On Thursday, I was farting around on Twitter and I kept hearing mention of a story called The Hunger Games. As usual, I'm a dollar short and a day late so I thought it was a fan fic but it wasn't until one of our wonderful readers sent me a link to the Wiki site that I actually started to get interested, because that shit sounded right up my alley.
The Hunger Games (2008) is a young-adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins. It was originally published in hardcover on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic. It is the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where North America once stood. This is where a powerful government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death. The Hunger Games exist to demonstrate not even children are above the Capitol's power.Fight to death? Why, I do that every day when I commute to work!! I'm in!
By Friday I managed to get a copy of the series (there are actually three books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay being the other two) and... I could not fucking put it down. At all. I tore through all three books by Sunday afternoon, when I finally looked up, blinked a bunch of times, and realized my house was still in shambles because I did nothing but read for three days straight.
Sound kinda familiar??? It was sort of like what I did with Twilight. Okay, it was exactly what I did with the Twilight saga.
Seriously, folks, this series is excellent. It's well written and meticulously thought out. In short, this is some really flawless writing. Suzanne Collins deserves all the accolades she's received about the series. And then some more.
I'll be totally honest, however. This is a heavy trilogy. There is loss, violence, oppression and a whole slew of painful and/or uncomfortable situations covered. It's like 1984's Big Brother met The Lottery and they had a threesome with Death Race 2000. Or something like that.
There were definitely times where I found myself perched on the edge of my seat, whispering, "no, no, no, NOOO!!". And yes, there may have been tears involved, too.
I love Twilight for all the various reasons we've stated on this blog for the past eighteen months. It's a love story, a happily-ever-after, and it hits that emotional soft spot in such a way that just feels too fucking good to NOT read it.
The Hunger Games got under my skin because it is the exact opposite of what I described above. The characters are multi-faceted and they are not all perfect--not in the least--but you love them anyway, even for their very real flaws, or in part because of them. The action scenes have you on the edge of your seat and it's gritty and bleak and you find yourself rooting for people you never thought you would. But most of all, you hope that everything will turn out all right for Katniss and her family and friends.
And that's kind of the point, I think. Hope.
So if you haven't been grabbed in a stranglehold by anything non-twi-related in years and want to go back to that time when you were feigning digestive maladies just to spend
But PLEASE -- no spoilers in the comments!! Or STY will hunt you down, kill you, and hide your remains next to the moose meat in LKW's freezer.