This is actually a review of an entire series, not just one book. “How is it possible that you’ve read three books since your last review?” some of you may be asking. Well, I honestly don’t know except I have sacrificed sleep, which should make some of you fall out of your chair. And just stay down there on the floor for a minute while I tell you this: It was totally worth it.
The Hunger Games is the first of three books in the series by Suzanne Collins. The second is Catching Fire, and the third is Mockingjay. Y’all should read them all. For real. Immediately. I’ll just go ahead and tell you they get five stars. *****
Now that that’s out of the way, I can tell you what it’s about. The story is told by Katniss Everdeen, a teenaged girl in a dystopian future society. Her nation, Panem, consists of a Capitol surrounded by twelve districts. At some point in the past, the districts tried to rise up against the Capitol and failed. To remind them who’s in charge, the Capitol holds an annual event called the Hunger Games. Each district must choose a boy and a girl to send to the Games, where they will fight to the death the “tributes” from the other districts. The one who is left standing is promised a lifetime of wealth and security, but they have to go through hell to get there. This is all done televised live for the whole nation to see – for the oppression of the districts and the entertainment of the Capitol.
You can guess pretty easily that Katniss ends up a tribute in the Hunger Games, but that’s all I’m going to tell you about the plot. This story is so well written, so compelling and so engaging. It’s one of those stories that, when you aren’t reading it, you’re afraid that you’re missing something. You’ll be at work worried about what’s happening to Katniss while you’re not glued to the pages.
It will also twist your mind up somethin’ fierce, so watch out for that, but I promise, it’s SO good. And it’s young adult fiction, so it’s not too gory (although there’s lots of death), and there’s no sex or cussing at all. Read it. Read it now. Then let’s discuss.