Hi all, this is my first ever blog post. Yay!
Just yesterday I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, which consists of Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Most of you have probably heard a lot of hype about Hunger Games with the new movie having just been released. I was planning to read the trilogy a while before talk of the movie had even begun but didn’t get around to it; the release of the movie stirred me into action as I definately wanted to read the books first. Warning that this may contain spoilers.
The first book was brilliant. I was kept constantly on edge. For those who don’t know, the Hunger Games trilogy is set in a postapocalyptic world in a country called Panem which occupies the area where the USA once was. Panem is made up of 12 districts and the Capitol. There was once a 13th district as well but it was destroyed in the last rebellion against the Capitol. As a reminder to the districts to not rebel, the Capitol holds an annual even called the hunger games. In this event, two teenagers (a girl and a boy) between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district to compete against each other to the death. 24 tributes go in and only one comes out.
The first book is told through the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Evergreen as she struggles through the hunger games. This book is so good that it rivals my favourite books such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I love the whole idea of hunger games as it shows how cruel, ignorant and yet strong society can be. The second book, Catching Fire, is also very good but I felt that Collins didn’t play the relationship between Peeta and Katniss just right. The Quarter Quell was definitely a shocker, and though I would have liked to have seen Katniss training the future tributes, this outcome was just as exciting. Mockingjay would have to be my least favourite book of the trilogy, mainly because of the lack of emotion shown in some characters’ deaths. I was expecting the amount of detail shown by Rue’s death but found that in Mockingjay it was sorely lacking. I also found that the epilogue was too short and should have focussed more on how Katniss dealt with life after the revolution. This might just be me, though. I’m very picky when it comes to the way in which a series ends.
Despite this, I found it a very interesting and thought-provoking novel which hints at some of the bigger issues of our time; war, unequal quality of life and poverty. It was a page-turner with every chapter and book ending in a devastating and shocking cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading. I definitely look forward to seeing the movie.
Favourite character: Cinna
Least favourite character: President Snow
Favourite moment: When Katniss covers Rue in flowers
Least favourite moment: When Katniss descends into madness in Mockingjay
I rate the trilogy; 3.5/5 stars
What did you think of the trilogy?