This is the first sentence seen in the description of this book on BN.com. Certainly an eye-catching lead in to what has turned into my surprise like for this year so far. Classified as teen fiction, this is one book I probably would not have looked twice at. After all, I am a grown up, and grown ups just do not read teen fiction. Right? Absolutely and positively wrong. I am so glad that I picked up this book and finally read it. My 13-year-old has been after me for quite a while to read this book. “Trust me Mom, you will really like it”. Since we are always the ones that are telling him to try something new, I decided I was going to read it at some point. Well, it wasn’t until I saw the first trailer on TV that I started to take this book and it’s following seriously. My son received the paperback box set for Christmas this year, so I was going to borrow his books. But my husband decided he wanted to read them as well, and he’s isn’t the world’s most speedy reader.
So what did I do? I purchased the trilogy on my Nook Tablet™ and haven’t look back since. I have to say that I really don’t think that this book or movie is appropriate for children under the age of 13. The premise of the story involves a scenario where two children, a boy and a girl,also known as tributes, are chosen from the 12 separate Districts. The children are then transported to an arena where they must fight to be the last man or woman standing. The Hunger Games are part of paying for past rebellions against the Capitol.
Without giving the book and it’s contents away completely, let me just say that I could not put this book down once I started it. During the battle scenes, you find that those who are overlooked end up having the last laugh. You learn that bigger isn’t better. And that enemies can become friends, even for just a short amount of time. Kids that shouldn’t have survived end up being completely resourceful. Mercy will be shown. Tears will be shed. And yes, these children die. Some by their own foolishness, others under the watchful eyes of their fellow tributes.
All in all this book is a terrific read, whether you are a starry-eyed teenager, the Mom who likes romance, or the men that like a good fight. I definitely feel that this book is not appropriate for certain children, and that you, as the parent, decide individually on whether your son or daughter should be reading it. I guess you could say that it depends on their maturity level.
In closing, I think this book was very well written. Some parts were a bit far-fetched, but they were completely believable. All I can say now is this: bring on the movie!
Have you let your children read these books? Will you? And are you planning on seeing the movie?