A dystopian Lord of the Flies loved it Thank you, Suzanne Collins, for a well written YA novel. I finished reading the entire trilogy in three days so I guess it captured something in me Although it s touted as a book for young readers there is something here for everyone The story is told in the first person by Katniss who unwittingly becomes the Mockingjay a hybrid bird that becomes the symbol of revolution as the story enfolds She is an extraordinary literary concoction, a clueless adolescent who morphs into a mythical huntress without ever losing the voice of a troubled teenager, a sort of female Holden Caulfield impersonating Robin Hood Like all good dystopian fiction, the world created here is enough like our own to seem not only plausible, but inevitable, if we can t get our house in order Archetypes abound and at the center of it all is Katniss, an unforgettable heroic force who has to battle against overwhelming odds before she is able to attend to her own happiness Imagine yourself channel surfing between Survivor and American Idol with a bit of I, Claudius and Star Wars thrown into the mix I can fully understand why these three books are flying off the shelves. The Extraordinary, Ground Breaking New York Times Bestsellers The Hunger Games And Catching Fire, Along With The Third Book In The Hunger Games Trilogy By Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, Are Available For The First Time Ever In A Beautiful Boxset Edition Stunning, Gripping, And Powerful The Trilogy Is Now Complete The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset The Hunger Games 1 3 , Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games is a trilogy of young adult dystopian novels written by American novelist Suzanne Collins The series is set in The Hunger Games universe, and follows young Katniss Everdeen The novels in the trilogy are titled The Hunger Games 2008 , Catching Fire 2009 , and Mockingjay 2010 The novels have all been developed into films starring Jennifer Lawrence, with the film adaptation of Mockingjay split into two parts The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers, and Mockingjay topped all US bestseller lists upon its release By the time the film adaptation of The Hunger Games was released in 2012, the publisher had reported over 26 million Hunger Games trilogy books in print, including movie tie in books The Hunger Games universe is a dystopia set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 12 districts in varying states of poverty Every year, children from the districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games 2014 2014 2014 2014 1389 408 9789642433179 1392 21 2 1389 1391 407 9789642434336 1392 1395 21 1392 363 9789641741459 1392 407 21 12 12 18. Amongst the few book I read after seeing the movie part 1 and I must say I liked having those extravagant pictures in my mind while enjoying the whole story.It was a very compelling ride I loved book 1 2 than book 3, but not by much It was the first series I d read in ages and got me really hooked to books again so for that alone I am very grateful.The story was always gripping, didn t have slow parts and I was involved from start to beginning I empathized with the characters easily I m realizing only now that my smartphone s notification sound is Rue s whistle and I read the series 2 years ago I don t specifically watch out for the Young Adult genre, being over 40 myself, so I decided on reading this after having liked the movie and didn t mind at all It has happened to me since that I only realized a book to be YA afterwards I find myself ignoring this categorization. To start things off right, a quote from Hunger Games The girl s scream Had it been her last Context Katniss has been confronted with a girl who had her tongue cut off as punishment and remembers seeing her years earlier just as she was caught According to memory, as the girl was dragged away, she screamed Now years later and in the present, Katniss wonders The girl s scream Had it been her last Because people without tongues apparently can t scream.We ll get back to this and what it tells us about Suzanne Collins.To start things another way, I ll admit this I had no interest in Hunger Games until, upon hearing someone actually describe it, I thought Holy smokemonsters That sounds like an American rip off of Battle Royale From that moment on, there was little that could stop me from diving straight into Suzanne Collins derivative little world.See, Battle Royale was this Japanese movie adapted from a book I haven t read yet Christmas, anyone in which the government, for inexplicable reasons, takes a class of thirty highscoolers every year and dumps them in this jungle y arena and demands they fight to the death with a single victor remaining in three days lest the explosive collars they all wear be detonating, rendering no survivors I mean, what s not to love, right So Suzanne Collins basically takes this idea and expands it and tries to give the story a plausible explanation In the movie, the Japanese government televises the BR in order to, get this, quell youth violence