Synopsis: In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Where do I start? Well, When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately thought of the Japanese move Battle Royale. The idea of teenagers being put into a fight to the death was the same, so I put off reading it for a long time. Big mistake. I can't believe I deprived myself of this book! The characters were very well developed and believable. There is action, violence, and a little romance. The book works as a standalone, and doesn't feel like it needs a sequel although it's the first in a trilogy. As soon as I finished, I HAD to go out and buy book two, Catching Fire. It's probably best to read them back to back, because the second one picks up right where book one left off. There is a movie planned for release in late 2010, so read it now so you're ahead of the game!
The Cover: The cover really didn't do much for me at first. I thought it was kind of bland at first, but after reading the book, I thought it fit the tone perfectly. If I had to choose the book based entirely on the cover, I would give it a pass.
Recommended if you like: Uglies series, Battle Royale, Skinned, Unwind
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Posted by Travis at 5:55 AM