Based on conversations with friends, I’m sure that I’m not the only one anxiously waiting for the final installment in the Hunger Games. This novel snuck up on me when I first opened it – it’s unassuming and has a plot similar to so many other “end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it” books, but it has a strange twist. It’s engaging and believable in a terrific way.
The Mocking Jay
The third book in the Hunger Games series is scheduled to be released on August 24, 2010. That’s a long time to wait, but looking back, each of the books came out at a regular interval, and I wasn’t disappointed in Catching Fire
, the second Hunger Games novel, so I don’t anticipate being let down with this one either. I will say that the wait for the movie will be far more agonizing than the wait for the book.
The Hunger Games
The story of the Hunger Games starts with a true survivor, Katniss Everdeen. She’s hunted and gathered without permission of the new North American government, but by breaking the rules she has taught herself to survive and kept her family alive. Years into the future, North America is now Panem – twelve districts and the capital city - housing the remaining population following natural disasters and rebellion.
There were once thirteen districts, but the capital of Panem had the thirteenth obliterated for their part in a rebellion. The remaining twelve districts are treated much like internment camps with the people working for the benefit of the capital city. The districts are punished additionally with the Hunger Games. Every year the territory must send two tributes – a boy and a girl – from the city to compete with others in a live, televised survivor competition. The last tribute left alive wins and his or her territory is showered with a bit of extra food for the year.
Katniss the Survivor
Katniss, the main character in the book finds herself a tribute when she rushes to take the place of her young sister who was randomly selected as the District Twelve tribute. Katniss is taken to the capital and put inside the arena to fight to the death along with twenty-three other tributes. Her unique skills, earned through quiet rebellion against the capital’s rules her entire life, save her more than once until she is one of the few remaining tributes inside the arena – battling to the death to stay alive in order to return to her sister and the life she left behind.
Katniss’s story already extends from the first book into the second with traces of rebellion and sabotage growing stronger. The third book promises to be the most explosive in terms of action as well as the longest. It’s slated to be four hundred pages. I’m thrilled – I’d most certainly wager that every one of those pages will be absolutely engaging making the series one of my personal favorites.