February 28, 2012

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Just like every other person in the world right now I have jumped onto "The Hunger Games" bandwagon. Everyone I know has sung nothing but praises about these books and how amazing they are, so of course I had to read them and see for myself what all the hype was about.

The Hunger Games: The first book was phenomenal. Without a doubt one of the most well-written, well thought out, and original story lines I have ever read. The way the author creates this world of Panem: the Capital and its districts, how the government works, and the execution of the hunger games is so inspiring. I applaud Collins for being able to come up with something so different and being able to have it make so much sense to the reader. And the characters! Their personalities and the relationships they have with each other is incredible. In a way I feel honored to have had the opportunity to read this book. It's just that good. I finished it in 24 hours, couldn't put it down.
Catching Fire: Now the second book started off a little slow for me. Each book is divided into three parts. The first book got my interest from the beginning, but this book took me until part two to really get into it. But once the story picked up I was hooked. I can't say book 2 is as good as book 1, but without comparing the two Catching Fire was also a wonderful read. There is a big twist in this book, which had me wanting to keep reading to figure out where the story would lead, and it ended with a major cliffhanger, so I was dying to start the third book.
Mockingjay: With such an awesome story so far I was expecting so much from the final installment. I had developed my own opinions of the characters. I had my favorites. I knew what I wanted to happen, and I couldn't wait to see it all take place. But damn, was I let down with the third book, or what?! So much build up to this final book, and nothing happened how I was hoping or expecting. It started off so slow, and it didn't pick up until I was almost at the end of the book. And even then I was so irritated by the time I got to the climax that I had a hard time enjoying it. I feel like Collins rushed when writing Mockingjay, and it caused a lot of her creativity to be lost. So much of the thought she put into the first two books didn't come out in the third book, and I was left disappointed with the ending of this trilogy.I would still highly recommend this series to every single person who breathes because the first book is SO GOOD, but I just wish the story had ended differently. I wish that damn third book measured up to the first two. Ahh, I'm so let down! But I'm still very excited for the movie coming out at the end of March, and overall I suppose I'm pleased with the series.

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