Saturday, March 10, 2012
Book Review: Hunger Games Series
What can I say that is new about this best-selling series? Of course, like everyone else, once I picked the books up, I could not put them down. I devoured all three books in the space of five days. They were definitely riveting.
In the first book, The Hunger Games, we are introduced to Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old girl who lives in the future, in a civilization born out of the ashes of North America. Now called Panem, there are 12 districts which all serve the main Capital. To keep these districts in line, once a year they are required to draw forth the names of one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual "hunger games," where they will fight until only one remains. When her younger sister Prim is called forth, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Thus begins a whirlwind adventure full of action, grief and romance. With plenty of philosophical messages about war and power in society, the book draws the reader along and provides plenty to think about.
I don't want to outline the second and third books, because to do so I would have to give away some of the mystery of the first book. Suffice it to say that you cannot go wrong choosing these books. I even mentioned them to Bryce, my ever-reluctant reader. Of course, his answer was that he will see the movie. No doubt I will, as well, hopefully with my book club (this was our March selection). Author Suzanne Collins has definitely earned the praises of many for these books!
I'm so thankful to my sister for giving us the books for Christmas. If you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming movie version of The Hunger Games, click here. It will chill you to the bone, just watching the trailer!