The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press, reprint edition July 2010
I read The Hunger Games this summer, but I had to review it now so that you guys would know what you are missing. I know that many of you don’t read Young Adult novels, because you aren’t young adults. However, follow me and I will steer you into the wonderful world of YA. Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The YA genre is so much better than when I was little. There are tons of interesting story lines, real-life topics and beautifully written pages that you can not keep up. I love it! And this story, The Hunger Games, is no exception. While in the YA section, I don’t see any reason that this couldn’t be an “adult” book. You’d probably be surprised at how many of your adult friends have read this series. So let’s dive in….
This is a dystopian book, which is all the rage in the YA (and adult) world right now. Set in the future, this story takes place in The Country Formerly Known as the United States (bet you didn’t think I could bring Prince into the Hunger Games). Through plagues and war and famine and whatever else we are going through right now, North America becomes a country called Panem. It has a beautiful capital city, surrounded by 12 districts that have seen better days. Every year the districts are forced to send 1 girl and 1 boy (through a lottery) between the ages of 12-18 to “play” in the Hunger Games. This is a cruel game where only 1 person survives. Literally. You kill off the competition in an all-out war while all of Panem watches on their tvs.
The main character in this story is Katniss Everdeen. She lives a very poor life and learned early on that she has to take care of her mom and sister. At 16 she thinks she has seen it all and can survive anything, until her sister is chosen to go into the Hunger Games. Katniss volunteers to take her place and must find a way to survive.
You guys, GO GET THIS BOOK. Even if you think you are too good for YA novels. Really, go get it. You will not be disappointed. I devoured this book, foregoing food (which is huge for me) and reality tv. Suzanne Collins had me unable to think of anything other than Panem. Then you will just have to get the other 2 in the trilogy and read them as well. But hurry, it’s coming out as a movie next year.