I know I might be a little late in the game on this, but I’ve got to chime in, Katniss kicks ass. Her hardcore, survival spirit coupled with her compassionate heart hooked me from page one. I had been hearing about The Hunger Games for months and tried desperately to download a copy from I-Books (this is only one of MANY books not available through Apple, why? Why I ask you!) Finally a friend let me borrow a tattered copy, one that many people had borrowed and loved. I was so excited! I had given up television for Lent (that didn’t last long) and was practically salivating to dive into The Hunger Games.
Without giving away the ending, though many of you have probably either read the book or seen the movie by now, the book is situated in a post-apocalyptic world divided up by districts and run by a tyrannical President. As a reminder of the wars of the past and the districts place of current subservience, two teenagers are selected annually from each district to compete to the death in a gladiator-like Hunger Games.
The book was great, it was better than great, it pulled me into a world of survival where cruelty was commonplace and Darwinism ruled. The unfairness within the districts was stark and I’m sure many English/Social Studies teachers have used this book as an opener into real world injustice and revolution discussions. The book itself is short and fast-paced. The dialogue and action scenes keep you at rapt attention. So many of my friends have said to me, “I’m not a reader though, I don’t do books.” This book is different, trust me. Using an alcohol related analogy (go with what you know) this book is like a shot of tequila. It’s not a fine wine that should be savored and sipped on. It’s a kick in your behind that makes you draw in your breath and yell WOOOOOO! I highly recommend it.
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