Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: September 14, 2008
Author’s Website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Review: In post-apocalyptic North America, the government of Panem rules its twelve districts with an iron fist. The oppressive regime demands the majority of each districts resources, leaving the members of the districts to live in poverty, many barely surviving on the food available. Each year, as a reminder of the uprising they had to quell, the government demands a boy and girl, tributes, be sent to participate in the Hunger Games where they are put into an “arena” to fight to the death against all the other tributes and the games masters who use traps and creatures to keep the action going.
This year, District 12’s tributes are Katniss, a girl who volunteers, saving her younger sister from the arena, and Peeta, a boy who’s been secretly in love with Katniss for a long time. Can her drunken mentor provide training and advice that will help Katniss or Peeta win the games by being the last player alive? Will they lose their humanity in trying to survive?
Bottom Line: Suzanne Collins has a great start to the trilogy here. The tone is set early on and once the games begin, the pace takes off and slows just long enough to let you catch your breath before you’re off and running again. My only complaint, which isn’t really isn’t such a big deal since I found this series late and got the trilogy in one purchase, is that the book ends with such an obvious setup for book two. My problem with these types of books/stories is that frequently, it takes a while for the next book to be released. But, that being my biggest gripe, the book is fantastic and I’m looking forward to completing the trilogy shortly.