Last Friday night a friend from work (thanks Ashley) let me borrow her copy of The Hunger Games, the first book in the Susan Collins trilogy and I had finished it by Sunday night. I literally could not put the book down it was that good.
The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world where North America is no longer the United States of America, but a place called Panem. Panem is made up of the Capitol which houses an oppressive government and a ruling caste who live in luxury, while the rest of the country is broken down into twelve districts where the people live as peasants doing mostly hard labor jobs barely making enough money to live on much less eat.
Annually as punishment for a previous rebellion by the districts against the Capitol a lottery or draft is held in each district. All children’s names between the ages of twelve and eighteen are included in the draft sometimes more that once and two – one boy and one girl are chosen from each district to participate in a fight to the death in a Capitol controlled setting.
The story revolves around a girl Katniss Evergreen a sixteen year old who is from District 12 – currently Appalachia and she volunteers to take the place of her younger sister Primrose who is only twelve and whose name was drawn in the lottery. Katniss is forced to find a way to survive not only the other participants, but thirst, hunger, fire and wild animals.
I’m not sure if it was the author’s intention, but while reading the book I couldn’t help but think about the current class warfare debate that is going on in the country and how this book points to some of the issues of what it’s like to be poor and disadvantaged.
I would definitely recommend the first book and I think my niece Amy would too !