Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Hunger Games


I just finished reading the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I just couldn't put it down.  I had to because my job needed all my attention (marking papers, correction of exams, class preparation...),  but as soon as I had free time, I'd read a chapter.  For those who have no idea what The Hunger Games are, here's a synopsis of the book:

The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of the current nations of North America, in a nation known as "Panem." Panem used to consist of a rich Capitol, located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and twelve (formerly thirteen until one is destroyed) surrounding, poorer districts which cater to the Capitol's needs. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol wherein the thirteenth district was supposedly destroyed, every year one boy and one girl from each of the remaining twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery and forced to participate in the "Hunger Games." The Games are a televised event where the participants, called "tributes," must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The winning tribute and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely. It is required viewing for everyone in the districts.
You might think this story is twisted. I agree with you.  I'm used to readingchick lit, so imagine me reading this sci-fi-adventurous story! It was a good change and I'm really glad my colleague Mark told us about it.  I just can't wait to start the second book - Catching Fire.  It's waiting for me, on the night table by the bed with the bookmark already inside!  It'll have to wait until the  report cards are done with all the results and comments . So, I'll come back and write my second review very soon.
By the way, there's a movie coming up on March 23!!!  Check this out:


1 comment:

Susanbright said...

Hi Anne-Julie! I am with you. Once you start reading The Hunger Games, prepare to read all three and get little else done!