If you get into this book, be prepared to carry right on through the series – it is compulsively readable. Hunger Games came out in 2008, followed by sequels Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). So if you haven’t heard of it yet, you are in great luck because if you had started in 2008, the sequels couldn’t come out quick enough. This futuristic trilogy by Suzanne Collins is written for young adults but is just as addictive for adults. My husband started it one day and never left the chair until it was done!
North America as we know it is gone, and in its place are 12 Districts with a Capital. Some districts are richer and some poorer, but the closer you are to the Capital, the better off you are. In sort of ‘Big Brother’ fashion, the Capital hosts the Hunger Games and watches while young people are pitted against one another to survive and bring acclaim to their district. It is reminiscent of our culture’s obsession with reality TV.
The Hunger Games has something for everyone. It is thoughtful, has lots of adventure, there’s a little romance, it has something to say about justice issues, poverty, and the advantage of the wealthy in war.
The only thing that totally stumps me, is that after inhaling the first two in the series, I have Mockingjay sitting on my shelf and I haven’t gotten to it yet. Too many books, too little time. I should have my head examined! I’ve just inspired myself! I’ll read it next!