October 1

The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games is the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy.  It is a futuristic dystopia.  That’s literary speak for a future imaginary world that’s all out of whack.  What makes a futuristic dystopia readable?  Perhaps if it seems like it could be true, and the Hunger Games has all the elements that make it believable…fully developed characters and a culture and society that has similarities to our own.  The United States is now the State of Panem which was originally composed of 13 districts.  75 years before the beginning of the current story, the districts rose up and rebeled against the Capitol.  District 13 was destroyed and the remaining districts, to punish and remind them of the cost of their rebellion, are now required to send two children every year to the Capitol to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death, with only one victor.  Reality TV on steroids.  I was transported to a world that was strange but also familiar…everything I love about a good book.

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