in the country I know, right Hunger Games takes place in a post apocalyptic North America There is the ruling State, the Capitol, and there are the thirteen vanquished American colonies districts or twelve since one has been destroyed For the last seventy four years, the Capitol has demanded the sacrifice of a teenage boy and a teenage girl from each district to remind the districts annually of how miserably their rebellion failed and to keep them mindful of how absolutely the Capitol rules every aspect of their lives I don t know, but this strikes me as being only slightly sensible than the Battle Royale justification Apparently government officials in the future are as dumb as they are today.In any case, the beauty is that these two sacrifices from each of the twelve remaining districts are not just killed outright, like on an altar atop a stone ziggurat Aztec style No, that would be too easy Instead, they fight in televised survival games inexplicably called the Hunger Games These are wildly popular like I m told Survivor or American Idol used to be , especially with the Capitol crowd and contestants take on a form of celebrity and their stylists are princes and princesses among menart by the stupendous Vera Brosgol So Hunger Games is the story of Katniss and Peeta, two sacrifices from District 12 District 12 is the loser District Katniss is a hunter advantage and Peeta is a baker s son disadvantage And since Peets has had a massive, sad, stalker crush on Kats since they were, like, five, he is determined to keep her alive forever Interesting dynamic when, Highlander style, there can be only one This is basically the same thing that happened in Battle Royale, so it was a comfy place to be.Seeing how Katniss is going to get out of one scrape after another is exciting and the three books are compelling enough reading that I finished the whole thing in about nine days And by about nine days, I probably really just mean ten days As demonstrated in the above, the writing s not fantastic by any stretch Collins suffers from a typical need to over dramatize, to the point where irrational things are treated sensibly But it s still a league and a half better than Twilight, not that there isn t much that isn t better written than Meyer s delicious collection of vampire doggerel I only compare them because they both occupy that meta genre of light, compulsive reads that others may better know as Summer Reading And yet, here we are in December Regardless, I was several nights up far past my bedtime letting Collins plot have its way with me.And for the most part, I really enjoyed the experience There were very few lulls, most of which occurred in the first fifteen percent of books two and three as they tried to recover from the burst of excitement that capped off the immediate predecessor The mediocre writing is entirely forgivable simply because the books not about that Hunger Games is almost pure plot, so that s really all we should be expecting from it Still, there were two major difficulties I ran into while reading.The first is that the narration s kind of a cheat Collins tells her story in the first person present, meaning that we are supposedly getting new information at the same rate as Katniss is Yet, the things this largely clueless girl chooses to report lead one to believe that she has future knowledge She drops a ton of hints about the importance of the mockingjay, is constantly reminding us that she s wearing her mockingjay pin, and won t stop narrating about how the bird or its image is showing up everywhere As a reader, we pick up that this is massively significant because she beats us over the head with it , but since Katniss in the present she s narrating doesn t realize that, there s no reason for her to continue to point it out That would be like you telling me about your day and stopping every five minutes to remind me that you re wearing your Chuck Taylor s and then after three months of this, Chuck Taylor s suddenly become sentient, rebel against humanity, and then install you as their king Unlikely, at best So narrator Katniss knows everything while narrated Katniss doesn t It s a poor choice.Collins almost certainly chose the first person present because it builds tension FPpresent is a standard usage in thrillers , but she wanted to be able to use things like heavy foreshadowing, which can only honestly be done in first person past tense or in the third person With FPpast, you re almost assured that the narrator survives the climax save for narration from the after life , so you re missing the kind of tension and intimacy that the present tense can deliver Third person stories leave any character open to plot driven dismissal, but they lack the immediacy and intimacy of the first person.The second is less tangible but perhaps the serious offense At this point, things may get vaguely spoiler y so those who haven t read the books yet may wish to skip the following paragraphs and just end the review here.So then, in comics, a trend has been noticed It s been going as Women in Refrigerators syndrome for lack of a exciting term