31 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins

I usually choose my yearly 100th book to read based on it meaning something to me, but this year I couldn’t come up with anything, but then I remembered this book. I have a few friends, one in particular (hi, Lisa!), who have been hounding me to read these for a while. Honestly, it’s YA, it’s somewhat SciFi and the description just didn’t seem to grab me. But I decided that my 100th book would be a nod to my friends and family that are always telling me “Oh, you HAVE to read this book”. So, then…

I got about 5% into the book and was completely disgusted. I think I may have called Lisa a very bad name. You see, I could NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN. It was darn well nearly physically attached to my hand. I lost sleep, I gasped in certain places, I yelled “no!” a few times, I was, in short, insane for the day it took me to read this one.

The author completely sucks you into this world of the future. Of kids dying as sacrifices to the capital. Of a love triangle. Of family bonds. Of humanity. There is so much going on in the book that it seems like it would be confusing, but in reality, you are so caught up in the entire story that it doesn’t matter. It’s all-encompassing. It’s all-consuming. It’s, as Lisa told me, un-put-down-able.

There are scenes that rip your heart out in this book. I had to remind myself when I was done that it was YA (Young Adult) because I enjoyed it immensely. Most YA material I can take or leave but this had me hitting the “buy” button for the next in the series within 2 minutes of finishing it.

This one makes my must-read list for 2010. I also do not know how to recommend this for, I simply cannot come up with anyone that might not enjoy it. I am not sure I would let my 7-year-old read it, but my 10-year-old would probably enjoy it just as much as my mother or my 70-year-old grandmother would. Read it. Seriously.

Grade 7 & Up -I n a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins’s characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like Survivor and American Gladiator. Book one of a planned trilogy

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2010: 100
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