Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Not that television isn't wonderful in its own right, but I was a little dissappointed in myself in having read so little to start the year. Up until last week, the only book I had managed to finish was Atlas Shrugged (started in November) and A Walk in The Woods by Bill Bryson.
I found myself rereading Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone thinking I would work back through all seven installments of that series, when a coworker of mine suggested The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
"What's it about," I coaxed.....and to be honest the response I got didn't have me breaking any speed limits towards Barnes & Noble. It sounded interesting enough, but I almost dismissed entirely as "not my cup of tea."
But later that night with none of my unread books in the bookcase jumping out at me, I decided to purchase The Hunger Games on my Nook for the price of $7.00 It was a risk I was willing to take........
The official synopsis from the back cover reads:
"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender: But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
Not rushing to Barnes & Noble either? Well let me say this!
The Hunger Games is captivating from page one until the very end. In fact, if you're anything like me, you won't be able to get ahold of the second installment fast enough. Taking away the whole post-apocalyptic angle and you're really just left with an amazing book about human relationships and the unconditional love of family. Your heart will break for Katniss and District 12. You will find yourself torn between Peeta and Gale. And you will continue turning pages with the same determination and fierce desire as the twelve Tributes you meet. This book is, at the surface, an amazing journey to a far-away place. At the root, this book is a startling examination of big government set to the soundtrack of relationships of the poor and middle class.
Take a chance on this one and I promise you won't be dissappointed.
Go on now.....enter the "Arena"......I dare you.