April 20, 2012

Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult Novel

The Appalachian Mountains have been home to a free spirited people; a people defying the societies that have attempted to govern them.  The trappers, the pioneers, the bootleggers, the rebels, hillbillies, mountain men, and bluegrass have all called her home.  It is only appropriate that the under estimated heroine of this popular novel lives her young life as a huntress hidden among the green slopes of the dense Blue Ridge Mountains.

At some point in the future and after several unspecified world disasters, twelve districts are ruled by  the Capitol at District One set in the Rocky Mountains.  As an annual authoritative reminder a game is conducted.  The districts each unwillingly provide tribute of one girl and one boy between the age of 12 and 18 to the Capital as a participant in the ‘Hunger Games.’  The children are released into a climate controlled arena.  A winner is declared when only one still lives.  This is the story of one particular game.

Short, fast, simple, entertaining.  The book reads quick.  A collection of many different themes, the story could be symbolic of an array of ideas, eras, governments, or even an opinion of what is yet to be.