A little light reading

Thursday, September 22, 2011
I love to read. My Kindle is my new best friend. This summer, the same book kept popping up everywhere. The local bookstore, Facebook, English teachers, my sisters, and even my dad were in deep discussions concerning this book. I even remember seeing my husband read it last spring. One of his students told him he'd like it, and DH never reads anything unless it will teach him something. How could I be so out of the loop? I had to read it.

Luckily, when I bought my kindle, I synced it with my dad's so I would have access to his 200+ books in his kindle library. One of which was The Hunger Games. Anyone with a librarian degree who orders books for their library should be sure to order extra copies of this book.

Have you read it? Wow. To be considered a "young adult" novel is misleading. Twilight is a young adult novel, yet has no resemblance to the themes, symbols, and allegories in this book. (No offense to Twilight fans. After all, I love the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire series.) This book kept me up at nights. I dreamed about this book. It got under my skin.

If you haven't read this book (or even heard of it), it revolves around a post-apocalyptic world where what was once North America is now broken into 13 districts, all of which are controlled by one governing body - the Capitol (think Big Brother/Nazi Germany). The Capitol destroyed the 13th district, and to remind the other twelve districts that they are always in control, they created The Hunger Games. Each year, a boy and girl from each district are chosen to compete in a live, televised event where the children fight to their deaths. (This is an overly simplified synopsis.)

The book has political overtones, social class overtones, love, sacrifice, independence, reality. You name it. It's powerful, in my opinion. It illustrates the struggles these children have with humanity and just trying to survive. All I can think about is there are children out there right now living very similar lives. They are growing up in war-torn countries, where survival may mean having to kill your friends.

I highly recommend this book. It's an excellent read and extremely entertaining. I haven't even read the rest of the series yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy it too!

3 comments

  1. LOVE that book! Love the whole series :)

    My 13 yr old devoured them, and so did my husband.

    Now we all can't wait for the movie :)

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  2. Love, Love, Love the whole series!!!

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  3. I am on the 2nd book. Love them.

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