Title: The Hunger Games (Book #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Length: 384 pages
Going into these books, I knew absolutely NOTHING about the plot. Everything, and, really, all that I was hearing about them was how amazing the series is. I didn’t do too much poking around on my own either, because I try to stay away from books that are Young Adult. I am very happy, though, that someone finally loaned me their copies to check out.
Once I got the book home, I took a closer look at the summary on the back:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
Whoa? Sign me up.
The book definitely didn’t disappoint. The story starts out bleak and disturbing, but there is a lot of love present in the characters, which is fully realized and expressed in their actions from the very beginning. And each chapter ends with its own little cliff hanger, pulling you in to keep reading, whether you’re ready for bed or not.
While the main character, Katniss, can, at times, makes you want to shake her because it seems like she’s overlooking the obvious, she is inspirational, funny, and, in her own way, very lovable.
There are very few books that I eagerly devour and then leap right into the next installment. I’m almost through Book #2 and will hopefully post my thoughts next week. So far, so good, though. I guess that I just can’t get enough.