I have started this book several times. I want to read it because it is such a groundbreaking work of science fiction, but a desert planet is too muchI have started this book several times. I want to read it because it is such a groundbreaking work of science fiction, but a desert planet is too much like my idea of hell, and the imperial occupation Arrakis is too much like a reflection of Iraq to my mind, that I have to keep putting the book down. ...more
The story is a synthesis of the ancient Greek myth "Theseus and the Minotaur" and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" into a futuristic, dystopian, reality telThe story is a synthesis of the ancient Greek myth "Theseus and the Minotaur" and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" into a futuristic, dystopian, reality television with a heady dose of girl power. Fast paced, unsettling, and creepily spellbinding, The Hunger Games drops the reader into a world where:
The United States and Canada have been destroyed, and what remains of North America is a totalitarian state known as Panem, consisting of a Capitol city surrounded by 12 districts that supply the Capitol. Because the districts rebelled against the Capitol, every year each must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death on live TV in an event known as the Hunger Games for the entertainment of the entire nation . . . with the possible exception of the families of the 24 children who are slaughtering each other.
This may sound like science fiction. But allowing reality show contestants to kill each for the amusement of television viewers doesn't require a very big stretch of the imagination from what I saw the last time I turned on the TV. If they were granted impunity, they would probably happily do so now.
The story begins on the selection day of the the 74th Annual Hunger Games when Katniss Everdeen, the rash, hot tempered, fiercely independent, sixteen year-old poacher -- whom I can't help picturing as a softer Kat Von D from "LA Ink" -- volunteers to take her twelve year-old sister Primrose's place as the female tribute from District 12. What follows is the story of her entry into the games. ...more