Yesterday, I finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, on my nook, no less.
I only just heard about this book over the holiday season at work when the third book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, was released.
I could not put this book down! Literally, I was finding myself walking around with it. I even debated bringing it to Disneyland, but I thought against it, and secretly was happy to leave early so I could read more of it. It was that good.
The book is set in a post-revolution North America, where the regions of what we know as the United States today are divided into districts based on their primary industries. And for the government to exert their power, each district is required to send a boy and a girl aged 12-18 to The Hunger Games, a nationally broadcast fight to the death until one remains. And that boy or girl then wins riches for the rest of their life. The main character, Katniss, is smart and able, but also terribly poor, and finds herself at the games.
It’s an intense ride, and Katniss is a great character with lots of conflict over the games and her competitors. I ran out and got the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, and have just started it. I can’t wait to see what becomes of the characters. Suzanne Collins was named one of the Top 20 Entertainers of 2010 by Entertainment Weekly. I doubt that authors make that list every year, and I’m hearing talks of movies and video games, which kind of throws into the realm of Harry Potter. These popular reads must gain popularity for some reason, and I think that The Hunger Games has deserved its notoriety with its engaging plot and daring heroine.
I highly recommend this read. And it won’t even take you that long because once you start, you won’t want to stop.