Addictive! A must read
I finished this novel last night after reading for less than two days. From the beginning the book is addictive and immediately you get a feel of the scene that Collins is setting. To begin with the conditions in which the protagonist Katniss lives in feels somewhat Victorian, with the mines, state of starvation and the cruelty of their District 12, and yet it's a contradiction, because this is set in a post- apocalyptic earth where North America is now Panem. Katniss is put into the Hunger Games something that resembles the Gladiator Games but seemingly more brutal by playing off teenagers (one as young as 12) to fight to death in an arena that is the wilderness itself. It has tones of a serious novel, and its written well and cleverly, Collins is exceptionally skilled in the way that she keeps readers nerves jingling throughout the novel.