Well, I’m late to the “game” on this one. Nevertheless, having just read the first in Suzanne Collins’s young adult fiction trilogy—in the wake of the buzz around the just-released third book of the trilogy, Mockingjay—I feel that I must write something about it. My reaction to The Hunger Games can be summed up in three words: Blown. A. Way. For those who have not yet read it but plan to, my Hunger Games summary and review will not spoil any crucial plot twists.
The Hunger Games: Summary
The Hunger Games portrays a dystopian vision of the future of North America, now the nation of Panem. In Panem, a powerful and technologically advanced city—The Capitol—rules mercilessly over 12 outlying districts, each named simply for their number. Every year, The Capitol requires that each district select two teenagers by lottery—one boy and one girl—to represent the district at the annual Hunger Games, as “tributes”.
The Hunger Games are a cross between the reality show Survivor and the Roman Colosseum: the 24 teens fight to the death on live national television in a huge outdoor arena (we’re talking many square miles here), which encompasses a range of natural geography that varies from year to year. Continue reading