So on Friday I finally started reading The Hunger Games. I mean I started the first page or something but was bored or something. But when I started on Friday I couldn't put it down. So I ordered the second book in the triology Catching Fire from amazon and found an ebook of it and I read through that on Saturday. The real book will arrive tommorow or Tuesday. I really need to re-read the end because I sort of rushed through it. But I think I got it. I just want to read it again. Anyway after the disappointment that was Looking For Alaska I was sort of wary of a book that everyon recommended to me. I'm just listening to Jabberjays which is a podcast of a fansite for The Hunger Games that I found and they also just said that describing the book to someone is hard since it comes across as weird. But I'll try to give you a not spoiler summary:
So the book is about a girl called Katniss. It's from her POV. The book is set in a future where after a war North America was divided in twelf districts. And there's a 13th that was destroyed by chemical bombs. So the people in these districts are ruled by the capitol. The capitol is the rich district and the other districts produce different products for them such as coal, electronics and fabrics. To remind the inhabitants of the 12 districts that they have no power and that the capitol and President Snow rule their world there are The Hunger Games every year. In each district one female and one male participant is chosen. Your name gets entered once for every year that you get older starting from when you're twelve until you're eighteen. So normally you'd have your name entered once for six years which is a low chance to be drawn in thousands of people. But if you don't have enough food (which happens a lot since most people are really poor in the district - 12 - that Katniss lives in) and sign up for a package with food your names gets entered again. So depending on how poor you are the chance rises that you will be drawn. Then the 24 candiates go to the capitol where they are prepared oh and then they fight to the death until one winner is left and that teenager/kid gets money to last them their whole life and their district is favoured for a year. Oh and it's mandatory for everyone in the districts to watch their kids kill each other in gruesome ways because cameras are recording everything. Fun huh? A way to show power for the capitol of course. It's very ancient Rome which is reflected by how the people in the capitol enjoy the games and how they have names similar to Romans. It's the old concept "panem et circenses". Bread and games. Always works.
So really it's suspense filled and written really well. And it has a badass female main character so you know you want to read it. It does have a love triangle which I don't really like. Sorry my summary was a bit too long haha. But yes I can't say much without spoilering but it keeps you reading because you want to know who will survive and what will happen next. I really hope that there will be a movie even though I might be disappointed but I think the books deserve more attention although I think in America they already have a lot judging from the podcast and fan websites and livejournal communities. So check them out. I can't wait until the final book comes out this month! I'm so happy that I read these.