13 June 2011

The Hunger Games


First line: When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.

Publisher's synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before -- and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

This trilogy is so popular that I'm sure it's been reviewed to death already. My mom read all the books and loved them, and loaned them to my daughter, who pretty much read each book in a single day. I'm always leery of books that have gotten a lot of hype, but since my daughter had them I decided to give them a shot.

And I loved The Hunger Games. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading, and very reluctantly put the book down when I just couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to finish it that night (or rather early morning).  What more can I say? These books deserve all the hype.

(I borrowed this book from my mother.)

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