The Hunger Games


“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins enraptured me for a weekend as I plowed through the trilogy.  Sometimes stepping back into youth fiction is good for the soul.

I will try my best to write a review without giving away the details of the plot.

When a story is good, the prose falls away and only the plot is left.  This is the case for “The Hunger Games”.  The top tier of great literature excels even this expectation.  Great stories are memorable both in the lyricism of the author’s text and the plot itself, a hard act to achieve.  Collins manages the first tier of excellence.  Her story was worth reading.  Entangled in the fight for food are hard philosophical questions about leadership and what it takes to survive.

The story is placed in the future after a war that has depleted the natural resources of the earth and humanity leaving a barren existence everywhere except at the Capitol – a city loathed for its excess and frivolity.  A dictatorship arises from the ashes of the war and reminds the citizens of their futility by forcing them into a caste system of hardship and fighting for survival.  Collins strips down humanity’s basic need for food and sheds light on the extremes of humanity to obtain the most simple nourishment for both our body and soul.

I highly recommend this book.

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