Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 14, 2008
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
May the odds be ever in your favor.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. In the previous war the Capitol took over and now, the Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl from each district, between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Every single second of this dreadful event is recorded twenty four seven and broadcasted across the nation.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. Katniss has been close to dead before. For her, survival, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that are very well the difference between life and death. What lies ahead is great rewards and fortune if she makes the right choices and if luck is on her side. But also, a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale slowly unfolds, forcing Katniss to decide whom she really wants to be with—a situation complicated by the fact .
Will she win or will she die? Who shall she pick?
Happy Hunger games...
This is an incredible story of an alternate civilization following something cataclysmic to our present world. Each year, a government organized event, somewhat similar in theme to the gladiator spectacles of old, called the Hunger Games are conducted, complete with a full onslaught of 24/7 media coverage. Participants falling in a specific age group are selected at random, two from each of the districts that comprise the new country. It’s a fight to the death and the last one standing is the victor.
I was struck by the extraordinary rawness of this story but at the same time, the complexity of the tale. Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year old heroine, is wise beyond her age and chronicles the games from her perspective. The concepts of this new society are provocative and disturbing but somehow, you find yourself considering the possibility as it taps into the baser aspects of the human condition. I found this book fascinating and am bound to finish the trilogy.
This isn’t your typical young adult story so if you’re not a fan of books directed to this age group, don’t let that be a barrier to reading this story, as it was for me. I just wish I’d read it earlier.
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