Hunger Games (vol. 1)

Every once in a while a book comes along that just blows me away. You know the kind, every minute spent not reading it is spent trying to figure out a way to get back to reading it. Books like these are few and far between.

For me, House of Leaves was one, as was Battle Royale, same with the Nightwatch series, and of course Lord of the Rings. I am happy to say that another book has joined the list. That book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger Games is the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy (the second one being Catching Fire, the third is Mockingjay).

Like Battle Royale, The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the government picks random young people to wage bloody battle to the death until only one remains alive.

Whereas Battle Royale used a random 9th grade class for the slaughter, Hunger Games uses a lottery-based system in each of Panem’s 12 Districts to pick the chosen boys and girls who compete.

If a person from a certain district wins, that district gets extra food and oil rations for the year… until the next Hunger Games.

The world of The Hunger Games can best be described as a cross between Lord of the Flies, The Running Man, and of course, Battle Royale.

The story follows Katniss Everdeen as she’s picked to be the female tribute for District 12, one of the lowest ranking districts in the country. Her trainer is drunk half the time and her fellow tribute has a motive of his own.

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