I hopped on the Hunger Games bandwagon days after the movie was released and sold more than $155 million in tickets. Slow much? I suppose it could be attributed to the fact that I’m not much of a sci-fi gal, but when the hype hit a feverish pitch (and I discovered it was penned by a woman) I jumped on.
Set in the former North America, what is now known as Panem, is a country divided into twelve cities all of which work to feed, clothe and support the beautiful and frivolous Capital City. All of the cities struggle to survive, enslaved on meager rations and forced to work in subhuman conditions. Katniss Everdeen, the daughter of a coal miner who was killed in an explosion (and the star of all 3 books), works tirelessly to keep her remaining family (her mother and sister) alive by hunting illegally and selling her hauls to the black market of her district.
Panem’s 13th district revolted long ago to the injustice imposed by the Capital which resulted in it being demolished. To mark the victory over the revolution (and to remind all citizen’s of the Capital’s supreme power) every year all districts participate in The Hunger Games – in which 2 citizens from each district between the ages of 12-17 are chosen to fight to the death in an arena created by the ‘Gamemakers’ in The Capital. Only one victor survives forcing the children to play a cut throat, to the death game of survival of the fittest. Katniss’s sister Prim is chosen to participate in the games and Katniss intervenes to take her place knowing her sister would not survive a day in the games.
And the story begins…
The trilogy is one that I’m confident most can breeze through. It’s an easy, swift read (which makes sense as it was written for the intended young adult audience of grade 5 students) BUT the characters are colourful, the plot is perfectly paced and the story is thrilling enough that I (like most) would label it borderline addictive. So addictive that I openly admit to surrendering a Saturday night to Miss Everdeen and her band of misfits.
Sadly, the movie pales in comparison, but then again, when doesn’t it.
If you’re feeling like reading a few books that will help you escape to a different place, read The Hunger Games trilogy.
p.s. if you’re a bookworm like me, you’ll appreciate this:
Do you know how many bookmarks I own?