North America is no longer as we know it. The survivors of the ruins live in the nation of Panem ruled by the elite of the Capitol. Outside the Capitol lay 12 districts, each responsible for production of some necessary thing: coal, agriculture, etc. The districts are poor and enslaved by the Capitol— they fought back once but lost. The consequence? The annual Hunger Games, where each district must send two children to the Capitol to fight to the death in a vast, elaborate arena of the Capitol’s creation. The story follows a 16-year-old girl through the Hunger Games. The reader receives insight into the way one teenager must justify the unfairness of her harsh reality. The general theme of the story? Survival.
I picked up this book NOT because it was on the Top lists everywhere, but instead because my blogger buddy Kerri over at “Write. Eat. Repeat.” recommended it. You can check out her review here. Anyway, I have to agree with Kerri on one thing: at first I was not really into the story. It was dark, drab, and the reader doesn’t get any relief from the cheerlessness. There is not even a bit of dry humor to really break up the lackluster monotony. But then you’ve got to think, this world sucks. Of course there’s no humor. So what do we have instead? We have love of family and friends— these concepts, at least, have survived the wicked Capitol. And we have one very resourceful girl who, despite all odds, is determined to survive. Like Kerri, I kept reading, and I’m glad I did. About a third of the way into the book I realized I was unusually invested in the main character’s future. It takes a little while, but the book will hook you, and in the end, you’ll be glad it did (so there’s a reason this trilogy is a hot topic, after all!) Soon I’ll be ordering the next one in the trilogy, Catching Fire.
It’s worth a read. I’m not totally crazy with impatience and excitement to read the next one, but I am anticipating it. There’s no way I could forgo the rest of the trilogy now!
UPDATE: Check out my reviews for the rest of the trilogy: