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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
A very, very cool expansion of the short story concept I read in middle school of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Why would there be a lottery? Who benefits? Why do the participants allow it?
What happens when the outcome for each participant isn't clear, when there are still choices? How do people conduct themselves, what are the priorities, how do you play it, and how do you survive?
Absolutely wonderful treatment of the story. I love Katniss. Her story makes sense, her skills and choices are well developed and logical, and yet you still don't really know how things will turn out. I'm already on the library list for the next two books, and I'm delighted my book club got me to put this at the top of my list.
Wasn't particularly interested in reading this until after seeing the movie, and then couldn't put it down. Collins blends suspense with speculative fiction featuring a dystopian future society. The Hunger Games introduces us to this society and to a well written, 3D and most importantly, strong female lead. The subject matter and behavior of most of the Capitol characters is very difficult to digest, and only gets worse as the series continues, but is well worth the read. This book will stay with you long after you finish it.
Even though this may be entertaining at first, after I read the book I thought it over. The idea of forcing children into combat against one another is just sickening and wrong. Extremely thought provoking and it made me scared of the future.
Even though it might not be great literature on the scale of Dickens, it has many thought provoking concepts and can inspire many intellectual conversations about serious topics in the younger generation. Also, it's completely compelling - finished it in a day and was furious that it was a cliffhanger!