January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Suzanne Collins...
I read the first novel of her trilogy, The Hunger Games, over the summer, and was mesmerized. I'm not huge into futuristics, but this book worked for me because the world she created felt so real, and her characters even more genuine. Her sixteen-year old protagonist, Katniss, is everything a heroine should be--tough, vulnerable, determined, desperate, gifted and flawed. Plus, the whole set up of kids being forced to fight to the death for the amusement of a bored nation--to look at TV offerings these days, we're halfway there.
The Lovereading view...
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of the near future, The Hunger Games is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America. The cruel Capitol keeps order in its twelve outlying districts by forcing them each to send one boy and girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a terrifying reality TV show broadcasting a live fight to the death. Without really meaning to, 16 year old Katniss becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever.
The Hunger Games came into the author's psyche whilst she flicked between television channels broadcasting real war coverage and reality television programmes. It is the first in a trilogy.
The Hunger Games Trilogy:
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever.
‘My latest excitement … The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. I've been recommending it to total strangers in Target. And now to everyone who reads my website. The Hunger Games is amazing.” STEPHANIE MEYER
“I couldn’t stop reading... Addictive” Stephen King
“Rip-roaring, bare-knuckle adventure of the best kind... absorbing and morally challenging” The Times
“Brilliantly imagined” Daily Telegraph
“Terrifying, exhilarating and unexpectedly thought-provoking” Sunday Telegraph
“Gripping and at times terrifying” Independent on Sunday
“The stunning action sequences and the cleverness of concept and execution give this a haunting philosophical complexity and make it my book of the year” The Times
“A fine entry into the canon of post-apocalyptic brutality fiction, strongly but not overwhelmingly satirical” Financial Times
“Outstanding... Challenging as it is compelling” The Lady
Publication date: 05/01/2009
|Publication date:||5th January 2009|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She has worked on several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writer's Guild of America nomination for co-writing the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! and most recently she was the head writer for Clifford’s Puppy Days. Suzanne made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times–bestselling Underland ...More About Suzanne Collins