I did it, I finally went with the crowd and read The Hunger Games. Although I had heard of the series and been told how good it was, I had so many things to read I didn’t think I’d get to it for a while. But, when the film of the first book came out I thought I’d give it a go so bought all three books for my lovely Kindle.
If you’ve been under a rock, you’ll need to know that The Hunger Games is about Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in Panem, a country that was built on the ashes of the USA. Once split into 13 districts and The Capital, a rebellion seventy years before wiped out District 13 and every year since two children from each of the twelve districts has been chosen to compete in a televised fight-to-the-death to remind each district that The Capital is in charge. In this particular year, Katniss Everdeen’s twleve-year-old sister, Prim, is chosen to compete, so she volunteers to take her place.
The bulk of the novel takes us through Katniss’s experiences in being taken from her home in District 12, along with Peeta Mellark, her co-tribute from District 12 and shows how she competes in the Games. I’m not spoiling it to say that she survives the Games – there are two other books after all – but HOW she survives the Games is exciting and fascinating. Katniss has been supporting her family by hunting in the woods near District 12 and so she uses all of her skills to outwit her competitors and survive and some of the alliances she makes are really compelling.
I’ll finish this review now, as I’ll review the other two books too, so there’s plenty to say but I thought The Hunger Games was an excellent taste of what was to come. Utterly gripping, I raced through it and couldn’t wait to read more.