Review by Jill Williamson
In the ruins of what was once North America, The Capitol keeps its people in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on National TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss is horrified when her little sister’s name comes up in the reaping. She rushed to the stage, volunteering to take her sister’s place. Twenty-four boys and girls enter, only one survives. How will Katniss fare in the Hunger Games? And how could she possibly kill Peeta, a boy who once saved her life?
I had to read this, as so many others were, and I was not disappointed. A clever premise in today’s world of reality TV shows. What if your nation forced its people to participate in such a gladiator-like event? It’s a bit of an appalling premise, really, knowing that you’re going to read a book where twenty-three teenagers will be killed. Suzanne Collins does a good job toning down the violence and focusing on her characters, Katniss and Peeta.
I was intrigued to see Katniss go through this process. How she, and some of the other contestants, had good hearts and refused to give in to The Capitol’s merciless and controlling ways. It’s a very entertaining, action-packed story. I’d like to read book two, but since book three doesn’t come out for a while, I may hold off a bit.