Given the extreme levels of enthusiasm of my kids and friends, there was no way I’d be able to resist reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for long.
I picked it up this week and must admit I couldn’t put it down.
What a fun, engaging read!
I’m normally a non-fiction guy. Leadership, spirituality, politics.
I’m not even sure how to write a review for a fictional work, because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I’ve included the publisher’s description below.
I was drawn in from the get go. The story reads with an engaging and compelling pace.
The characters are interesting and well-drawn. I find myself caring about some, loathing others, and just being plain annoyed by the annoying.
The turns and tensions in the plot line have enough believable potential outcomes that it never feels too predictable or formulaic.
I simply enjoyed falling into the world Collins created for us and watching on the edge of my seat as Katniss Everdeen navigated the Hunger Games.
The publisher’s description reads:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
I heartily recommend giving this teen adventure a read no matter what your age.
Now I’m trying to get my hands on the sequel!