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The Hunger Games

Only slightly put off by the "The Hunger Games is awesome" - Stephanie Meyer slapped across the front cover, I decided to finally read The Hunger Games after it was recommended to me frequently in forums.

And, wow. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book and read it in 2 days. The character Katniss reminded me a lot of Will in His Dark Materials Trilogy (which, to me, is never a bad thing) and the other supporting characters were believable, flawed and engaging. I even found myself with a slight sympathy for the lecherous, alcoholic Haymitch (!)

The book is a mix of Battle Royale, Big Brother and 1984 - converted for a young adult audience. There's action, tension, romance, friendship, morals and humour. It's pretty much has everything you want from a YA novel. Though, it's also more than a little violent at times - so don't go giving it to you 10 year old sister... It is a fight to the death!


The book's vision of the future is both bleak and amusing at once. Citizens living in Capitol-controlled "Districts" are impoverished and malnourished. People die in the streets from starvation and many work beyond their bodies limitations just for whatever food they can get. Yet beyond the gates of the districts, in the Capitol itself, a media frenzied population of wild-haired, gold-skinned citizens flourish under the Captiol's wealth - but only if they continue in their obedience. It is a world Katniss, from District 12, is thrust into when she enters The Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Prim.

The Games is an annual "last-one-standing" affair, where 2 children from each District are nominated to enter. The winner is given a life of plenty and enough food for a year for their entire District.
Designed by the Capitol to exploit power over the Districts, and as a constant reminder to deter uprising, all citizens of all districts are made to watch the gruesome televised Games start to finish.

Let the battle begin...

I'm not going to ruin the story or the outcome, because I think you should read it! - but the fact it took me 2 days to read instead of 1 is purely because I had to stop to eat, wash and stretch. (Things I learnt shouldn't be ignored only after the process of having spent 12 hours straight with Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix...)

The Hunger Games is great. So much so that as soon as I had finished the last page, I ordered it's follow-up, Catching Fire... now tempting me from the bookshelf until I finish my current read XD Thanks, forum-ers!

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