Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hunger Games

In the distant future, North America has been replaced by the nation of Panem.  The government is a cruel regime that continues to punish the outer districts for a long-ago rebellion by sending one boy and one girl from each to the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy and the first pick for the Teen Reads reading group.

On the surface, this is a mash-up of many standard dystopian tropes.  Where the story distinguishes itself is in the narration from Katniss, a tribute from one of the poorest districts who volunteers to replace her sister in the Games.  Her discovery of both what it will take to win the Games--both physical and psychological--and how she feels about the roles she must play deliver us a flawed but compelling narrator.  The world-building is first-rate, the action exciting, and the love triangle has proven to elicit strong opinions on either side, but none of them are what puts this series ahead of the pack.  It has connected with people because people have connected with Katniss.

The Hunger Games is published by Scholastic Press and retails for $8.99 (paperback).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us on Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:30 p.m. for the first meeting of Teen Reads, a new reading group for ages 12 to 18, at Left Bank Books--Central West End!  We'll be discussing The Hunger Games, followed by an optional $5 screening of the new film!

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