Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
How addictive is this book!? I read it over the weekend enjoying every minute of suspense and action in this YA dystopian thriller, a genre not normally on my radar. But with all the blah-blah-blah Katniss this and blah-blah-blah Peeta that ALL OVER THE INTERNET AND BOOKSTORES, *and* a movie coming out this March, it was just a matter of time, really, before I could resist no longer. I'm weak like that. The tipping point came when Son14 asked for a copy to read because EVERYBODY ELSE IS READING IT, and how is a bookish mother supposed to resist a request like that? Of course I wasn't about to hand it over unread, though. I had to *check it out* for appropriateness and quality control, you understand, kind of like Halloween candy.
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 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 death 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love. (back cover)