The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I love to read, and I am constantly on the lookout for awesome new (or old) books to read.

A few weeks ago, my wife started asking her friends for recommendations for a new book series to read, and someone recommended The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. My wife ended up reading the first book in just a few days, she loved it so much, and she quickly finished the sequel, Catching Fire, just a few days later. She told me I would love them, so I decided to give the books a shot.

They were awesome! It took me about a week to go through both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of book 3 in the trilogy. Unfortunately, it isn’t due to be released until September 2010 🙁

Though I love to read, finding a book, series or author with the skill to really draw me into the story is a rare delight. I can think of less than a dozen authors that I have encountered who are capable of weaving such a spellbinding story that I can read their works, totally entranced, for hours on end. Suzanne Collins is just such an author, and The Hunger Games trilogy is just such a series.

The land of Panem is set in a post apocalyptic world built from the remains of North America. Panem is composed of The Capitol, a city rich to excess, and 12 smaller, much poorer districts. The Capitol is both ruthless and seemingly all-powerful, and maintains control over the lives of the district people by subjecting them each year to the Hunger Games, a brutal event meant to demoralize the population.

Each year, each of the 12 districts is required to offer up a boy and a girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, as Tributes to compete in a Gladiatorial style game, where these children are forced to fight to the death in a televised spectacle that all of Panem is required to watch. The last Tribute alive wins.

The main character in the series is a young girl named Katniss Everdeen. Does Katniss Everdeen, a poor girl from District 12, stand a chance? I recommend you find out 🙂

Suzanne Collins does a marvelous job of catching you up in the feelings of her characters, love and hate, death and survival…hope and hopelessness. The moods and feelings conveyed through words were so intense that I could hardly put these books down!

Strangely, as I was reading these at the book store, I heard a song that perfectly captures the mood and feelings of The Hunger Games (at least in my mind). It is called No Sound But the Wind by Editors (click to listen on GrooveShark).

I highly recommend The Hunger Games trilogy to anyone looking for an emotional ride through one incredible world. Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame said she loved the first book so much she took it to dinner and read it under the table because she couldn’t put it down 🙂

The best prices on these books I’ve found is on Amazon (just follow the links):

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

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