Unless you’ve been living in a cave you will have heard of The Hunger Games, following the release of the blockbuster film adaptation. The uninitiated may be sick of all the hype surrounding this dystopian adventure, but here’s what you need to know: it’s damn good.
Don’t be put off the ‘Young Adult’ tag. It’s perfectly adult material with a dark premise: in post-apocalyptic North America, the ruling government is in brutal control of its people. One of the nastiest reminders of their power is the annual Hunger Games, where 24 teenagers are randomly selected to fight to the death while the whole world watches.
When 16 year old Katniss volunteers to compete in place of her sister, she is plunged into the cruel Hunger Games arena. But Katniss is familiar with suffering and knows what it takes to survive. She scrambles through the violence of the games with resourcefulness, cunning and ferocious bravery. The love triangle that spans the entire trilogy is in its infancy here as author Suzanne Collins focuses on Katniss herself and the terse, iron will that drives her forward. Believe the hype: The Hunger Games is intense, uncompromising fiction that will have you gripped from the first pages.
About the author: Suzanne Collins has been writing childrens tv as well as books since 1991.
Praise: “Gladiator” meets “Project Runway” in Suzanne Collins’s gripping dystopian novel “The Hunger Games”. Collins has joined J.K. Rowling… as a writer of children’s books that adults are eager to read.” Bloomberg.com