Here’s a way back when read! I read this book for the first time probably 10 years ago and immediately had to binge read the entire series. I am choosing this as my Teen Book Thursday not only for nostalgia, but if you haven’t heard the news…
There is a prequel of sorts coming out in 2020 in this same crazy Hunger Games world! AHHHHH!!!!
The exciting prequel apparently takes place 64 years prior to when the original trilogy took place! I can feel the want deep down in my bones! I am of course on the side of,”Woohoo, more Hunger Games!” and not the side of “She’s trying to exploit her previous successes even more.” I am definitely part of the hype!
Name: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Type: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: Book #1 in the Hunger Games Trilogy
Published: September 14, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
What used to be North America is now a Nation called Panem. It contains a bright and shiny Capitol, surrounded by twelve outer districts. The Capitol is very cruel and unusual in their “justice”. In order to keep the other twelve districts in line, they force one randomly selected boy and girl from each district, between the ages of twelve and eighteen years old, to compete in the yearly Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a live fight to the death aired on TV between these twenty-four randomly selected kids. Would you have what it takes to survive?
This was the book that really kicked off my love of reading in the first place. I have read it and reread it multiple times, I’ve watched the movies, and love this universe.
I’m not sure if it’s the previous nostalgia that keeps this book firmly at a 5 star rating for me, or if it’s the quality. I know for sure that for the time it was published it was revolutionary in a sense. It made me love Dystopian Science Fiction books and it kicked off my search for these wondrous worlds.
If you haven’t read this series, do yourself a favor and read it. It was something that definitely developed my love of reading early on in my twenties and I’m sure I will hold this series dear forever due to that.
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
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