I put off reading The Hunger Games for most of 2009. The blurb on the back was challenging – a reality TV show where all the teenagers had to kill each other off! I don’t think so.
But then my stepson got the book for Christmas – he devoured it in 2 days. My husband read it in the post-Christmas eat/sleep-fest: he couldn’t stop talking about it. Finally I had to see what all the fuss was about.
As my family where fighting over whose turn it was to read #2 of the trilogy, ‘Catching Fire’, I settled into ‘The Hunger Games’. They lost me for 3 days.
Katniss and Peeta became members of my family. Section 12 and the tactics of the games crept into my dreams. Somehow their survival became linked to mine…, perhaps in my dreams I could influence what happened in this ‘brave new world’? The line between reality and fantasy, real and impossible became blurred.
I haven’t been haunted by a story like this for such a long time. It was wonderful!
Just in….the latest Trailer for the movie! Can’t wait – it gives me goosebumps.
Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.