Last Great Book I Read

Have you read the Hunger Games yet? The Hunger Games is the first novel in is a young adult trilogy that my school librarian recommended to me. After hearing a bit of buzz, and realizing the plot is set in a futuristic country in the land formerly known as North America, I admit, I was a bit reluctant to try it, as I'm definitely not one for sci-fi. But given the rave reviews I'd heard repeatedly, I bit anyway. And I'm glad I did, I literally devoured this book. It's innovative, thrilling, interesting, and makes you really reflect on human interaction, compassion, and survival.

Here's a summary from Amazon.com:
"In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing."

I doubt any of my rambling sold you, so here are a few reviews for you to digest in case your interest is piqued, but you need further persuasion. Right now I'm on the cusp of finishing book #2, which is equally page-turning as book #1 (quite a feat in my humble opinion, as sequels often tend to lack the spark of the original).

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15 comments

Christy said...

I love these books. I'm in the middle of book 3 and I can't wait to finish!

Claire said...

they are SO good. the premise always sounds so bizarre when you try to tell people but they really are such page-turners.
curious to see how the movie turns out.

Nicole Marie said...

i'm starting it right now!

JenniB said...

Love the whole series!! I couldn't put the books down and now recommend them to everyone. Even my husband liked them!

Keri said...

I've been hearing so much about these books (and the movies they are currently casting)
I think I will have to pick it up!

Linda said...

Awesome series. The first book was my absolute favorite.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I trust your opinion with books so I'll put this on my list! Thanks for the rec!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I have the audiobook version of this and I must say, I"m pretty amped up to "read" it. After I finish Bossypants, that is. :)

Ashlee Gadd said...

SO GOOD. I am literally counting down until the movies!!

thevoyageofv said...

I had never heard of this series until last night when a friend recommended it. I'm not really one for scifi either, but you can't ignore rave reviews!

Lindsay said...

This is next on my list!

Leesh said...

I am certainly not into sci-fi but a lot of bloggers I follow were raving about the series. I love all three books. I try and recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to read.

If you need something new to read, try The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass. They are also very different and interesting. It's about vampires, fairies, werewolves and warlocks.

Cherry Tree Lane said...

I have heard wonderful things about these....this pushed me over the edge! Getting them today!

Magatha-May said...

They are great books - very addictive. Loved reading them

Noodles and Waffles said...

I loved Hunger Games but didn't like Catching Fire or Mockingjay as much.