The world needs another review of The Hunger Games like Warren Buffett needs investment advice. The best-selling book has spawned a blockbuster movie that has made over $400 million so far at the box office here in the USA. What I will tell you is how I came about reading this book. In doing my research I kept coming across this title which prompted me into looking further to see what it was all about. When I saw that it was a Young Adult novel and that it takes place in the future I was pretty sure this wasn’t a book that would interest me. Still, in checking reviews it was amazing how well it had been received by virtually everyone who read it. They didn’t just like it, they LOVED it. It was difficult to even find a reader who just thought it was OK.
This mass appeal caused me to delve further into the plot. A dystopian America consisting of 12 districts ruled by the capital. A thirteenth district that had risen in rebellion years ago and been destroyed. As punishment, the remaining 12 districts were forced to offer 2 tributes each year to the Capital in the form of one male and one female between the ages of 12 and 18. They are chosen by lottery and taken to the Capital where they participate in the ultimate reality TV show; a battle to the death where only one survives.
The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old from District 12 who is one of the great heroines of literature. In respect for the 2 people out there who may not have read The Hunger Games, I will say no more except the book is terrific. It’s the ultimate page-turner and best of all, it is only Book 1 of The Hunger Games trilogy. An absolute five star ***** book.