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The Hunger Games

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I know, I know. This post has been a long time coming. I first read The Hunger Games Trilogy in 2010, for heaven’s sake! I re-read them last year, and I expect that I will continue to come back to these books. They are that good.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of The Hunger Games. With the premiere of the movie quickly approaching, Hunger Games mania is at a fever pitch. Even as little TV (well, commercials anyway) as I watch, I’ve been seeing more and more trailers for the movie. I’m checking in every few days on getglue.com to unlock stickers bearing images of the characters. (Remind me to tell you more about Get Glue sometime soon.) I watched the premiere of Taylor Swift’s Safe & Sound music video on MTV and snagged the MP3 for free from Google Play. Have I mentioned that I’m really getting into this?

So if you don’t know what it’s about, The Hunger Games is the first book of a trilogy that goes by the same name. It takes place in a future, dystopian North American country called Panem. Apparently a long time ago, the districts of Panem revolted against the Capitol. They lost, and now the Capitol keeps them in line in part by forcing each district to send two tributes, a boy and a girl, each year to play in the Hunger Games. The winning tribute receives status and privileges. The losers die in the game arena. Our heroine is Katniss Everdeen. She ends up as the female tribute for her district, number 12. The first book tells the story of how she became the District 12 tribute, her training, the Games, and the aftermath.

Like many first entries in a series, The Hunger Games could have been a standalone novel. However, it was a smashing success, and author Suzanne Collins went on to complete Katniss’s story with two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. It’s hard to talk much about the next two books without spoiling the first, so I’m not going to say much about the plot. Unlike the first book, the second one does end on a pretty big cliffhanger, so you will probably want to dive straight into the third. Luckily, I didn’t start reading these until all the books had been published, and I pretty much read straight through them all as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I highly recommend these books. They were published as YA (young adult), but most adults seem to enjoy them immensely as well. I certainly did. I’m also anxious to see the movie, and I’ll let you know how I feel about it once I have.