I started and finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last night. It counts for the YA challenge. The country Collins writes of is pretty awful. What used to be North America (maybe more, we're never exactly sure) is now called Panem. It is a pretty rough dictatorship where, to keep the 12 Districts in line, 2 teenagers are chosen to participate in a fight to the death, like in The Running Man or The Long Walk. Everyone has to watch, and cheer, and presume this game is wonderful. It's incredibly barbaric; the teens, after being selected, are primped, styled, and trotted out before the cameras in hopes of gaining sponsors who will send them needed items like food or medicine.
We follow Katniss, a girl from District 12, who actually volunteers for this so as to take her 12 yr old sister's place. Katniss is a hunter, forager and all around cool kid. Peeta is the boy chosen, son of the town baker and, because this is YA lit, he's got a massive crush on Katniss. Which comes out in the story as their handlers decide to play up the "love story" angle. Can Katniss return his feelings? Can either of them survive the arena?
I liked this one, even if parts felt like I've read them before. Several of the Amazon reviews reference The Running Man but i really felt like it had more in common with The Long Walk. Both involve young people, forced into awful situations against their will, with a bit of madness coming out in places. Several scenes from The Long Walk still stick with me, while i can't remember anything about The Running Man except that the ending is way different from the movie. Overall, The Hunger Games gets a 6. Part 2 comes out in September.
BTW, Becky reviewed it much better than i!
So tomorrow i start my new work shift which is going to really, really suck. I'm going to be stuck at work from 3:30 pm to midnight. Ugh. Ugh. I can only hope that 1) it gets super slow after 9 pm, 2) i get some awesome scores and my ranking goes up and 3) the powers that be really screwed up on how late they need the cancel department open and we do another shift bid in a few months. i am definitely going to TSU this week to see about applying for that program.