Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekend Book Club: The Hunger Games

I'm always wary of hyped books.
You know the type, where everyone raves to the point you wonder 'Can it really be that good?'
It's why it took me so long to read the Twilight series and with The Hunger Games, I finally gave in to see what all the fuss was about.

Now I know.

Here's the blurb:

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone fighting against you?

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. WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.

Everything about this book is intriguing: the world they live in, the rules, the lifestyle, the developing relationships.

As for the Hunger, brutal!

Peeta is a hero you instantly fall in love with though I have to admit, it takes me a while to warm up to Katniss, a long while.
She truly seems to be a product of her world: cool, controlled with a hard external shell.

A real page-turner, make sure you have Catching Fire, the sequel, on hand for when you finish The Hunger Games. I sure do!
And look out for Mockingjay, the 3rd in the series, out this month.


Vampires and Tofu said...

I just bought this, can't wait to dive in!

Lacey Devlin said...

Another great sounding choice! I'm jealous of your book finding abilities.

Lois said...

Well, I'm slowly chugging on along, to book three of the Marcelli clan, The Seductive One by Susan Mallery. :)


Nicola Marsh said...

Vampires & Tofu, you will love this!!!!

Nicola Marsh said...

I hear loads of good recommendations on Twitter, Lacey, so I can't take all the credit :)

Nicola Marsh said...

Must pick up another Susan Mallery book soon, Lois.

Only ever read one.

Lois said...

My introduction was the Buchanan quartet, and boy did I love those. Also so loved the last year's quartet, alas, I forget the name of those now. LOL The Sweet trilogy was mostly a love/hate one, you either loved it or hated it. . . except me, I bucked the trend and am in the middle and liked them. (Tends to happen with me like that, bucking the trend. . . LOL). I still have only the first book of this year's trilogy(?), the Fool's Gold one (I think), but hopefully the next time we have the funds to go to the bookstore I can catch up on those. Ah, so many choices! :)


Nicola Marsh said...

Spoken like a true book-a-holic, Lois :)

Love it!