Friday, March 5, 2010

The Hunger Games

Wow! This book was amazing! It hooked me from the beginning, and kept me turning pages till the wee hours of the morning. Even with work looming just hours away I could not put it down.

It is a great story of action, suspense, love, and hardship. Telling an amazing story of a future society where the government has suppressed all uprising with in its districts and as a reminder of how futile it is to rebel each of the 12 districts must send a boy and a girl to compete in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a televised event celebrated by the Capitol (the only district that does not send contestants to the games), where the players must fight: fight for food, fight the elements to survive, and fight each other... to the death. Only one may be victorious, and with the victory comes great wealth, fame, and gifts for your district. District 12 has only had one victor in the past 74 years, but with two candidates that show spunk and wit, will they have the chance at a new victor?

The author does an amazing job of addressing the issues of a capitalistic, voyeuristic society with out sounding preachy or condescending. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, who has been fighting for the survival of her family for years, you see just how corrupt, ridiculous, and glutenous the Capitol (government) is.

I TOTALLY recommend this book, VERY entertaining!

Learned? I'll think twice before I slow to watch the accident at the intersection, or the reality TV shows that exploit the willing and unwilling for our own entertainment.

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