If you are reading this review, chances are that you're wondering if the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to the hype. Yes
. A thousand times yes
. All you need to do is read the first few pages The Hunger Games
to verify this. You'll be pulled in and under. You'll set aside anything else you've been reading. You'll shirk your duties at work. You'll start reading under the table at dinnertime. I quickly learned that the only way I could make myself close the covers would be to break off in the middle of a chapter. If I waited until the end, the unbelievable cliffhanger with which Collins closes every single chapter
would catch me and pull me back into the book. The only way to read these books is compulsively.
Katniss Everdeen is already a quiet kind of outlaw when she is chosen by lottery to represent her district in the Hunger Games. Every day...
Beyond the Book
The Hunger Games trilogy is a little like Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
, and a little like every reality television show ever invented. It's set in the future but has an antique pedigree. Suzanne Collins has said that Katniss Everdeen's story is essentially a "gladiator story" and that it originates in two tales from Ancient Greece and Rome.
Theseus and the Minotaur
The Hunger Games
, the first book in the trilogy, stems from the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. King Minos of
Crete had defeated the Athenians in war, and to solidify his authority over them,
demanded a tribute of seven Athenian boys and seven...