It's frightening to think about a book like The Hunger Games now that we are in year 2010 and officially in the future. Normally when you read a book about a post-apocalyptic world in which an evil government forces children to fight other children to the death in order to show how much power they have, you can reassure yourself with the following: "Nothing to worry about! That kind of thing only happens in the future." Well guess what? The future is now and, if Suzanne Collins has it right, it's brutal.
Well, maybe this future isn't here quite yet, but it's certainly something to think about. Anyways, bleak children killing children future aside, The Hunger Games is quite captivating. I received this book as a Christmas gift and finished it within just a few days. It's an easy read, clearly meant for the teen reader, but great for any adult who wants to engross themselves in a world that is just far fetched enough to be exotic, without being ridiculous.
With that said, however, don't let my flippant attitude give you the wrong impression about this book. It is brutal, with 20 plus children dying at the hands of other kids, and it deals with disturbing themes such as our cultures obsession over violence as entertainment, and the dangers of an oppressive government. I recommend this book to anyone.