Monday, August 2, 2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I'm speechless. Utterly mute. Shocked, silent and completely dazed. My tongue has been tied, and my voice is less than it once was. The words are not coming, because I am unable in my astounded state to communicate that I am mute.
But for you, I will try, because it means that much to me. And it quite possibly might change your life. Well, probably not, but if your a little touched like me and totally have your priorities screwed, it probably will.
Okay, here goes.
I have found a bbbbb . . . .book that I love as much as. . . .Twilight.
I know, I know. But before you start throwing tomatoes, let me just tell you about it.
The name of the book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is the first book of a trilogy and is the straight up bizzy bomb. It has the romance of Twilight, The futuristic aspect of the Terminator, Love the earth feel of Avatar, and a whole new element that makes it completey unique.
The book takes place in the future, during a very dismal time in humanity. The United States is gone, and now there exists only Panem, which is made up of 12 districts. The new order is run by The Capitol, a power hungry group of people determined to keep the districts from revolting. A group of children are chosen annually to participate in the Hunger Games, where they have to fight to the death on TV. These children, as well as most of the citizens, live in a world full of despair, working for pennies, and starving for food.
At the opening of the book, our heroine Katniss, volunteers to take the place of her younger sister after her name is pulled in the Hunger Games lottery. It's a really gutsy decision, considering her district, District 12, hasn't had a winner in 30 years, and well if your 1 in 24, it ain't really looking like your odds are that good. But lucky for Katniss, the other contestant from her district is Peeta Mellark, a baker's son with a golden heart. Unlucky for Peeta, Katniss may or may not be in love with Gale, her hunting buddy and best friend.
I won't lie, the book is definitely has it's chilling aspects. It has plenty of blood and horrifying instances, but it also has really sweet and tender moments, and love, love, love, love, love. Did I say love? Not the erotic, I want to jump your bones type of love. The chaste type, the gentle type, the kind that makes you want to hit your husband for not being sweet like that. What more could you want in a book?