08 June 2011

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (paperback, Kindle), by Suzanne Collins, is a novel set in a future North America. Each year twenty-four teenagers are selected from the twelve Districts and thrown into a wilderness arena to fight each other to the death in a televised event. The Hunger Games are the Capitol's way of demonstrating its absolute power and humiliating the districts. The heroine, Katniss, volunteers to enter The Hunger Games in her sister's stead. Katniss is very clever and quickly figures out what she is going to have to do (and how to play everyone— including but not limited to the other contestants) in order to win.

(Yes, the premise is a lot like Battle Royale; or "Survivor", with killing.)

This is a fun and not-very-long read. It is well paced and there are hardly any lulls in the action. I had trouble putting down this book. Recommended.

Looking forward to reading the sequels and watching the movie.

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