The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
OK, so I'm a little behind the curve on this one. I meant to start this series a couple of years ago, but there were other books in line ahead, and I wanted to wait until they were all in paperback...and then I heard about the movie coming out, so I figured I couldn't wait anymore if I wanted to read the book first.
I thought I'd get the first one from the library. After two months on the waiting list, with more than 30 people still ahead of me, I broke down and bought it. And after finishing it in four days, I went out and bought the second book, Catching Fire. In hardback. Damn you, Suzanne Collins.
Obviously, I liked The Hunger Games. I don't usually care for dystopian sci-fi (too depressing), but this one sucked me right in with well-paced action and characters you care about.
This book may be classified as Young Adult, but I'd put the emphasis on "Adult." The plot revolves around a national lottery that pulls teenagers into Gladiator-style games in a fight to the death. Makes me wonder what the movie rating is going to be - there's a LOT of graphic violence that will be difficult to film without an R rating, which would eliminate a lot of this "Young Adult" book's target audience. But if you water down the violence, you take away a lot of the story's impact. It will be interesting to see how the film manages to walk that line.