Book Review: The Hunger Games

Just about everyone on the planet is foaming at the mouth – or is that just me? – to see the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel The Hunger Games, whether they have read the book or not. Those of you who have are lucky; for the rest of you, here is a no-spoiler review of the novel.

The Hunger Games is set in a remote future, where the nation of Panem has risen from the ashes of our United States. The Capitol is located in the Rocky Mountains (probably near where Denver used to be), and the rest of the country has been divided into 12 districts (there used to be 13), each specializing in a particular industry, say, fishing or agriculture. The old District 13 used to specialize in nuclear development, but they rebelled about 75 years ago and were wiped off the map by the Capitol.
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