Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I picked this book for the following Seasonal Reading Challenge task:
Read one of the group read selections. The Hunger Games was the sci-fi/fantasy pick.  

About the book (from the publisher):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual 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 steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

This is a great YA dystopian novel. Very, very disturbing (but, isn't that what you want in a dystopian novel?). I was constantly thinking about the reality television shows so popular today. Not much of a stretch...

What book would you have chosen to complete this task? Tell me about it.


joanna said...

I loved this book and its sequel. Can't wait for the next one! But yes, it's disturbing that today's reality tv shows aren't that far off from the Hunger Games...

Sky-Lyn said...

I just found your blog and i LOVE IT! LOVE LOVE IT! I really enjoy how detailed your reviews are and all the challenges going on! Thank you for making my week :)

Desert Rose said...

I'm planning on reading this book sometime soon!

I hope you would accept this award from me :)

TexasRed said...

I was afraid this book wouldn't live up to expectations after hearing how much other people enjoyed it, but I'm a huge fan of the series!