Unless you live under a rock you have hear that the most popular and talked about YA book series right now is called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s a three part book series, it consists of “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, and “Mockingjay”.
A couple months ago I had many friends come to me and go on and on about how unbelievable these books are, this made me definitely consider reading it but what really made up my mind was seeing the movie trailer for the first on screen installation of the series (midnight showing is TONIGHT YAY!). As lame as it sounds I am always one to see the movie instead of read the book he movie is based on, mainly because I am a super slow reader (I blame it on ADD). Twilight was the first series I had read before the movies came out…and yes I am a “Twi-hard”. Anyways every time I would see The Hunger Games trailer it would give me chills all over, it had an affect on me that’s for sure!
The day I bought my Kindle Fire, I immediately purchased the first Hunger Games book and read a couple hundred pages in the first hour I had it! I read the first book in three days (which btw is a record for me). I read the second in 5 days, and took my sweet time with the last, feeling very sad about it all coming to an end.
Hunger Games is a story that revolves around the main character, Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives with and takes care of her little sister and her mother. It takes place in the ruins of North America, now called Panem. In the middle of Panem is the Capitol where the President and all the wealthy glamorous people live. The rest of Panem is cut into 12 districts, each known for their specific specialty (Masonry, Coal Mining, Fishing, Transportation, Lumber, Textiles, Grain, Livestock, Agriculture, Power, Technology, and Luxury). Katniss is from District 12. Her father died a few years prior to the beginning of the first book and she is considered the head of the household, taking care of her little sister Prim, and their mother.
Every year, one boy and one girl between ages 12 and 18 is selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes, who prepare for a week and then go into an outdoor arena to fight to the death. The event is nationally televised as mandatory viewing for all citizens and the last living tribute is declared the winner. Prim, Katniss’ little sister who is just 12 years old is chosen as the female tribute for district 12 which results in Katniss volunteering to take her place. Peeta Melark, a baker’s son is chosen as the male tribute. Katniss, Peeta, Gale (Katniss’ best guy friend and hunting partner) have quite the love triangle not much different from the Edward, Jacob, Bella triangle..minus all that supernatural stuff. You might ask yourself how they can make 3 books out of this story when the first book already has them in The Games, I thought this too but you will be PLEASANTLY surprised.
After reading this series, which btw was the fastest I have ever read anything, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of these books sooner. I am so anxious to spread the word about them! Please read these books! If you like action/suspense movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, these books will do that. If any of you have read the books let’s talk about it! What were your favorite parts? What are you most looking forward to seeing in the movie?!
Happy reading guys!! I’ll see you tonight at the midnight showing!! =D
Rating: on a scale of 1-10…I give these books a 20!!