This month's book club book was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. As is often the case, I did not have much idea what to expect because I had not read the summary of the book since we voted on it last summer! It turns out, this is actually the first book in a young adult science-fiction trilogy. We only read book one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I checked out book two and have placed a request for book three at our local library. (Warning - there are some minor spoilers in my book review below!)
The thing I did not like about this book is how easy it is to see many aspects of our own world reflected in the country of Panem. I rarely ever watch TV, however I know that reality TV shows are becoming more and more popular and contests to see who is the best/strongest/most talented/most beautiful are watched by millions. One question that came up at the book club meeting was whether or not we thought something like The Hunger Games could happen in real life. The answer is . . . yes, it already has - during the time of the gladiator games. We would like to think that this kind of barbarity would not happen in our society, but this book certainly left us thinking about what could happen when government gets too powerful and death becomes entertainment.
I highly recommend this book. While the story line is brutal, it will leave you thinking about the future. The book is well written and a definite page turner, especially because of the life-or-death aspect of the Games. The book's ending left me wondering what happened next, so I'm off now to start on the second book, Catching Fire.