If you’ve been following the blog, you know that I recently finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, as the first book was on the summer reading list for the high school at which I work.
“Another teen book?” I thought to myself, “I’m not sold on this quite yet.” (Full disclosure: when I was unemployed, I read the Twilight series. Don’t judge. There are only so many hours in the day that one can sit in front of the tv or computer.)
Then a co-worker of mine read it and recommended it. So I gave it a try. And loved it. While, by the third book I was losing a tiny bit of interest, they were still compelling reads. In fact, at certain points in each book, I gasped in sheer and utter amazement and how the plot line twists and turns. Plus, The Hunger Games movie will be coming out next year and I always like to read the book(s) before viewing the movie.
The main gist of things (as found on Wikipedia):
The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of the current nations of North America, in a nation known as “Panem.” Panem used to consist of a rich Capitol, located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and twelve (formerly thirteen until one is destroyed) surrounding, poorer districts which cater to the Capitol’s needs. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol wherein the thirteenth district was supposedly destroyed, every year one boy and one girl from each of the remaining twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery and forced to participate in the “Hunger Games.” The Games are a televised event where the participants, called “tributes,” must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The winning tribute and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely. It is required viewing for everyone in the districts.
Love, love, loved them and highly recommend as a read. The books provide the perfect balance of suspense, action and romance. Additionally, if you’re a big fan of dystopian novels, these are totally for you.