Essentially, it describes authors propensity to abusively use female characters to prompt character development in male protagonists The bottom line is that it doesn t pay to be a female character in superheroland because you ll inevitably wind up raped, maimed, tortured in a sexy way , accidentally killed off, murdered, or dismembered and stuffed into a refrigerator just like Green Lanterns girlfriend was all for the sake of motivating the male lead in some direction or other Of course, in the male dominated world of the superhero, female associations are one of the hero s greatest weaknesses and the best way to really stick it to him.Since the lead of Hunger Games is a teenage female, in order to commit a similar abuse, Collins can t just use other male and female associations to give Katniss the gut wrenching motivation she needs So then, what is frail in comparison to a teenage girl Children Specifically, little, sweet girls Collins uses little girls twice once in Book One and once in Book Three to give her protagonist a human side that is otherwise unseen Collins realizes that her hero is just a little too cold and too distant and so she must find a way to get the reader to sympathize with her She puts forth a sweet little girl whom you ll come to find endearing and wise and beautiful and in need of protection from the dirty, cruel world that Collins has crafted and, of course, what s painful than watching that little girl be destroyed for the sake of a melodramatic tug at one s heartstrings.Kat cries and does something heartfelt and we think of her as human again At least for a little while And then we realize that this was the entire purpose for this character in the scope of Collins story and then we feel abused These were never meant to be character they were always only a means to humanizing a character that Collins didn t have the chops to humanize in a talented way I was a bit grumpy when Collins used the tactic in Book One, but when it reared up again in Book Three, the books became thoroughly diminished in my eyes I felt abused by Collins contrivances.For this reason, I lower what would have been meta genre in mind a four star book series down to three It s still good and worth the read unless you have important stuff on deck , but Collins disrespect for both her characters and her readers lessens their value note Suzanne Collins should not be allowed to name anything Not books, not characters, and certainly not real life children The one bit of silver lining here is that thankfully, this almost assures us that in four years we won t be babysitting a gaggle of brats named Peeta apparently Bella was uncommonly common after the Twilight wave surged. Book releases Hunger Games 2008, Catching Fire 2009, Mockingjay 2010 Movie releases Hunger Games 2012, Catching Fire 2013, Mockingjay, part 1 in 2014 and Mockingjay part 2 in 2015 I wanted to sit down and figure out the math of it and I figure 7 years Between books and movies, I have about 7 years of my life invested into The Hunger Games I picked up the first book the year it was released in 2008 I had been on a kick where, after diving into the Twilight series don t judge me, ok you can judge a little I was not quite sure how to transverse myself in this new world of YA I had recently discovered So, I was following Stephanie Meyer tree of trust here on her blog and she would give recommendations of books she was currently reading She basically gave Hunger Games a drop everything and read this, read this now shoutout So, being the lemming I was, I did And my life was never the same.These books really rekindled my love for reading and the anticipation of waiting a year between releases, I think, really trapped me in this new fangirl universe Not since Harry Potter, which I first read as an adult in my early twenties, had I been so enad in a book world My realities blurring in that fantastical way only true readers understand I was hooked, so before each new release, I of course would reread all books out to date Before Catching Fire s release in 2009, I reread Hunger Then before Mockingjay s release in 2010, I reread Hunger and Catching Fire Then of course, when the movies were released, the rereads again commenced Well at least for movie 1, Hunger Games, release in 2012 and movie 2, Catching Fire release in 2013 That would be two rereads of all three books Seeing the pattern here Now, I did not reread before the Mockinjay movie releases, part 1 in 2014 and tonight s release of Mockingjay part 2 in 2015 The reason behind this being some events in my life in 2014 to now that simply altered mywell, my everything But that s another post for another time So, if my math is correct, from 2008 to 2015, then 7 years 7 years I have invested and I m not sure what this says or means for me now, other than my evenings meanderings And I share because I know my fellow bibliophiles have read this in its entirety and understand So, happy reading Who knows, maybe that next book you pick up might be the next 7 years of your life. I had settled down to write a glowing, gushing review that would make the idiots