The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
The familiar theme of a futuristic society takes a new twist in this compelling story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in District 12 of Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America. Collins’ story-line is thought-provoking and alarming, as we learn that Katniss and her male counterpart Peeta, must fight to the death against each other and 22 other District Tributes at the annual Hunger Games.
I was nervous while I read this book. I could not imagine how Katniss and Peeta would manage in such a violent arena. I worried at every turn about the dynamics between characters.
There are many conflicts and difficulties and how Katniss, Peeta and the other Tributes confront their problems, align with enemies and for some, ultimately fail, is both fascinating and disturbing.
The movie is very good, too, but as always, the book is better.