February 19, 2011
Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I was intrigued. So this past Tuesday I picked The Hunger Games off of my shelf and started to read. Four days later, I have just finished the third book in the series. My co-worker was right. These books have momentum. I barely wanted to go to sleep because I was wondering what would happen next, and I certainly didn’t want to go to work. On my lunch breaks I was practically antisocial, my nose burrowed in my book. These are the types of books that demand to be devoured – rationing them seems impossible.
Katniss Everdeen, the narrator, is a fifteen-year old from District 12 when she is chosen, or ‘reaped’, for the Hunger Games. As a protagonist, Katniss is difficult to pin down. She’s tough and determined and isn’t above shooting someone through the throat to save herself or someone she loves. As the series goes on, she’s not always likeable, but she is consistently admirable. There is romance in The Hunger Games, but the book is first and foremost a story of survival. Though the love story is there, it develops out of the plot as opposed to overtaking it. Katniss is a fairly practical person, and she uses her budding romance with another contestant in the games as a tool to keep them both alive.
I would absolutely recommend The Hunger Games Trilogy to any reader who enjoys young adult books, likes getting sucked into a series, and does not mind a large dose of violence and death in their reading. The trilogy is more often than not as grim as it gets, but it does get the mind racing and the pages turning. I will repeat the excellent advice my co-worker gave me: start these books on a weekend and clear your schedule.
[Note: this is a rating for the series as a whole. Individually, I rate The Hunger Games as 5, Catching Fire as 4, and Mockingjay as 3.]
The Hunger Games © Suzanne Collins and Scholastic, 2008.
Catching Fire © Suzanne Collins and Scholastic, 2009.
Mockingjay © Suzanne Collins and Scholastic, 2010.