The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

May the odds be ever in your favour!

God I love a good dystopia!  I knew this when I started to wolf down every Orwell and Atwood that I could get my hands on, but I only recently put two and two together in finally recognizing that the non-fictional polygamy narratives that I prefer are just real-life versions of the genre I most crave.

“Just” real life? I can hear Katniss Everdeen, protagonist from The Hunger Games, seethe at this statement. She has to guard her true feelings from the powers-that-be at the Capitol, the crowds that watch her fight for her life, and even her family, because she knows the cameras are always watching. But Suzanne Collins does a great job with the third-person limited narrative form to ensure that we, as readers, know that her character plays the “Game” but refuses to have fun while doing so.

Collins knows her way around a dystopia. The silent dissent. The secret listening devices. The hunger of the masses and the decadent gorging of the privileged few. I’m hoping that Book Two, Catching Fire, will feature some sort of revolution, but you can’t be sure who will be part of it ‘til the end of Book One and the inevitable body count that comes after a weeks-long to the death showdown between a Noah’s Ark-selection of two delegates from each of the nation’s twelve Districts.

I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is entirely worth reading from cover to cover. What I will say is that I’m totally looking forward to the movie because I think they’ve done an outstanding job with casting. Although I don’t agree with the terrible wig, I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Woody Harrelson playing the no-B.S. drunk mentor, Haymitch, and although my inner “smizer” was crossing my fingers for America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Manuel to play master stylist Cinna, I trust Lenny Kravitz with his guyliner.

I won’t tell you anymore except that this series is the best holiday gift – to give, but even more to get. I know that I’ll be spending my first night of Chanukah cracking into Book Two!

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