The Hunger Games

It has been a while since a book has managed to seclude me from the rest of the world, and I have to admit, having just turned it’s final page, I feel as if awaken from a dream. This dream  has been my reality for the past few days and now that I have just left it, I long for more.Luckily, this was just the beginning of the journey and 2 more tomes await to be devoured.

Through original and engaging storytelling, Suzanne Collins’ vision of the future reminds us of what dark deeds we are all capable of (even at a fragile age) when the proper stimuli are applied. The Hunger Games is focussed on a not too distant future world where “The Capitol” is watching over a set of 12 districts (formerly US of A). These districts each have different skills, some are fantastic farmers or hunters or bakers and so on. The hunger games is a broadcast show which all 12 districts must watch and partake each year. Two “Tributes” ( male and female between the ages of 12 to 18) from each district are chosen to fight in the hunger games – and it’s a fight to the death. The winner? Whoever outlives the other  23 contestants. However, what seems quite a relevant twist is that the contestants are children of varying ages and degrees of strength or survival skills.

If you have an uncanny adversity towards books,  in about 2 months time, the movie depiction of this terrifying  dystopia will hit the big screen:

 

I will be the first to admit it: recommending this movie  without having even seen it is quite a gamble – especially since I am myself afraid they may by unable to recreate the fast paced, thrilling and dark atmosphere that governs Panem and it’s gory games. I can only hope however that the adaptation for the screen and the interesting cast  (including as supporting roles Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz ) will pull this off and come as close to the book as possible.

One thing is for sure, though – by the time the movie ‘s out, no page of this exciting trilogy will remain unturned as far as I am concerned.

 

 

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