9.04.2010

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
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 one 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, 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 deat before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomse a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I'll admit, I wasn't actually rushing to find this book and read it. I'm not usually into Science Fiction books. This book went above and beyond my expectations. Suzanne Collins created a world and characters that you can't help but be drawn to.
The main character, Katniss, is strong, independent, and she knows how to take care of herself. Instantly you see that the person she loves most in the world is her sister, Prim, and that she would do anything for her, including taking her place in the Hunger Games. When Katniss takes Prim's place, her world is turned upside-down. She is taken away from her family and put through interviews, training, makeovers, she sees horrible things, beautiful things, and finds friends in the most unlikely places, even among her enemies.
This book never has a dull moment and is filled with unexpected twits, along with heartbreak, sorrow, and even laughter. Its hard to imagine that the next book will be better, but some how, it is.

Sparks Are Igniting.
Flames Are Spreading.
And The Capitol Wants Revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. 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 fuled and unrest 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 doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences qill be horrifying.

Even better than the Hunger Games. Once again Suzanne Collins has blown my mind with Catching Fire. The way Katniss escaped the arena with not only her life, but Peeta's too, is seen as an act of defiance against the Capitol to many, and is sparking into a revolution, with Katniss as the Symbol of the Rebels. The Capitol is furious, and Prestident Snow is determined to punish Katniss for what she has accidentally done, unless she can convince him completely that what she did was an act of desparate love for Peeta.
Filled with deceptions, betrayals, losses, suprises,--some that aren't all bad--and love, Catching Fire is even more riveting than the Hunger Games, which I was so unwilling to read. Expect to laugh, cry, and almost throw the book in shock whith this second instalment fo the Hunger Games Trilogy.
My Name Is Katniss Everdeen.
Why Am I Not Dead?
I Should Be Dead.
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 rebles' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

Mockingjay had me in shock almost the whole time. Death and destruction, along with distrust and more betrayals are the bases of this book. I can honestly say that this book is not what I expected. The Districts are in full out rebellion now, and only one thing will end it all: the death of President Snow. Katniss has unwillingly and unknowingly become the symbol of the rebellion, the Mockingjay, and everyone expects her to be strong as she appeared in the Hunger Games, but everything in her world is falling apart, peice by peice.
Once again, Suzanne Collins spins a tale of deception and sorrow with hidden twists and unexpected turns. I laughed and I cried while reading this book, and a few times I even had to put down the book. With a completely different tone from the first two in the trilogy, Mockingjay complete this series in a way completely unexpected. Suzanne Collins, welcome to my favorite authors list.

 

"And may the odds be ever in your favor!" --Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

2 comments:

  1. So, are these books along the same lines as Graceling . I've not read any of them. So many people rave about how good they are, though. I really want to find time to try them out.

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  2. They are as good, if not better than Graceling but they aren't really the same. These ones are more Scifi. I love them though!

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