The Hunger Games is a perfect cross between the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The Running Man. Am I the first to put this together?
I’ve been hearing great things about this book for about a year now. It’s quite popular with the high school crowd. Usually, I ignore all book recommendations from anyone under 25, but the premise of The Hunger Games sounding interesting: 24 teenagers and children fight to the death in a celebrated televised Olympics used to exert power in this dystopian society. The main character is Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old hunter-gatherer who knows her way around a bow. Katniss volunteers to represent her district in the Hunger Games to protect her little sister, Prim.
There are lots of scenes of training, hiding in the bushes, and snapping bowstrings which keep this story moving. The ending has a mild twist, and the story ends to prepare for book two of this trilogy.
I liked reading this during vacation, but I’m not in any hurry to read books two or three. Something tells me that Katniss will survive in the end. My attention span may not.