Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The first in a trilogy and coming soon to a theater near you. Thankfully, it’s still in the filming stage, so you have plenty of time to read the entire triology and weigh in on whether you’re on team Peeta or team Jacob. Right?

So, first thing about these book reports. I’m gonna spoil the shit out of them. Just putting that out there now. Either you peek ahead to the back page or you don’t, and I’m the former rather than the latter.

Anyway, I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon, and Entertainment Weekly has given it enough editorial space to deem it worthy of reading, so I plowed through book one. Like the Harry Potter and Twilight series(es?), Hunger Games is meant for a teen audience but enjoyed by adults. Hunger Games book one (I can’t comment yet on the other two; they’re on my summer reading list) focuses on Katniss Aberdeen, a teen living in some sort of post-apocolyptic, or perhaps entirely made up, society ruled by a Capitol and divided into Districts. Katniss is from District 12, a poor coal mining district  many people are hungry. To feed her family, Katniss often hunts (not exactly legal) with her bow and arrow and her good friend Gale.

Twelve districts. Twenty-four tributes. One … SURVIVOR! (Except not the CBS/Jeff Probst kind)

Each year, the districts all participate in the Hunger Games, which pit two teens (called “tributes”) from each district against each other in a televised death match under harsh conditions until there is only one survivor, which is to serve as a grim reminder of a rebellion that took place many years ago. Teens are chosen at random through a lottery.

As you may have guessed, Katniss is selected from the Hunger Games – although it is by choice to save her younger sister, Primrose. The first book deals entirely with the days leading up to and the action that unfolds at the Hunger Games. And as you also may have guessed, since this is a trilogy, it’s a good bet that Katniss will make it to the end. But what of Peeta, the male tribute from District 12 who publicly declares his lifelong love for Katniss?

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