Lisa Says… Read This Book by Suzanne Collins

By Lisa Hamilton

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

I had the opportunity to take a book and a chair down to the beach a few weeks ago, and I could not believe how many people were reading one of The Hunger Games series. Having not read them at that point, I felt I needed to see what they were all about. The first book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a young adult novel about a post apocalyptic world, in the country of Panem where North America previously existed. The Capitol exerts power over the 12 remaining districts where annual Hunger Games are nationally televised. The Hunger Games were invented to prevent districts from trying to overthrow the Capitol. Each year one boy and one girl, aged 12 to 18, are chosen from a lottery to be placed in a battle until only one person survives. Katniss Evergreen, the book’s protagonist and heroine is resourceful and tough, but kind and compassionate. She is also an expert with a bow and arrow, which she learned to use in order to feed her family. Katniss and the baker’s son, Peeta, are selected as the tributes to represent their district and fight in the annual Hunger Games.

It is now easy to see why these books are so popular. They tell a good story that immerses you into a futuristic world that is quite believable and addictive. The books are nicely paced and well plotted, and they strike familiar chords within us (love, ambition, poverty, anguish). At times, the books can be violent, but they are adventurous and exciting as well.

I do recommend The Hunger Games, and see the movie, too. They did a pretty good job keeping it like the book. Of course I am not sure you would get the movie at all if you hadn’t first read the second and third books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. All make for fun summer reading!

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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