The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

I’m not even finished with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and already I’m gearing myself up to tackle a new series, albeit not a seven volume one

I’ve heard good things about this YA (Young Adult) thriller, mainly from my friends Liz Csukas and Jessica Souders. Now, YA is not normally my thing. Okay, I loved Harry Potter and I’ll not hear a bad word about J.K. Rowling’s writing style. It worked for me and the rest of her trillions of fans. But I couldn’t for the life of me take to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Too much angst for my taste.

I like the look of The Hunger Games, though. The premise is simple (as all the best ones are). To quote from its back cover blurb:

“In a dark version of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: Kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before For her, survival is second nature.”

One first glance, two similar concepts come to mind: Stephen King/Richard Bachman’s The Running Man (remember the Arnie movie?) and the Japanese film Battle Royale. But I’m hooked nonetheless. It’s the first book in a trilogy, and if The Hunger Games grabs me in the same way The Gunslinger did, I’m in for the long haul. I’ll keep you posted.

9 responses to “The Hunger Games

  1. I’ll be checking out The Hunger Games, but in the meantime, how are you doing with the DT? Personally I couldn’t get enough, and was sorry to see it end. (for more than one reason)

    • I started volume seven a couple of nights ago. Methinks I’ll be in tears when it’s over. It’s been a revelation for me, it has to be said. I honestly didn’t think it would be this good.

  2. Reminds me of Lord of the Flies . . . or the naughty kids who bit the dust while visiting Willy Wonka in his Chocolate Factory. : )

  3. It’s fantastic! I couldn’t put it down, and it wasn’t only because the kid before me put superglue on the pages. And it’s the perfect size for sheperding spiders that fall on you in the library out of the window as well. But I’d have to say the story is the best bit. Most definitely like a definite thing in definite sauce with a garnish of absolutely!

  4. Good grief, in my day we read Catherine Cookson!

  5. I love your cover of the Hunger Games. I’m interested to know what you think. As for me – Loved it!!! =D

  6. Sounds like a cross between the long walk and the running game – bachman at his best 🙂

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