If there’s one word that could describe this trilogy by Suzanne Collins: VIRAL.
The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and thirteen surrounding, poorer districts, one of which has been destroyed. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia. Every year, each district should reap two tributes– one male and female from ages twelve through eighteen– to compete for the annual Hunger Games. Whoever wins the game becomes rich and his/her district will receive food rations.
I discovered this book when I first heard of the rumors about its movie adaptation. Having hit Google and read its plot, I immediately got interested and planned to buy the whole series. Although again, I didn’t have the chance. Haha. Nevertheless, after the trailer’s been released, I found a way to read them… through pdf!
Check out the trailer. It is really good. I’m already excited to see the movie.
As for the “viral” description, here’s what I mean. See, when a virus enters your system, it spreads quickly because it overpowers your DNA’s nucleus and not unless you take in a strong dose of medicine will you able to kill it off. I honestly admit that I always talk about this with people and even if after I’ve finished the books, I can’t stop reliving the moments.
The Hunger Games
The start of Katniss’ adventure, love story and dangerous journey to rebellion.
Another year and it’s the 75th Hunger Games, meaning it’s the Quarter Quell. Every 25 years, there’s a special change in the selection of tribute and for this year, the victors are the only ones qualified to join the Games.
This, I’m about to read since I’ve just finished on Catching Fire. I’m a hundred percent sure that this last installment is about the Uprising. And I hope this time, I’d get a happy ending.
Might as well get to know the characters too!
Katniss Everdeen – “The girl who was on fire.” She has olive skin, gray eyes and straight black hair that she always wear on a braid. Katniss was able to join the 74th Hunger Games because she volunteered in place of her sister, Prim (who Katniss refers to as someone she’s certain she loves)
Peeta Mellark– Often referred to as “the boy with the bread” by Katniss. He has blonde hair, blue eyes and stocky build because of years of working in his family’s bakery. He can easily convince people and play effectively in front of the camera. Because of his “undying love for Katniss” scheme, both of them were able to survive and win out the sympathy of the crowd. Only, it wasn’t just an act for Peeta. He’s in love with Katniss for eleven years ever since they were five.
Gale Hawthorne– Katniss’ bestfriend for four years. He can pass on as Katniss’ brother because they both have the same color of hair, skin and eyes. They started as friends when they met each other in the woods while hunting food for their family. Even if he’s not always present in the first two books, Katniss thinks of him as someone more than just a bestfriend.
Primrose Everdeen– Katniss’ sister whose hands are compatible with healing people and animals. Unlike her sister, she can’t hunt but always able to help others in her own way.
Cinna, Portia and the prep team– They were the ones who are in charge of beautifying Katniss and Peeta for their interviews. Cinna is very dear to Katniss.
President Snow– The evil Capitol president who plays the biggest troublemaker part for Katniss and her family.
Effie Trinket– a Capitol officiate who picks the names of the tributes during the reaping. Although a little annoying, she’s a nice character and even liked by both Peeta and Katniss.
Haymitch Abernathy– Second Quarter Quell victor and District 12’s mentor who lines up sponsors for them and even guides them in real life.
Since we’re talking about “virus”, I’m gonna list down some viral facts that can persuade you to read the books too!
- Viral fact #1: I only read the two books for twelve hours each. Not straight though because I still have to go somewhere else and eat lunch but for a novel, it is a record.
- Viral fact #2: My friend, Jueann noticed my enthusiasm and borrowed my copy. Guess what happened, she’s got the virus too! We call the series “our kaadikan”.
- Viral fact #3: Once you’ve finished the book, you can’t take it out of your mind. I mean, for a long time, I’ve actually read something that’s not just brutally adventurous, bold and adoringly romantic but also a series that can stand to the title: “The next best thing since Harry Potter”.
- Viral fact #4: Although at times exaggerated (but not as much as Twilight’s romance), I can’t help getting beet red when they’re playing their “star-crossed lover” thing. It’s even crazy how Peeta seems to be revealing about his feelings for Katniss while she thinks it’s just an act (on the first book only, it was clear to her that Peeta really loves her in the 2nd book). Maybe I’m affected with Katniss’ confusion over her feelings because I can’t also determines who she really likes.
As for the movie set to be released on March 23, 2012, it is a relief to know that they made the stars’ look almost exactly the same as the characters’ physical appearance in the book.
Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) as Gale Hawthorne
Josh Hutcherson (Vampire’s Assistant) as Peeta Mellark
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men) as Katniss Everdeen
Meanwhile, here are some photos of the cast for Vanity Fair.
Some of the tributes!
I do hope that they’d give the book a justice. But having seen the trailer, they’re one step away from making it to success. Nice job, Lionsgate!
Be sure to grab your copies from your nearest bookstores if you haven’t read the books yet. For now, I need to read the last book first. Haha. So hooked!
Until then, may the odds be ever in your favor!