Just finished this book last yesterday — it was another book that I willingly substituted for sleep.

It’s a book set hundreds of years in the future, where, to ward against rebellion, the rulers of what used to be America set up a cruel reminder that they are in charge. The rulers have a lottery to select 2 tributes, a boy and a girl 12-18, from each district, and force them to fight to the death in the wilderness. This “competition” is called “The Hunger Games”, and every district is forced to celebrate it, the very murder of their children.

Honestly, it’s rather horrible. The parallel to the Roman gladiators is obvious, but the fact that it’s in the future is frightening. Is our culture, with its obsession with competition and sports, vulnerable to the same acceptance of just…monstrosities…for the sake of entertainment?

Anyway, this book is a must-read. It’s a YA novel, so not very difficult to read, but impossible to put down. :)