Books: The Hunger Games

Ok, so we have to talk about the book, The Hunger Games. I think over the last several months about seven different people have recommended it to me. Each time, I’d file it away as a book I should look into later.

Well, this weekend something clicked. We were having a really lovely dinner at a friend’s house (Slow cooked pork, sweet potatoes, applesauce, a mediterranean salad and this delicious dip sort of thing) and started talking books. Carly mentioned how good The Hunger Games was. She said she read it in a day and gave us a quick synopsis. 

The next day, I picked it up. That evening, I read several chapters. After that, I couldn’t put it down. When I love a book, I read it while I make dinner, eat or blow dry my hair. I forgo t.v. With this book, I did all of the above and am anxious to read the second, but am also a little afraid. I’m very anti-social with a good book.  

If you’ve never heard of it, The Hunger Games is the first book in the trilogy. It’s young adult, sci-fi and futuristic. They’re making it into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence, who I think will be perfect as the lead.

Here’s the description from the Scholastic site:

“Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

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4 thoughts on “Books: The Hunger Games

  1. Brooke

    I’ve heard similar reviews from several people! Like you, I have always filed it away in my mind. When I heard that it was considered sci-fi, I cringed. However, I feel that you have given me the confidence to pull the trigger on this one. Thanks Laney! To be continued… 🙂

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  2. Jamie Odle

    It’s a game-changer book! I am not a sci-fi person at all, but this is one of my all-time favorites. Glad you liked to it, too, Lane. Get excited, because Catching Fire is even better!

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    1. miscellany Post author

      I’m really excited to read Catching Fire, but know I’ll go into a book coma once I start it. I’ve been putting it off, so that I can get some things done. It is killing me.

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  3. Megan

    The Hunger Games gave me my young adult book groove back after the whole Twilight debacle. You know I love sci-fi, but really, this is a human story (no aliens, vampires, werewolves, etc.) and that’s what makes it so great. It’s also really interesting how the story draws parallels from our current world and begs the question, when is enough, enough?

    Also, Peeta is cute.

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