I spend a lot of time kicking myself that I don’t read more, that feeling of being totally lost in the world of the book can be totally addictive and I don’t give myself enough of a chance to get into that state. Having said that though it may just be the books I’ve been reading recently because when I (hopefully temporarily) set aside the China Mieville I had been struggling with and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games because I just had to see what the hype was about, I was instantly sucked into the Hunger Games world and oh the hype is so very, very much worth it (far more so than a certain other popular book series – and I’m not talking about Harry Potter). So I devoured this book in just a few days, actively finding time to read it, instead of picking up a book only when I literally didn’t have anything else to do.
Set in post-apocalyptic America, in what is now known as Panem, a state which consists of a gleaming Capitol and twelve Districts that surround it, serving it, the Hunger Games are effectively a system of human sacrifices, set in the format of a television reality show, where each District submits two tributes (drawn by a form of lottery) to go into an arena to fight to the death, all in front of the cameras. We follow one of the tributes from District 12, the poorest of the twelve districts, as she fights to survive.
I loved how the story was told in a first person narrative, it was instantly engaging and the main character was likeable without being too perfect. As usual with these sort of books there was an element of ‘romance’, with the main character being drawn between the two male leads (*ahem* certain other very hyped popular series) but whereas in that certain other series where I wanted to scream at the main female lead to stop being stupid and choose the safer, less sparkly option, there is far more of a real dilemma in The Hunger Games and it’s going to make the next two books in the trilogy a lot more interesting.
And mentioning the remaining two books, oooh they’ve certainly been set up well, I have a feeling books 2 and 3 are going to delve into the complex world of Panem and it’s injustices, even more.