I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and downloaded a digital copy from the school library. Then I sat and read it that day. Collins has done a terrific job here in creating the latest big thing in Young Adult Fiction. I was spellbound.
Katniss Everdeen is our heroine – tough but deeply devoted to those she loves. She lives in a dystopian futuristic world where rebellions against ‘The Capital’ have resulted in the yearly ‘Hunger Games’, where one boy and one girl from each district is chosen to battle it out to the death in a game of survival that is televised across the country.
When her young and gentle little sister is chosen against tremendous odds, Katniss volunteers in her place and is prepared to enter the arena. But Katniss is a survivor, and slowly through her skills and building relationships, she starts to understand how to play the game.
With such a brutal storyline, Collins has to be careful to preserve the audience’s respect for Katniss, who manages to fight for her life without becoming a cold-blooded murderer. There’s even a love story thrown into the mix, as she develops complicated feelings for the other contestant from her District, which in turn must affect her approach to surviving the games.
Engrossing and beautifully visualised, the series is worthy of all its success. Glad I read the book before the film comes out.