I have certain books. When I’m down or in need of something to hold onto, I look no further than my poor stuffed to the brim bookshelf. There are a few books that I know will never let me down. Harry Potter is always a good choice when looking for adventure. City of Bones is an excellent choice if you need a good laugh. If you need to cry, look no further than My Sister’s Keeper. (The book was much better than the movie)
But today, I wanted something inspiring. So I ran my finger along the spines of my books until I came across The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
If you haven’t read this already – you need to pick this up. It’s a beautifully woven tale about Katniss and her struggle to survive in a distant future. Panem is divided up into 12 districts which surround the Capitol. Katniss is from District 12 – the poorest of the districts. And once a year, each district is forced to give up one girl and one boy to between the ages of 12-18 years old to be entered into the Hunger Games.
What are the Hunger Games, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It is a televised event where the kids battle to the death and only one kid can survive. That lone survivor is sent home to live a life of luxury and is celebrated as a hero.
Yes – it’s dark and twisted. No one wants to hear about kids dying. But Suzanne Collins takes delicate flawed characters, throws them into an impossible situation and creates a story that stays with you long after you finish the book.
So if you need to find me tonight – You know where I’ll be. I’ll be nose deep in a book that absolutely takes my breath away. 🙂