The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games- 5/5
Catching Fire- 5/5
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
First of all, this is merely a book review, more likely a recount of how it all started for me. I enjoyed reading since high school but I was broke(all the time) I couldn’t afford books so I can only read 2-3 per year and that is only if there’s someone to lend me one. And from where I live, there is no public library in the next few miles. So, a day came that I no longer read AT ALL. Not even with the Harry Potter madness or Twilight (which I read later on and loved it..yeah, I know, don’t judge me. I’m hopeless..lol ) Fast forward to college, year 2012… A friend suggested that I read The Hunger Games and shared her copy on my PHONE. I didn’t even know about electronic books!!! I know, that’s hilarious! The story sounds interesting and everyone appeared to be reading it. So I did too. And, guess what? I loved it!!!! It turned my life around. I was hounding books left and right, one after the other since then.
So, needless to say, my fascination with books all started with The Hunger Games. I loved it so dearly, I am not even sorry that this review is extremely biased. As my first book after A WHILE, you can only imagine how thrilled and fascinated I was. This action-packed trilogy was very compelling that I had to binge read it. I basked in the new world that was presented to me- the Capitol, the parade of tributes, the costumes and dresses(omg! the dresses!), the tributes’ training, the hunger games. The first book was focused on characters and world build up- the government, corruption, friendship, family. And only a little love story, which is good, because it gave more room for action and suspense. Everything was set up with careful subtlety. And I shamelessly savored every page of The Hunger Games. It triggered my love of books. The second book, Catching Fire, I also gripped like a vise. Not as good as the first (probably because the novelty has worn off by this time) and lesser action to my liking but still enough to keep me up ’til dawn. Apparently, this middle book’s purpose is not to give more excitement but to serve as a link to the exciting beginning and the most awaited ending. It did a good job of igniting the fire and inspire rebellion which I think is the main target from the start. From the time Katniss and Peeta decided to eat the (poison berry something, I forgot what it’s called), I thought, surely that defiance should mean something. The second book has confirmed it. So, I was expecting a great REBELLION in the last book. And I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to read Mockingjay. Then, WTF! Seriously…can I not talk about Mockingjay? Can we just pretend it doesn’t exist? Tbh, I didn’t even finish the book. I watched the movie though, just to know the ending. The ending was okay. It wrapped things up pretty nicely. But that’s not what matters, is it? It’s how the story has arrived to that conclusion. It’s terrible because I loved this series so much. The Katniss that I came to love, that kick-ass fighter- brave and confident was lost in book3. What happened to her?! Peeta happened, that’s what. Why did they have to do that to Peeta? Peeta was one of my favorites. He was wonderful, sweet, caring and SELFLESS. Really? Just when the story is about to finish, Katniss and Peeta had to be a letdown when they could’ve made the story so much more satisfying. The rebellion which supposed to be the highlight was so dull and boring. It’s horrible. I had to stop reading. That rating of 3 is mostly because it’s a part of a wonderful trilogy and me being biased. Even with the third book like that, I still think that it’s one of the best dystopian series.