17 January, 2012

The Hunger Games

I first heard about this book, The Hunger Games trilogy, on twitter. It was named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of the Year" in 2008 and a The New York Times "Notable Children's Book of 2008".

The Hunger Games, the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy, is a novel written by Suzanne Collins. First published in 2008, the book is about sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. In the book, the Hunger Games is an event held annually where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol, the central city, are selected to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.

The Hunger Games

Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, said, "I was so obsessed with this book....The Hunger Games is amazing."

Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, said, "closest thing to a perfect adventure novel."

Stephen King compared it to "shoot-it-if-it-moves videogames in the lobby of the local eightplex; you know it's not real, but you keep plugging in quarters anyway." He gave the book an overall B grade.

Just got an ebook copy, will put it on my iBooks right about now…

Have you read the book? Is it included in your “must read” list? Why or why not?


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