Monday, March 23, 2009

Surviving the Hunger Games

Picture a 1984 world, controlled by the government and starving. Every year they choose two names from a hat from each of the twelve districts and send them into an arena to fight to the death. They are your children and every year they get one more name thrown into that hat. Not only are they your children, you must watch them die on live television and pretend like it is a sporting event, a celebration.

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 978-0439023481
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy

Katniss Everdeen dreads the "reaping" every year because this is when she is most afraid of being taken away from her family. She is the main provider since her father died five years earlier and her mother and sister would not survive without her. This year rather than be relieved that her name was not pulled, she is horrified when she hears her twelve year old sisters' name called. She takes her sisters place and joins the boy who's' name was pulled, Peeta Mellark, who unbeknownst to her has been madly in love with her for years. As the games progress Katniss and Peeta are in a struggle to death in which one of they may have to kill the other.

I liked this book because the story is well developed and you find yourself falling into the sad, humble world of Katniss and Peeta. Horrified at how a world like theirs could exist and inspired by their drive to survive. The world they live in is so divided and we often don't realize that our own world is often the same. We live in cities where we barely know our neighbors while these people live in closed off districts with only the Capital sanctioned news to inform them. I think that this book is a read over and over because the story is so complex and moving. I wish the author had ended it a little better, it feels rather unresolved. Perhaps this means there is a sequel in the works!! Anyone would enjoy reading this, though it isn't for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome scenes and the cruelty from a unconcerned government is shocking.

Read alike authors: Jeanne DuPrau, Charlie Fletcher, Garth Nix,

1 comment:

VegasLibrarian said...

I just read that this is book 1 of a planned trilogy!