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!


Elizabeth A. said...

Well, I have been wary to jump on the band wagon. But with your review I know I can trust, I guess I'll have to break out my Kindle. Jeff is out of town until Thursday, after all.

Wendy said...

Liz - you won't be disappointed. They go quickly. It is good writing with a good story.

Lucy said...

I really enjoyed this series - more than a lot of people I know. I like how everything wasn’t tidy, how the war not only destroyed things but people as well. I just let my almost 12 year read them and it’s been some really good discussions with him. Now, I can’t wait for the movie!

Elizabeth A. said...

You were right, Wendy. I'm about half way through the third book. The first one...I could not put down at all.

Wendy said...

Lucy - that would be fun to see the movie with Seth. If Bryce goes, I'm sure he'll go with friends and won't talk to me at all about it. Urgh!

Liz - Glad you enjoyed them - Kindles must be great for acquiring something quickly! I would have been nuts if I had to wait for library copies to come in.