This is it: the Next Big Thing. <insert fangirl scream here> Are you ready? <drumroll…>
The Hunger Games.
If you don’t know what it is already, you will soon. Take my advice and read the books before you see the shrieking hordes in lines, waiting outside the movie theaters. It will only disillusion you and you’ll hate the series on principle.
And it’s actually a pretty good series. Quick read – especially if you’re used to reading bricks of novels like A Dance With Dragons or A Memory of Light – good characters and an immediate hook within the first 10-15 pages.
It takes place in an alternate reality future where the United States has been destroyed by wars and natural calamities and the only thing left of the country is twelve districts surrounding the Capitol, Panem. Each district is responsible for providing the Capitol with different types of supplies – coal, bread, lumber, seafood etc. – in return for the Capitol’s protection and redistribution of these supplies. It’s an almost 1984-style future where the Capitol allows very few freedoms, if any, to the surrounding districts.
There used to be another district, but after its insurrection and subsequent failure, the Capitol decided upon a “bread and circuses” or panem et circenses form of punishment. Every year, to remind the surviving twelve districts of what happened to the ill-fated District 13, one boy and one girl tribute between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are sent to the Capitol to fight to the death. The winner receives food and supplies for their district for the remaining year, and the people in the districts are reminded just how much control the Capitol really holds over them.
Welcome to the 74th Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.