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THE HUNGER GAMES: I Am Hungry For More!

I can't wait to see the movie!!!

Sometime last year I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a new book to read. Not knowing what I was looking for I walked toward the young adult section to see if anything caught my eye. Of course, the Twilight books were plastered all over the place, but I had already read them, so that was not a solution. I was looking for something that was going to keep me intrigued. As I kept walking I noticed two book trilogies: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins and Tiger’s Curse, by Colleen Houck. Since the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy was out and all three books had such an awesome cover I decided to pick those books first

The first book of the trilogy, of course titled The Hunger Games, immediately grabbed me. A combination of Twilight and the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, The Hunger Games is filled with nerve-racking tension, thrilling action, and a great engaging love story that kept my attention no matter how hard I tried to put the book down. I found myself completely caught up in the story’s plot, set in some future time and place where the government has become a dictatorship, telling its people where to live, what to do and who to love. Of course, those who did not comply with these demands were subjected to any number of punishments!

The Hunger Games starts in a North America we do not recognize. Now a dictatorship, the country is divided into 12 districts with each district fulfilling a particular purpose. For example, one district is responsible for food, another for mining, and so on. Each year the government holds a game that pits children from the ages of 12 to 18 against each other in a fight to the death. This game is held in a giant, treacherous arena, is televised, and is highly anticipated all over the country. The book’s main character,

Katniss Everdeen, in an act of bravery, takes her sister’s place as one of the 24 “tributes” (the name given to the children who are forced to participate in the game) when her sister’s name is called. Katniss is taken to the capital to be prepped for the game and, all the while she is being trained, she struggles with knowing that the only way she can return home to her family is to survive the game, but the only way she can survive the game is to kill her opponents who are all children. In short, her survival is diabolically linked to how effective she can be at becoming the pawn of this monstrous government.

The Hunger Games , then, is the story of Katmiss’s struggle. She battles fire, hunger, thirst, wild animals, injuries and other children in her quest to survive. She, of course, falls in love, makes and loses friends, is exposed to horrific spectacles like one of her fellow tributes being slowly eaten by a wolf-like creature, and is forced to make adult decisions that push her to her limits. With all of this, it is a bit surprising to realize that this trilogy’s targeted audience is young adults as clearly some of the book’s subject matter seems better suited for a more mature reader.

A more mature reader, like me! I loved this trilogy and the only thing that I think could possibly be better than these books is Liongate’s much anticipated film version of this fantastic story. I, for one, cannot wait to see the movie and am holding my breath that they will do the books justice and keep me on the edge of my theatre seat in the same way that the books kept me on the edge of my sofa!

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