Since selling my car I have ridden public transportation (SLC’s TRAX light rail train system) to and from work. To keep myself occupied (and limit my obvious staring and people watching) I have started reading on my Kindle a lot more.
A few people recommended the Huger Games books to me, so I went ahead and downloaded them (I am a sucker for a good review). Turns out some pretty famous authors also like the books (Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer (UGH), and Rick Riordan).
In fact, Stephen King had this to say:
“[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense…I couldn’t stop reading.”
The books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) are written by Suzanne Collins and follow teenager, Katniss Everdeen, during her struggle to survive the “Hunger Games.”
While the books are written for “young adults,” I found them to be a fast read, quite interesting, quick-paced and well written. The concept itself is pretty fascinating.
I love reading and don’t really have a preferred genre. So “young adult” books are fine by me (just look at my intense love of Harry Potter)!
Anywho, here’s a quick blurb about the first book:
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I was sad to finish the series. I highly recommend the books and hope see more from the author soon.
Lucky for me the books are being made into movies! I don’t usually like the movie versions of my favorite books very much, but I’m still pretty stoked that I have them to look forward to. Wonder if they will air in Bulgaria…
If you’ve read them let me know what you thought!