The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is the first in the series by Suzanne Collins.
Touted as a Young Adult Series, it appeals to both young and old (me). It is a very well-written post-apocalyptic tale.
Background for the series. The country of Panem is broken up into one very wealthy Capitol, and 12 very poor districts. The districts are all working class, with barely enough to get by. An earlier uprising in the 13th district resulted in destruction. As a “lesson”, the Capitol holds a yearly “Hunger Games” competition, where one boy and one girl from each district compete to the death. There is only one survivor. It is televised across all districts.
In this first book, from District 12, Katniss Evergreen “volunteers” in place of her sister. Peeta Mellark is the boy chosen. They do get help – from their drunken mentor Haymitch, who must convince Katniss to be “nice” and to win friends (which she is not prone to do), as well as develop their strengths. Their stylist, Cinna, creates costumes for the pair that make them stand out. They must appeal to the audience in every way possible to attract sponsors who may help them in the games, so the interviews must be memorable. Peeta is much better at this than Katniss. However, when they finally get in the arena, it is every man/woman for himself, or maybe not.
I really enjoyed this series. The writing is good, the plot line holds together, and the characters are spot on. It definitely lived up to all the hype.
Favorite Quotes from The Hunger Games:
” And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
“I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”