I first saw these books on the shelf of my local bookstore. I am not ashamed to admit that I picked up the first one because it had a recommendation from Stephenie Meyer on it. I remember thinking “Wow, you know you’re gonna be a bestseller with Stephenie Meyers name on your book.” I didn’t buy it though, but I did file it away in my mind as a potential ‘next’ for my growing library. Not long after that though, I heard my book club friend(@FelicityBall) talking about the books and how good they are and then there was that word… that one that always gets me… ‘un-put-downable’. And are they ever?
I can honestly say that ‘The Hunger Games’ was nothing like what I expected. It’s nowhere near the teenage fantasy romance books that I have been reading of late, but rather a story filled with human truths and the reality of how cruel the human population can be.
The story is set in the future, where modern day humans have had to build a new world out of the destruction left behind by us. Every year the Capitol (the ruling city of the country Panem) picks two children (a girl and a boy) between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 Districts to participate in what they call ‘The Hunger Games’, in order to remind the citizens of the Districts that the Capitol is in charge. The games are a reality TV fight to the death, where only one victor will return to their family after having outlived the rest.
The story follows 16 year old Katniss, who lives in District 12 and has had to resort to illegal hunting in the nearby woods to keep her family from starvation. On reaping day, her sister, Prim, is picked as a tribute for District 12 and Katniss volunteers to take her place.
The story is filled with suspense as Katniss navigates her way through the games, making unexpected allies and many enemies along the way. The story highlights the cruelty of humans and how a craving for power, control or survival can turn anyone into a monster.
The games are not what was initially expected however, and once certain things are put in motion, there is no going back. This trilogy is absolutely amazing and should definitely come with a warning – “Once you start, you can’t stop.” The first of the books will be coming to the big screen in 2012 so make sure you get your hands on a copy of the books before hand because we all know that the books are always better!
If you want more info on the books, you can visit Suzanne Collins’ site here.