is Catching Fire, and is equally good, if not better. It picks up soon after The Hunger Games ends, and you are even more caught up in Katniss Everdeen's life and decisions.  R and I read both of them, and according to him, this is a much more enjoyable book, it has more flesh to it, and more contents. and that's saying something.  I urge you to read these books, and keep your eyes open for the third installment, Mockingjay, due in approximately 34 days according to the clock on the Scholastic Website.

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