Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:33 PM
It's a fantasy series. It's set in what is essentially a post apocalyptic US after a rebellion of the people and subsequent smack down by the gov't. The country gets broken into 13 different "states" called districts and each is very isolated from the others (by design). To keep the people from rebelling again, the gov't kind of stakes each district against each other economically and keeps the people very dependent on the gov't for their basic needs.
Additionally, to show their power over the people, each year, the gov't hosts what is called "The Hunger Games" where a boy and a girl from each district is chosen to compete to the death with kids from each of the other districts in kind of a gladiator meets survivor type Olympic "arena". And all of the citizens are required to watch.
The author has done quite a bit of research with regards to the effects of war on children, families and society and this book explores many different aspects in ways that are pretty thought provoking for more advanced kids and adults, but it can also make basic points for the less mature reader. I found it to be a great book for starting some discussions about things that are happening in our world today.
Both of the girls were required to read the books in school over the last couple of years. That's why I picked them up. (My stepdaughters are in 6th and 8th grades now--I believe the books were required reading for most of the 6th graders.)
I didn't think I would like the series AT ALL. I'm not into fantasy. Or so I thought. I just like to read what the kids are reading so I can help them with homework if they need it and have a handle on what they're being taught.
I started reading them Christmas morning and finished all 3 in two days. Couldn't put them down.
To help you gauge things: I tend to like to read espionage, murder/mystery/detective type stuff or Jody Piccoult type things. I don't like flowery language. I like science thrillers too. Or non fiction like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Harry Potter is not exactly on my list of faves, but I could appreciate it. This is not a Harry Potter fantasy type book. Much more serious themes IMHO. And less magic. Though there is some.
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