It’s been awhile since I’ve had a book that I could really get lost in. I’ve been reading all over the blogosphere that The Hunger Games was one of those incredible books that you just can’t put down. Well they were all so right! Not only did I have trouble putting this book down, but it’s the first book in a very long time that’s moved me to tears, more than once. I highly recommend checking this book out. I got it at my local library but I’m definitely buying the series so I can reread it. I’m already working on book 2, Catching Fire, and it’s another epic story that I have trouble tearing myself away from to do things like eat and sleep.
The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is a story set in the future, in a place called Panem, which was once Northern America. In this futurist world of Panem, the Capitol, their government has control of all of the surrounding districts, and it is a world of starvation and poverty, where few are rich and power hungry. They delight in a cruel annual event known as the “Hunger Games” where children from each district are pitted against each other in a fight to the death. This is televised and the citizens are forced to watch their loved ones die at each other’s hands. It’s a way for the Capitol to show the power they have over the districts, and to remind them of what will happen if there is an uprising.
The story’s heroine is Katniss, who is a strong and powerful protagonist. Her strong will and survival skills and the lengths she will go for the people she love are incredible. I love a story where the leading lady is strong and doesn’t turn into a puddle at the slightly provocation. But like any main character, there will be moments where the reader gets frustrated with her. For me it is with her inability to decide on her feelings for the one she loves. That continues in book 2, but I won’t spoil it for you. I will just say that Collins has a way of bringing the intenseness of the games, the cruelty of the Capitol, the struggle of Katniss, and the love of Peeta all into such sharp reality that I found myself dreaming about the book at night! If you haven’t already read the book do it now. The movie adaptation will be in theaters sometime in March of 2012. I will probably be one of the first in line.