The Hunger Games has been reviewed to death. But I read all 3 of the books and my aim is to review all the books that I read in 2012, so here it goes. I’m not going to review each book individually, but the trilogy as a whole.
In the somewhat distant yet surprisingly near future, the country of Panem sits on what used to be North America. The Capitol lies at the center, surrounded by twelve districts. Actually thirteen, but district thirteen was nuclear bombed 75 years ago. In order to exercise its iron grip on the people, the Capitol holds the annual Hunger Games- a televised gladiator-like event. One male and one female are selected at random from each district at the Reaping. Katniss Everdeen’s sister Primrose has been selected. But Katniss can’t let Prim go. She would dead in the first 10 minutes. So Katniss volunteers and she is whisked away to the Capitol to undergo training for the Games. Enter Peeta, a boy she never spoke to but who saved her and her family’s life years earlier. In order to survive she must kill the other 23 tributes. Including Peeta.
Dilemma of the century.
In the following second and third books, Katniss (What?! She survived? Who saw that coming? Spoiler alert!) becomes the symbol of rebellion against the Capitol. She’s not sure she wants to but she seems to have little choice. The ball is in motion. The fire is catching. Katniss must lead the rebellion, or be burned in the encroaching fire of the uprising.
I was a terrible person and watched the Hunger Games before I read the book. Bad Ashley. So, to be honest, I liked the movie better than the book. The writing in the book was surprisingly simple. I had expected better. It was easy to read and honestly, it took me about 3 hours of reading per book. The first book was great, the second book was good and I hated the third book. Unfortunately, that’s what happens all too often. The third book was long and drawn out, and there was no real climax. I don’t know why they intend to split the third book into two movies. If anything, you’d need to do that to the second book as it has more content.
Anyways, the books were good. Read them. But don’t expect a good ending. Of course, there is a team Gale and a team Peeta. That’s what we do when there’s a love triangle- we pick sides. So one of those camps will be severely disappointed. I was. Her choice didn’t make sense to me, and Peeta and Gale’s choices made even less sense. Plus way too many people die in the third book. It’s majorly depressing. I was hoping that the rebellion would bring about lasting peace and happiness. But Katniss is not happy. The country is hardly better off. Which makes me sad. I was hoping for something a little more uplifting, but that’s probably my fault. The books started out wonderfully, but for me they fell kind of flat, and I lost interest during the third book. That doesn’t mean that I’m sorry I read them; I’m not. I guess I just expected more from an author whose first book started out so well.