Monday, August 15, 2011

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was not really on my book radar until my daughter asked me if I'd read it.  Apparently all of her friends LOVED it.  Fast forward to a few days later at Lindbergh Field, where we were getting ready fly to Ohio to visit some friends.  Well, there it was, just waiting for me in the airport bookstore, so I bought it.  Have I mentioned that I love airport bookstores?!  Anyway...I read it all the way to Atlanta.  Then I read it while waiting in Atlanta.  Then I read it all the way to the Akron/Canton Airport and finished it before we arrived.  Needless to say, I LOVED it!

This is not the type of book I normally enjoy.  It takes place in the future, in what used to be the United States.  The people in charge are cruel despots, and their sport is watching the children of their subjects kill each other in the annual Hunger Games.  Think of the Olympics, but with only 1 boy and 1 girl from each country, and the winner is the one who manages not to die.  (Sounds awful, doesn't it? Just try to put it down once you've started.)  As soon as we got home I raced on over to Barnes and Noble and picked up the next installment in the series, Catching Fire.  Unfortunately I haven't started it, because I know I won't want to put that one down, and then I'll have to go get the third book in the trilogy and nothing will get done around here.

So, if you haven't read The Hunger Games, do so SOON!  I'll get back to you on the 2nd and 3rd books, but I have a daughter that needs to get to college first.  Bye for now!


  1. I read the series and liked all three books. I found myself at odds with the subject matter and how easy it was to accept the life and death game even though it was really awful, but written so well that it was acceptable and believable to the story and the futuristic setting. I look forward to the movie version too.

  2. Fun books, AND well-written. I really enjoyed them.

  3. I agree with both of you!! I wonder what the movie will be rated. I can't imagine how they'll do it without being gruesome. When is it coming out?