In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games ...
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Yes. I finally whittled my TBR list down to what might be the hottest thing since Harry Potter. And I liked it!
There was action, a neat and scary futuristic setting and intense moments that came as a complete surprise. And having never heard about or seen the movie, I was surprised by the ending. I thought the whole trilogy was this game. This first book, however, has great standalone appeal and characters that I route for.
Having said that, and that I liked it, is it wrong that I don't quite get the hype for this novel? Meaning to say I'm not regretting reading this sooner or not seeing the film in theaters. The first line didn't exactly win me (it bugs me when us writers are told never to start with characters waking up, and poof, there it is!), but the cat, the way the narrative described it, drew me in.
Thanks, cat. You're a book saver.
And I got hungry every time I read "Peeta."
While I still find The Giver to be my favorite Dystopian novel, The Hunger Games is certainly a good one and it's right up there with other recent Dystopians like Possession and Matched. Now to Catch me some Fire!
Have you read The Hunger Games? Did you like it? Was the movie awesome? Did you like the ending?
I'm David, and why am I so hungry?