I absolutely am jumping on the bandwagon of this book. A couple friends of mine have read it, and I’ve heard a bit about the movie they are making of it, and so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The very fact alone that I had to wait a good month and a half for it from the library should have told me something. People who know me know that I am in bed, lights out at 10:00 every night. Since college. But this book actually made me want to violate that rule and read late into the night just to finish the story. (For the record, I didn't do it. I just didn't really get anything accomplished during the next day, because I spent my time reading.) I can't remember the last time a book was good enough to make me not want to go to sleep.
The Hunger Games takes place sometime in the future, when the countries of North America are long gone and replaced by a new one called Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, as a sign of domination, the Capitol forces each district to select one boy and one girl, ages 12 to 18, to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised, gladiator-esque fight to the death. Sixteen-year-old Katniss quickly volunteers to take the place of her twelve-year-old sister, and accepts it as the death sentence that it is. However, Katniss becomes an actual contender, and finds herself making choices that weigh survival against humanity.
The Hunger Games is actually book one in a trilogy, and while I have read the whole trilogy, I feel strongly enough about this book alone. The premise is compelling and awful and truly captivating. And amazing. My husband is reading the trilogy too, and the very idea of this book actually made him angry. I had to convince him to follow it through to the end. I’m not sure what they are going to do with the movie, but I have a feeling you should probably read this book before seeing the movie. I know the tendency of movies to leave things out for the sake of time, and this story has so many parts to it that you’ll want to know every bit. And if you're going to borrow this book from the library, you might want to get online to reserve it today, because if it's anything like where I live, you'll probably have to wait a month before you get your turn.