Monday, October 11, 2010
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
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 steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
So I'm a little late on this one. Everyone and their mother seems to have read the Hunger Games series before me (I'm still waiting for the library to cough up the last one), but I've gotta say...all that praise? Completely deserved.
I loved this. It's a dystopian society where every year two teenagers from each district (there are 12 in all--number 13 was destroyed in the war) are chosen by the Capital to fight to the death. It's tense. It's gritty. The battle scenes were amazing, and I loved the characters. They are so beautifully flawed.
I absolutely adored this one. I couldn't put it down. The battle-to-the-death aspect was so exciting, especially since it had been turned into some kind of twisted reality television for the people of the Captial. The warriors became celebrities, and then were led towards their doom.
This was so exciting, I was unable to go to sleep until I'd finished it.
On Goodreads.com The Hunger Games
On Amazon.com The Hunger Games: Book 1