Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the North American futurist nation of Panem, lies the Capitol and the twelve districts that surround it.  The Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games and every district must submit two players to fight in the games, as punishment for a past uprising.  Each district must supply one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen and they are called tributes.  The 24 tributes are then held in an arena to fight to the death on Live TV.  The last tribute standing wins The Hunger Games.

District Twelve contestants are Katniss and Peeta.  They are whisked away from their families and face a certain future of death.  Their only hope is Haymitch, a drunkard who won the games years ago and is to be their mentor.

This is a heart stopping, wild ride of a novel that you won't be able to put down.  It is Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Running Man [Blu-ray] 
meets today's reality TV shows, like Survivor, and then add in the Gladiator games from the Roman Colosseum in Ancient Rome.  In fact, the Colosseum was used for the same purposes as the Arena in The Hunger Games.  The Colosseum held re-enactment battles, executions, animal hunts, and gladiatorial contests that were fought to the death.  The Hunger Games is what could happen if our need for entertainment proceeds our consciousness of civility.

The Hunger Games is a book that has young adult and adult readers talking.  The Hunger Games bridges the age gap between readers and has parents and teens or teachers and teens excitedly talking about it.  I will be passing my copy onto my 12 year old son and my 14 year old niece just borrowed me her copy of Catching Fire (book #2 of the trilogy) and students and I talked in depth about the book and the people being cast in the film this week.  It is fun to share books with other excited readers and this book, excites people.

If you haven't read this book yet, now is the time to jump on the band wagon and read it.  The film is being cast and set to be released in the Spring of 2012.


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