This is a series that I’ve been wanting to read but I was holding off due to them being written in first-person. I’m not a fan of first-person books, at all. I enjoy the movies, however, so I figured it was about time that I read the books as well. They turned out to be a better series than I was expecting. I still think they would have been better in third-person as it’s easier to get a better insight into a character when you’re not thinking it’s you the entire time, but someone else. The books did well with holding my attention. So much so, I finished reading the entire series in six days. I would have plowed through them a lot quicker if it wasn’t for having to get everyday things, such as work, done first.
There is one thing I can say I for sure enjoyed about this series and that is there was no lack in the details. It doesn’t get to the point of it being freakishly gory like some other books that I’ve read, but it does give you a great sense of who the characters are, how they look, what the different districts look and feel like, and what happens on the battlefield with the games and the war. It’s easy to envision yourself as one of those in the midst of it all, making me enjoy the books so much more.
Even with the movies flashing in my mind as I read through the books, like most bibliophiles, I wish that they would have included more detail into the movies that are within the books. Details like how Finnick and Katniss become closer friends in Mockingjay, how Johanna and Katniss become allies-per say, and additional details of how the games in both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire really were. They could have added so much more to the movies based on everything that was given in the books, that’s for sure! Like the movies, I think that the second book, Catching Fire, is my favorite. I greatly enjoy the first one as it starts it all, how can you not enjoy the beginning of something new? But the second one, I greatly enjoy being able to get to know all the previous victors and getting wrapped up in the mix of the beggings of the rebellion.
Overall, this is a good series. It’s not one that I would reread multiple times as I do with some of my favorites, but I’m glad that I’ve finally taken the time to read them. It’s a series that I recommend reading at least once as they are packed full of action and entertainment.
About The Hunger Games
“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, p. 19
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
About Catching Fire
“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire, p. 118
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, p. 156
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.
A list of books by Suzanne Collins can be found on her site here – Book List.