Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Book Review)

My daughter-in-law suggested I read this book … the first in a trilogy.  She said both her and Anthony read it in a day and were hooked. I bought it before Christmas and just now got around to reading it (had a couple books I was trying to get through before starting a new one).  Man, this book was hard to put down.  In fact, I’m going out tomorrow to buy the second and third books and am looking forward to the movie coming out in March. I just watched the trailer and was amazed that the setting looks as I pictured it and so do the characters. (See the movie trailer link at the end of this blog post in red letters)  Going to be a great movie!!  It is a Scholastic book so its written for young adults but so was Harry Potter and I loved those books too.  LOL

The story is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America in the nation of Panem.  The lead character is Katniss, a 16 year old girl, who comes from District 12.  District 12’s purpose is to mine coal for use and distribution by the elites (those who rule the country).  In Panem, you have the haves (the elites or “Capitalists”) and the have nots (those in Districts 1-13).  As is the case in socialistic societies, there are more have nots than there are haves.  The have nots sole purpose is to produce (as in agriculture, coal, etc) for the Capitol and the Capitol decides how and to who it is distributed.

Once a year the Capitol holds its annual Hunger Games and one girl and one boy (12 years up to 18) is chosen randomly to represent their respective District to fight to the death on live TV … an updated version of the Coliseum Games in the Roman era, it seems.

Great book, very well written and an amazing story … you won’t want to put it down!!!  I’m obsessed!!!

(NOTE: The terminology used in this book review are my own based on my perception of the book.)

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