As I began to read this book I must admit I wasn’t too thrilled. I immediately thought of a short story I had read years earlier entitled “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Although I read it in high school, after some quick research I learned that “The Lottery” was first published in 1948 in The New Yorker. For those of you unfamiliar with this story, “The Lottery” describes one small town’s practice to ensure a good harvest – sacrificing one member of the community by stoning them to death. The story was also (of course) turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Keri Russell and Dan Cortese. Thankfully The Hunger Games had a bit more in store.
The first chapters of The Hunger Games had me worried that I was reading a technologically improved version of the same idea and thought about giving up on it. However, since I had heard such great reviews from friends and the media, I pushed myself to read on. And I must say, I’m so, so happy that I did. The Hunger Games turned out to be a major page-turner!!
While writing this review, I’ve struggled with whether I want to expose details that only those who finished the book would know. I’ve decided against that. I typically read a review to find a book to read – not to read about how the book turned out. But, I do want to encourage anyone considering reading these books to just read it! This book, as well as the trilogy has everything that most readers are looking for: action, romance, violence, friends and family. And an adventurous, gritty, tough heroinne who serves as the main character.
Although I don’t want to get too far into the plot, I will say that the relationships the characters develop throughout the book were a big reason that I kept reading for so long. I could relate to the bonds that were made and I think that most readers could find at least one relationship they could relate to as well. Additionally, the technology that the author is able to write into the story is absolutely amazing! I know there are some readers who will find just that aspect fascinating.
I realize that keeping the plot secret seems like a strange way to recommend a book but I think it also adds mystery to an already wonderful book. Although I don’t have a lot of posts yet, I do know a good book when I read one – and this is it! Although this series is categorized in the young adult section, I think it should be reserved for the 18+ (or so) crowd. I don’t think it’s something appropriate for junior high students. The violent images seem a bit advanced for the younger group and I don’t think I would feel comfortable recommending it to 12 year olds. However, if you’re an adult looking for a great page-turner, pick up The Hunger Games. And soon, you’ll probably be picking up the sequels!
Until next time, enjoy and keep reading!