The Hunger Games
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used to be the United States. 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." The terrain, rules , and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Fine Printing's Review
The Hunger Games along with the subsequent books (Catching Fire and Mockingjay) is a prime example of genius writing by author Suzanne Collins. I was hesitant to pick up the books. My tastes tend to veer away from most YA novels, as well as stories that will knowingly not end well. However, I started out, promising to read only the first one so I could write a review and end there. Thirty-six hours, eleven cups of coffee, and a refusal to sleep later ... all three books had been read. I am pitiful ... I KNOW. In my defense this story is really fantastic, and will drag you in, whether you wish to or not.
Katniss is the perfect heroine: young, brave, determined, family centered and quite literally willing to die for others. And Collins subtle yet poignant shows of government tyranny and the degradation caused by reality television reminds us of today's society. Also, the relationships formed, lost, and strengthened throughout the storyline will make a reader laugh, cringe and cry.
There is not much else I can find to say, really because I do not wish to give away any of the plotline. If you are a reader or not, if you are 16 or even 61, these are books that you can pick up and enjoy.
If you have read them, or do read them, leave a comment and let me know what you thought. The books have caused a lot of controversy and I am very fascinated to see how others might react!
Warning: Although this series is considered Young Adult, I feel they should hold a rating, just like a movie. This is a VIOLENT and GRAPHIC series. Rest assured there is no intercourse, but the violence is strong and detailed. I would not suggest letting someone under the age of 16 read this series, unless as their parent you consider them emotionally mature and/or have read the series beforehand and deemed them acceptable. Otherwise, happy reading!