Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Hunger Games

Yesterday I wrote that The Color of My Words is the book I recommend most. I should amend that by saying it is the book I recommend most to females. The book that I recommend most to everyone (cousins, parents, colleagues, students, friends, strangers) is The Hunger Games. In fact, if you are reading this, I probably have recommended it to you already, so why am I writing this?

In case someone slipped through the cracks, Suzanne Collins has written an absolute stunner of a novel. In Panem, the evil government stages an annual competition where youths from each of the thirteen districts compete for food for the next year. The catch? It is a televised fight to the death. The story reminds me of so many things I have enjoyed in the past, from Running Man to "Battle Royale", as well as things like reality tv of which I am not a huge fan.

Readers who are squeamish may have trouble at some points; the descriptions of characters' deaths are grisly. Still, there is so much to love. The protagonist, Katniss, is prickly and unfeminine. The inevitable love triangle is not overwhelming and is a truly difficult choice, both Gale and Peeta are fantastic guys. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't do anything but read, and this was on my annual trip to the states when I am supposed to get all my business taken care of for the upcoming year! No time...the Hunger Games are happening!

Get there.

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