people who haven t read this, drop everything and get their hands on this one and bask in the glow that is Katniss Everdeen. Yep, you read that right As good as the plot, the writing and everything else is, the protagonist Katniss, outshines them all effortlessly She is brave, courageous and strong, oh so strong So, anyway, about the review Nothing I can say write can t even begin to summarize just how awesome, beautiful, heart breaking it was is Just imagine all the things that blow you away, that make you cry, that make you laugh, that make you love, that give a warm glow to your heart, that make you smile through your tears, that make your heart ache, that make you want to be a better person and combine all of them The result The Hunger Games Trilogy. image error You don t forget the face of the person who was your last hope No review will doThe Hunger Gamestrilogy justice, no matter how well written, but I ll do my best This is the first series that I loved unconditionally Suzanne Collins is the first author who made me actuallywant to pursue reading For this and many other reasons named below, The Hunger Games is truly remarkable.I m obviously very late on writing a review for this series, as there have been four fantastic blockbuster movies for these books that have been out for so long Normally, I would say that the movies are usually incomparable the books they were based off of, but in this case, it s pretty close I recommend reading the books before you see the movies, but that s just my personal opinion But, seriously, read and watch all of The Hunger Games.Getting back to the life changing novels, they could not have been better The setting is great, well thought through, and everything is flawless The characters are phenomenal The storyline and plot are not slow or boring Characters Katniss Katniss, the girl who was on fire Katniss Everdeen is one of the most inspirational characters I ve ever read or heard about As an older teen and in Panem with barely enough money for her family to live off of, and with her father killed in an accident while at work, she is someone many readers look up to She loves her sister and mother endlessly She is very strong, whether it s for herself, Peeta, Gale, Prim, or even the whole country mainly inMockingjayNot to mention her unmatched talent of archery, which she looks incredibly bad ass doing Unlike some heroines, she does not make selfish, annoying, irrational, or stupid decisions, because she is neither of those The beautiful Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss perfectly in the movies Peeta And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me Peeeta Mellark is very caring, cute, sweet, and selfless He s practically an angel who got the raw end of a deal In the first book, he is the innocent view spoiler half of the famous star crossed lovers With his declarations of love, marriage, and pregnancy, hide spoiler Gladiatorial The Hunger Games Trilogy is quite understandably one of the greatest successes in young adult fiction over the last decade The concept seems to have really appealed to our sense of injustice from a tyrannical ruler and gladiatorial games full of horror, suspense and survival The totalitarian political and social structure that exists creates the perfect dystopian environment to give someone hope of moving from a subjugated existence where people are governed frugally and ruthlessly, to one of abundance and freedom While watching and participating in the games also keeps the populace distracted from the harsh realities of life.Societies are split into 12 zones each responsible for delivering key societal needs such as coal, food, military etc From each zone a male and female will be selected to participate in the Hunger Games which continue until only one competitor remains alive, to be declared the winner The idea of the games are highly ingenious and appeal to our morbid fascination of duelling to the death The games allow us to root for an underdog as long as we can draw empathy towards that person or persons Off the bat, we connect to Katniss Everdeen as she jumps in to take the place of her younger sister and represent district 12 along with Peeta Suzanne Collins does a wonderful job of creating these 2 characters with very different characteristics and talents Katniss starts to become of a thinker and an icon, and Peeta is a strategist who later has to wrestle with psychological indoctrination There is a strange bond between them and we watch how this develops and transitions across the trilogy.Sooner or later a people will rise up and challenge the state the Capitol and the end of the trilogy deals with this scenario This political theme and uprising aren t as well dealt with as the excitement of the games themselves and I found the third book Mockingjay the weakest of the trilogy It was satisfying that Katniss was also delivering and representing something much greater than her own issues to bring deeper meaning to the plot.It is so imaginative, adventurous and climactic, on a book by book basis, that it is very easy to highly recommend the trilogy.