This is a review of the whole trilogy, as I read them the one directly after the other and I find it very difficult to separate the stories. The cover pictured is from my actual book (isn't it beautiful?)
As most of you know, this is a series of three dystopian novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The are about a future America where there are no United States, only 13 districts where poverty rules and the Capitol, where a dictator-like president lives and thrives along with the pampered, rich people. This president has established The Hunger Games which occur once every year, with the purpose of entertainment to the population of the Capitol, and the purpose of punishing and keeping in line the districts. The first novel in the series begins when the heroine, Katniss goes to the Hunger Games to fight with other 23 people (a boy and a girl from each of the 12 districts, including a boy from her own district) to the death. Because only one boy or girl can survive the Hunger Games.
But this year it's different.
I loved these books. Of course, let it be known that they contain a lot of blood and violence, and as that they are not suitable for children or teenagers.
I loved the revolution, I think it is the most up-to-date concept. I loved the parallels between this dystopian society and our own. I loved Katniss' spunk and courage in the face of every impossibility. And I loved that she never stoped believing that, even though something had never happened before, it could happen this once, for her, for the people she cared about, for the first time. This faith, even though it deteriorated by the end, was what pulled her through everything.
I also enjoyed the love story, and found it very realistic and accurate. I didn't find a love triangle in these books, like other readers have thought, I don't think there exists one. As for Katniss' behaviour, it was only natural that she should be concerned first about her survival (and Peeta's) and then about falling in love and making out. I think this was out of the question for her in the majority of all three books.
There was one thing I didn't like, and that was the death of a character in Mockingjay, the final book, because I thought it was unessecary and didn't do anything to help the plot along. On the contrary, I think the author might have found herself with a character she created that was by far superior to the protagonists, and didn't know what to do with him, because he overshadowed them. So, she killed him off. That is a very poor reason to kill a character, and I have seen it in other books. I think it shows lack of strength and skill in the part of the author.
I also wanted to say here, as far as the ending of the trilogy is concerned, that is to say part of the final book, that I really liked how the revolution went on, the contrasts between the old world and the new one they wanted to built, but also the similarities. I think that is very true, because human nature always tend to fall in the same mistakes, and power does something strange to people, even those with the best intetions. It has the potential to make them evil and that was beautifully portrayed in these books.
This book was something to think about for days after you finished the trilogy, not something fun to enjoy. If every reader who gets a hold of this book should then think of even one thing concerning themselves, then that would be time well spent.
One last thing.
The modern-day arena really interigued me when I first decided I wanted to read these books, so I went ahead and bought them, even though I was afraid they would be depressing (which they aren't, surprisingly enough. They are really encouraging overall.). However, I thought that in this arena there wasn't much to root for, since the kids only fought for survival. Now, if there had been something else at stake, like there was for Christians in the arena at Roman times, their beliefs, or something, that would be something to get excited about. That's what I thought, personally, although admittedly, in the second and third books, there is indeed much more going on than mere survival. That's what made their angst and struggles so exciting for the reader.
These books prove that, as I always believed, if there is something worth living for, then that same thing must be worth dying for, and even more so.
Rating: The Hunger Games 5/5
Catching Fire 4.5/5
The Trilogy 4/5
Please comment below as to your own experiance while reading these books, I am really interested to know how they affected you. I was reluctant to pick them up for a long time, and I am so glad I finally did. I think I am a richer person now.