Post the Thirteenth - The Impossibility of District 12

"One book down - one bazillion to go!"

This is going to be a short post today. I've decided to finally pretend I'm in school and get some work done. However, I absolutely had to post about the book I've just finished reading: Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games.

I picked this book up because everyone in my program has been talking about it. Also, all of my favourite vloggers on YouTube often talk about how great the series is, so I really had to get in the loop. This book is the first in the Hunger Games trilogy; the others are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

I was reluctant to start reading this book because I really had no idea what it was about. Essentially, I've learned, the story is about a post-apocalyptic type dystopian community that grew out of a demolished North America. There are 12 Districts, and every year the Capitol holds the Hunger Games, where two young people, a male and a female, from each district compete.

These games are not your average tournament: it's a literal fight to the death. In remembrance of an uprising in the past, which resulted in the thirteenth district being obliterated, the Capitol pits youth against each other and the last person alive wins. In the districts with more money and where competing is an honour, people volunteer to be the representative from their community. In District 12, where they are starving, the names are chosen, and the competitors rarely make it out alive. Naturally, the story follows the lives of Katniss and Peeta, the two representatives from District 12, and their attempt to survive the impossible.

This book is seriously good. The story is well established at the beginning. It's well written; clearly a young adult novel but definitely some great prose. It's not too gory, but also keeps you on the edge of the page, wanting to read faster so you know what happens.

I now have to put off reading the next two so I can get some school work done, but I will devour these books (get it? Hunger Games? Devour? ha!) as soon as I get a chance.

My thought for today? Read more books. It's good for you.



Unknown said…
I read that series this September and I loved it. I have a tendency to shed a tear or two while reading good books and I had to reach for the tissue box a good few times throughout the series.
I've also heard about it. I'll have to read it, considering my scholastic interest in the subjects of food, hunger, and eating.
I didn't understand this whole sentence: "the story is about a post-apocalyptic type dystopian community that grew out of a demolished North America."

So...maybe I shouldn't read this book?

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