Any time a book is referred to you by a collection of 5th grade boys, 6th grade girls, 10th grade boys, 20-somethings, high school teachers planning to add it to the syllabus, and even a handful of celebrities like Naya Rivera, you can't ignore the fact that you clearly must read it.
That is exactly what has happened with The Hunger Games.
Add to the fact that a film adaptation is in the works, and I simply had to bump it to the top of my ever-growing pile before Hollywood spoils it with too much hype.
Described to me as a Twilight meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo kind of read, The Hunger Games is the first in a 3-part series of books about some kind of post-apocalyptic world and the dangerous adventures and cruel politics of that time.
Here is the publisher's description:
"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlaying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has also resolved to outwit the creators of the games. To do that she will have to be the last person standing at the end of the deadly ordeal, and that will take every ounce of strength and cunning she has."
I'm already a few chapters in and find it very tough to put down. But, the sun is shining today, so my back deck and lounge chair are calling my name. I'm sure to finish this one much more quickly than The Lost Girls.