This week Pat has picked the notable series, currently in production for a film release in 2012, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. The book is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America now known as the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
This riveting trilogy will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. We’ve also got a few side picks from our non-fiction section. (Clockwise from left, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?: A Rock n’ Roll Memoir” by Steven Tyler, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David McCullough, “Kid Carolina: R. J. Reynolds Jr., a Tobacco Fortune, and the Mysterious Death of a Southern Icon” by Heidi Schnakenberg, and “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard.