Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
I had been aware of this trilogy for a while, it has been gaining in popularity, especially with the movies coming out, but I didn’t actually know that much about it. Ok, I knew that the main character is called Katniss and it was something about teenagers trying to kill each other, but other than that I knew nothing. I did resist reading it for a little while as I was aware that just because it was popular didn’t mean it was good, Twilight is a prime example, but when I noticed that Mark Reads had done a chapter by chapter review I decided that now was the time to give it a try.
So far I have only read the first book, The Hunger Games, GoodReads has the following to say about it;
Sometime in the future after the destruction of North America in a nation known as Panem, the 74th Hunger Games begins.
As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are sele
cted by lottery and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which the participants, or “tributes,” must fight to the death in a dangerous, outdoor arena, controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains. The difference this year is District 12 has had it’s first volunteer probably in the whole history of the District… Katniss Everdeen, who volunteered to take the place of her younger sister, Prim; and she’s already making an impression.
What can I say, given what I knew I was sort of expecting something like Battle Royale. I won’t say there aren’t similarities between the two books, but not enough for me to make an accurate comparison. I really like the world that Suzanne Collins has created, I love the sense of desperation, that these people have no choice in what is happening to them. I love the concept that in some of the wealthier districts being a tribute for the Hunger Games is seen as a viable career move. People actually train and compete for the honour.
It did take me a little while to get into the book, partly because it is written in first person present tense, which did feel a bit odd at first, but once I got used to it I really couldn’t put it down. I will admit there were times when I wanted it to move on a bit, it seemed to take ages until the games actually started, but the world building she slipped in in the intervening chapters was interesting enough to keep my attention.
I will definitely be reading the other two books as I do want to find out what happens next, though it will have to wait until I have gotten through some of my ridiculously high to read pile. Hopefully I will have another post up for you soon.