Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A really fun page turner. Don't let the fact that this book is classified as for Grades 7 and Up and Young Adult turn you off. Big in the UK, this trilogy also has many fans in the U.S., such as Stephen King (who called it addictive) and Stephenie Meyer (who said she was obsessed with it). If modern pop culture is any indication, it seems we are slightly obsessed with post-apocalyptic society; with books and movies such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Book of Eli. An older novel on the subject is The World Ends in Hickory Hollow by Ardath Mayhar. So, back to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Lionsgate has bought the movie rights and the third book in the trilogy will be released on August 24, 2010. I've only read the first book, but will probably read the other two. I'm really glad I did not read any reviews before reading this book, because then as I read, the details were more surprising than I anticipated. Spoiler Alert: I WOULD STOP READING HERE IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THIS BOOK. In a nutshell, The Capitol is an evil monopoly who takes children from the outer districts and throws them into a HUGE high-tech arena and makes them fight for their lives. The last one standing is the victor. To make it doubly vicious, there are two kids from each district, so it's quite possible that some will have to kill their own friend or neighbor. Whereas the outer districts are fraught with hunger and starvation, the Capitol will remind you of the wealthy Roman Empire who watched the gladiators with blood lust for sport. I won't tell you any more, because even the smaller details are surprising and entertaining in the book. Here's the official web site.