The Hunger Games, I had seen the book on display when I would walk by in Sam’s but never picked up. Then one day a friend of mine told me how great it was. We’d recommended books to one another before so I picked it up and read what it was about. A world with 12 districts each getting worse off with District 12 being the lowest of the low, all centered around the Capitol. Each year due to a previous uprising years and years ago each District must submit one male and one female tribute to the Hunger Games, a televised event where the tributes basically fight to survive and fight to the death in the arena where only one lives. Dark. Well the main character is Katniss Everdeen. She is from District 12 and doesn’t want to be in the games but when he sister’s name is picked she volunteers. Along with Katniss from District 12 you have Peeta, whom I completely adore.
The first book is the run of the games. From the moment they are selected through the training and the parading around that mirrors a bad reality TV for the Capitol, all the way through the games. The books are violent, it is a fight to the death after all but there is so much more than that. I was captivated, I couldn’t put the book down. When I got the book the 2nd book Catching Fire was already out so I got both, not wanting to have to wait when I finished one. Well I started reading the first book Christmas Eve night and couldn’t put it down to sleep. I eventually passed out on the book, having not slept for over 48 hours by then. I was woke up bright and early…well dark and early since it was Christmas and my little brother had us up at 5am. I made my sleepy way out to the couch with book in hand and continued to read through the opening of Christmas presents, when I wasn’t unwrapping I was reading. After all was said and done I was still reading as my family cleaned up around me and prepared for my family to show up. Me I was reading, I did manage to start to get ready for company but as they showed up I kid you not I heard my Aunt saying ‘Where’s Eve?’ I looked down and have 2 pages to go. I finished them very quickly and then happily went to join everyone where I proceeded to talk about this book.
If that isn’t enough high acclaim then let me tell you more about the story and not my obsession. The world itself is creative and different but frighteningly real enough that you wonder could this really happen to us? The characters all have their role to play and with the heroine Katniss you feel everything she is feeling all the pain, uncertainty, emotions, its amazing. And Peeta, I already admit to adoring him but he is written in a way that made me fall in love with him. He is kind and caring but also able to take care of some things. There are other wonderful characters also such as Gale, Haymitch, Rue, and so many others with 24 tributes all with different traits and motives it gets pretty intense.