The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collin (author of the "Gregor" series) hits it out of the ball park with THe Hunger Games. First in a series of three, this novel has gotten nothing but rave reviews and for good reason: it will hook you in and leave you craving more. In a futuristic post-apocalyptic world (don't the best ones seem to start that way?) there are 13 districts rippling out from the Capitol; and in order to mark the failed uprising of the 13th district, the Capitol holds the immensely popular Hunger Games. Each year two tributes from each District are chosen to compete to the death in a staged arena until only one victor emerges. Did I mention that the tributes are children? But of course. Because how best to perpetually punish a botched rebellion and keep people under the Thumb than by killing off their children? Sick? Totally. Disturbing? Absolutely. WIll you be able to put it down? Not a chance.

Imagine "American Idol" meets "Gladiators". The tributes are cast into a spotlight that echos the bustle of starlets in Hollywood, are filmed at every moment, are watched by every citizen. Main character Katniss is strong and savvy, Peta is kind and constant; both come from the shambles of District 12 and must fight to stay alive in the Hunger Games arena. But the methods they use will have the Capitol panicked and the populace rioting.

Believe the buzz. It's a great read for young adults and grown-ups alike. You'll be reaching for the sequel withint days.


brotherhutch said...

I'll be reading this right after I finish the latest Artemis Fowl -- can't wait!

preschool said...

Been checking this one out, left and right to readers of all ages, at our library. Haven't read it myself, but it does look good.
Have you tried the Children of the Lamp series, by P.B. Kerr? Just finished his most recent.

Nancy said...

I just love your blog. My son LOVES The Hunger Games ~ he's already read all 3.
I'm adding you to my favorites if that's ok with you!

Jimmy Page said...

Yet to read the Hunger Games amidst all the hype of the film, good to know it's worth checking out... definitely one on the list!

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