The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survived.
I’d heard about this here and there, but never really paid it much attention until a co-worker started talking about it. He spoke glowingly of the book, so I decided to take a peek at it the next time I went shopping. However, when I saw that it was written in first, person present tense, I freaked out a little, because that’s not a style I particularly like.
But while waiting for an oil change, I meandered the book section of the store and grabbed a copy and decided to give it a shot again.
Boy, I’m sure glad I did.
Set in the future where the United States no longer exists, the country is divided in to 12 districts. Residents of each district barely scrape by and their lives are harsh. However, each year, two teenagers from every district – a boy and a girl – are chosen to compete against each other in the Hunger Games at the Capitol. These games are brutal and end when only one teen is left standing.
The book had excellent pacing, and the relationships formed early on in the Games allowed the reader to draw insight about each character and determine who to root for and who you hoped didn’t make it.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. There are two more in the series, and I can’t wait to get started to see how it all ends.
Books completed 22/40