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August 31st, 2010 (09:46 am)

20. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I've heard so much about this book that I assumed it was far older than it is (2008). I needed a new audiobook, and several people online had been talking about reading the last book in the series, Mockingjay, so I figured what the hell. I have four spare Audible credits, I'll grab the first one and see how it goes.

It went -- quickly. Ten or eleven hours, devoured, mostly over last weekend as I did housework or knitted or just sat on the sofa curled up in a sunbeam. Amazing stuff.

The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a rich Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss's life by giving her bread when her family was starving.

I am hoping there'll be more worldbuilding in the 2nd two books. I'd like to know how they got there - the detail about this dystopian world are enough to get you through what's going on, but I'm aching for more information. It's fabulous.

With about 20 minutes left in this book I logged into Audible and bought the other two books, and I started on Catching Fire five minutes after I finished The Hunger Games. I listened to almost two hours of it yesterday.

Amazing, amazing stuff. I need to pick up the boxed set of the books for Brit.