I have to admit, I have seen this book maybe a million times but NEVER looked into reading it. It was not until I saw the movie trailer did I consider reading it. My son was reading it as well.
The story revolves around a tyrannical government that forces teens (12-18) to fight to the death in the "Hunger Games" all the while, they are being recorded via hidden cameras. It is a survivor meets real world meets bear grills meets blood sport. Although the book kept me engaged the story was a bit predictable. Not to say it was not good but you were able to see things coming a chapter before.
Its funny how the the Left and the Right are claiming that this book represents the tyrannical "other" side. I think it shows that either way tyranny is tyranny and we as a people need to rise above it all. In addition to that, I believe it shows kids that they need to prepare for the future, albeit not with killing others etc but still prepare themselves for a difficult future.
I look forward to watching the movie and will review the movie compared to the book once I watch it.
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)