I’ve heard the buzz about The Hunger Games for quite some time, but I just ignored it.  When my mom told me she had read the book and couldn’t put it down, I knew the time had come to read it!

Wow!

Just wow!

I realize I may be the last person in the United States who has read this book, but I just loved it.  What a great start to my reading list for 2014.  I simply couldn’t put it down.

As a high school student, I loved Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”  The Hunger Games to me was like “The Lottery” for modern times complete with reality tv and more sci-fi elements.

If you’re like I was and haven’t read the book yet, I encourage you to get it the next time you go to the library.

The story is set in a distant future when the United States is divided into 12 districts.  District 12, which is the district Katniss, the main character in the book, comes from, is the poorest region and is located in what was Appalachia.  Katniss has lost her father to a coal mine explosion, and she’s been hunting and providing for her mother and younger sister since that time.

The story opens the day of the reaping.  Much like Jackson’s story, “The Lottery”, during the reaping, one boy and one girl are chosen from all the eligible 12 to 18 year olds in the district.  They are called “tributes”, and each district is responsible for offering two tributes who will play the Hunger Games.

If you’ve not read the book, I don’t want to give it away, but really, you’ll want to get this book to read.  You’ll be unable to put it down.

I finished on a Monday after reading it for two days in the evening, and on Tuesday night, my husband and I sat down to watch the movie.  Surprisingly, the movie was mostly true to the book, which means it, too, was great.

Have you read or seen The Hunger Games?  What were your opinions about it?

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