In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2010)
- ISBN: 9780439023528
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
I totally see why they made this one a movie. I see it as a mash up of The Running Man meets The Lord of the Flies... and for those who have seen those two movies, can imagine the excitement and action of it all.
I am definitely going to see the film now and see if it lives up to the hype I have built in my brain. I hope so, and rest assured, I will be letting you know too!
Recommend? YES, AND YES again.
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