Series: THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
Plot Type: Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Futuristic Science Fiction (with some romance)
Ratings: V5; S2; H3
Publisher and Titles: Scholastic Press
The Hunger Games (2008)
Catching Fire (2009)
The series is written from the first person point of view of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her widowed mother and her sister, Primrose (“Prim”), in the country of Panem, which is located in the geographic area where the United States once existed. Panem, led by the cruel and dictatorial President Snow, is under the absolute control of the Capitol, a highly advanced and futuristic metropolis located near the Rocky Mountains. Seventy-four years ago, the 13 districts of Panem rebelled against the Capital, but were quickly defeated, with District 13 being totally eradicated. In order to remind the citizens of the districts of their defeat, the Capital holds an annual contest called The Hunger Games in which one teen-aged boy and girl from each of the 12 districts are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in a fight to the death. The Games are televised by the government-controlled network, and all citizens are required to watch. The combatants are called tributes and are considered to be the sacrifices the districts must regularly make as punishment for their roles in the long-ago rebellion.
Collins is a terrific story teller. She presents us with a perfectly paced story, impeccable world building, and fully developed characters. In a review for The New York Times, John Green wrote that the novel was “brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced,” and that “the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins's convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine.” The pulse-pounding action scenes in the Arena during the Games were so addictive that I couldn’t stop reading. I highly recommend this series to both adults and older teens. The movie comes out on March 23rd, so you have plenty of time to read the first book by then.
BOOK 2: Catching Fire
BOOK 3: Mockingjay