Released in cinemas nationwide today, Sarah Davison, Children's Buyer here at Blackwells Charing Cross Road, gives us a review of the books that lead Gary Ross to direct what is anticipated to be a hugely successful movie, The Hunger Games.
|The Hunger Games Trilogy|
With the film already on general release this week, you may have caught some of the hype surrounding The Hunger Games by now. The books are dark, fast paced and have huge appeal and not a trace of paranormal romance about them, explaining why they have managed to generate a legion of fans young and old to rival Twilight audiences. This dystopian sci-fi teen thriller trilogy does what all good dystopian fiction should do, it holds a mirror up to reality, reflecting a sinister future North America in which an authoritarian government controls their people through poverty, fear, materialism and reality TV.
Katniss Everdeen is the central character we follow, living in Panem, what was once North America, she and her family are from one the poorest districts of this futuristic world. Forced to hunt illegally for family’s survival, Katniss is established from the outset as a survivor, willing to risk herself for her family. When her younger sister is called upon to take part in the yearly Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers without hesitation to fight to the death with the tributes from other districts.
As the books continue, Suzanne Collins develops the world of Panem along with its government and inhabitants. It’s a vivid and often violent book that contains disturbing images, so it’s probably not suitable for younger teenagers, but for older teenagers and adults it’s an enjoyable and engaging series that opens up questions about rebellion, personal freedom and self-sacrifice.
Be sure to head on in to the store down here on Charing Cross Road to pick up all three books now. Being part of our extensive 3 4 2 offer, whether you have seen the film or not, you would be mad not to take these home with you.