The Hunger Games is a wonderful, dystopian tale of a young girls terrifying adventure as a tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death in which only 1 of 24 victors can survive. Competing with and against her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark and under the mentorship of former victor Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss's journey is always addictive and will leave you thinking about it for a long time afterwards.
Amazon. I was looking for more up to date recommendations, with the listmania section not seeming very lively at all, when I came across Goodreads.com. I would now call it a second home! There were many "best book" list in the listopia section of the site (actually, only one "best book" list is allowed, so they vary, such as best fantasy book, best book characters etc.) but the same few series would appear again and again at the top, voted for by Goodreads users. Sometimes, this would be the Harry Potter series. With its final 2 movie adaptations of its 7th book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the way, this was hardly surprising! The Harry Potter series is a literature and movie phenomenon. A whole generation of people did and still do hold those wonderful J.K Rowling books close to their hearts. If it wasn't Harry Potter, it was of course the Twilight saga all the way at the top. Interestingly, the books also found themselves topping "worst book" lists, but I will not pass judgement on a book series I have yet to delve into. However good or bad the Twilight series may or may not be, there is no denying the passionate response it has received from its fanbase, so Stephanie Meyer has certainly done something right! Again, however, this is a book series that at the time had as least 3 movie adaptations under its belt, with great anticipation for its final 2 movie parts for the final book in the saga, Breaking Dawn.
There was, however, another series that was packing a punch to the top of the lists. It was, of course, the Hunger Games. But wait - this was in February/ March 2011, a whole year or more before the recent Gary Ross directed hit movie adaptation. Why, I wondered, was there such hype and excitement for this Suzanne Collins penned trilogy?
Upon reading the blurb of the book, I already began to realise that this trilogy, despite many a cry of "Its the new Harry Potter/ Twilight!", was something new, original and different in comparison. At the time, in early 2011 in particular, you must understand that Waterstones Young Adult shelves were filled with vampire/ paranormal romance series, a trend started by the success of Twilight, and it had become a great deal harder to find something alternative to read. To find a story such as the Hunger Games was unbelievably exciting, and I did snap it up as soon as possible, giving in to a hype that was, I am now aware, only just beginning. Little did I know that a film was in production. A new phenomenon was born.
First published in September 2008 by Scholastic, The Hunger Games is an American novel following the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic North America, now known as the country of Panem. The nation of Panem is separated into 12 districts surrounding the Capitol, a metropolis which holds power over the nation.
It was early last year that my book addiction was just beginning. I had already purchased several books based on recommendations in the listmania section of