January 16th, 2010

The Hunger Games

I just finished reading the book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, for the second time in as many weeks. The first time through, I read the entire book almost straight through in about 8 hours, so I figured I ought to read it again a little slower. It was just as good the second time.

The book takes place in a future North America, where due to some prior disaster (not really mentioned), there are only a few remaining cities: the Capital, and twelve surrounding "districts". At some point, the districts attempted to rebel against the powerful capital, and in punishment, they are forced to participate in the "Hunger Games". Every year, each district must send two teenagers to participate in a televised multi-week fight to the death "game": 24 enter, one survives. (think Survivor, except with killing instead of voting.) The story is told from the point of view of the girl tribute from District 12 -- what remains of "Appalachia", now with a population of 8000. But my description doesn't really do it justice: it's quite a gripping tale, filled with action and emotion.

It's certainly one of my all time favorite books...on to the sequel!