I had not heard of the Hunger Games until a few weeks ago when I was doing the calendar of events for the library. I asked my sister about it and she proceeded to tell me the Hunger Games was actually part of a trilogy. Normally I don’t really like to read series of books. However, I have already started the second one and I have certainly changed my mind about series. Collins style of writing is descriptive yet easy to follow and understand. The book takes place in Panem, the ruins of what was once known as North America. Though it was once known as North America, Panem is very unlike the present-day North America we know. Divided into twelve districts, each one concentrates on a particular skill, such as mining or agriculture. The ruler district, the Capitol, rules over these twelve districts.
Probably my most favorite part of the first book is the contrast Collins creates between the Capitol and the twelve districts. The Capitol is this inhumane ruler of all the other districts. Using their unique skills, the twelve districts work while the residents of the Capitol have a stress-free life of luxury. To show who is in control, the Capitol organizes the annual Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in an arena that is a hostile environment. Before the games, a process called The Reaping picks two children, a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district other than the Capitol, who will compete in the games. The fear of the Capitol the district residents feel as a result of the Games keep a rebellion from emerging. The people and the country are described so eloquently it is no surprise that the books are being made into a movie. So far, the second book Catching Fire is just as well written and enjoyable to read as the first.