Suzanne Collins’ view of a post-apocalyptic America, divided into twelve districts, is nothing short of revolutionary. The Hunger Games begins with a simple enough premise: twenty-four teens are chosen to participate in what is essentially a reality show. It’s also a test of survival, a show of political power by a corrupt government, and a proving ground for the worst traits in human nature where surviving may mean losing your humanity.
The Hunger Games is full of gripping, luminous characters that worm their way under your skin–or, in Katniss’ case, bulldoze their way in–and leave you needing more time with them. But not only is it the characters you see that make an impression: the entire country is watching these kids struggle to overcome the Gamemakers, the elements, and each other. It makes you wonder who these people are and how they can condone this year after year. It also makes you think about exactly how close we are to becoming this very society.
This book is the best I’ve read so far this year. The waiting list, at my library at least, is a testament to how popular this book is among teens, and adults should not overlook it. If you can’t get it at your local library, buy it. It’s more than worth it.