Monday, August 16, 2010
I know a lot of you may have already read this series, but just in case you haven't, I had to get this recommendation done because the third book in the series will be released soon and I can't wait!
This is considered a young adult sci-fi fiction book, but adults can enjoy it just as much as youth, and I personally found it quite gripping. I can see why it is considered a sci-fi book, but it is more about the human spirit than anything. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, or in my case bed, since I finished it at 3am.
Set in a future post-apocalyptic time where 13 districts of people are ruled over by one powerful Capitol government, the Hunger Games are forced to be played every year by a boy and girl from each district. It is a game of survival where they are supposed to kill each other until only one remains the victor. The Games are used by the Capitol as a form of entertainment, but also as a reminder to the districts of their lower status and to keep them in subjection.
It sounds disturbing and it is. However, I am a fairly sensitive soul when it comes to disturbing and scary topics. I often have nightmares about books and movies that are just not worth it, no matter how good the material. This book did not bother me. I felt Collins covered the graphic parts with restraint, but did not gloss over them either. I have heard some say that it was too disturbing for them, so take that as you will.
The characters feel real and their relationships are complicated. Collins does a good job of leading you to think something predictable will happen, and then turning it to something you wouldn't expect. It leaves you satisfied and interested for the next book, but does not wrap up everything into a pretty, happy ending. The second book, "Catching Fire" did the first book justice and I won't tell you about it because if you read the first, I don't doubt you'll be hooked. The third book "Mockingjay" is being released August 24th.
It's refreshing to find a new series which everyone is talking about, and which is worthy of all the attention.