My Goodreads review of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (hopefully spoiler free)

You can read these on Goodreads too – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – I gave all 3 5/5 stars and read them in about a week over Christmas pretty much having to force myself to go to bed (lots of late nights – I started reading Book 2 the second I finished Book 1 {Love my Kindle}).

Although these are spoiler free (and therefore pretty short) I can’t guarantee any comments will be – indeed if you’ve read the books please talk to me about them ;o)

The Hunger Games – Book 1

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Being a big fan of Divergent which is often talked about in the same breath as this I thought I would have to read it. I read some reviews that are negative about the violence in the book. Yes it is violent, but that suits the genre and I think it is signposted pretty much from the get go. I think the main characters are strongly written and being in an impossible situation act as well as can be expected, more so even. I found myself having to stay up late to read this. Suzanne Collins is not someone who ends chapters (or books – I had to start the second one straight away) neatly but is far too effective at making you turn just the next page (as the bags under my eyes will attest).
I was rooting for at least 4 of the contestants and did feel sad at times at their treatment. I was soooooo incensed by the mutts. Grr someone has to pay for that!
I’m hoping that the Capitol and President Snow get their comeuppance at the end of the trilogy which I suspect I will have read by the end of the year (it’s 22nd Dec today).
Divergent just pips it for me but I look forward to seeing this in film (or do I? – may have to close my eyes).

Catching Fire – Book 2

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Having to hold myself back from reading the third one straight away, hope the negative reviews of how it ends don’t spoil it for me. Oooh Snow needs to go down. I did not expect the Games to happen again. Can’t really say much more without spoiling it.
Once again Suzanne Collins keeps me turning pages even in the ‘quiet’ moments. So glad I didn’t start reading this series until it was all written.

Mockingjay – Book 3

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Well I wasn’t sure whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars (why can’t we have quarter, half and three quarter options hey?).
Another fast paced thriller from Suzanne, this time out of the Hunger Games arena but because of this all bets were off, the body count even higher. There were two deaths I’m not sure I can reconcile yet (but it is just 10 mins or so since I read the last word).
The reasons that many have disliked this book are why I think it deserves praise. It’s not full of happy neat endings and you don’t come away fully satisfied. But isn’t this what happens in real life. We don’t always find our one true love but end up loving the one we’re with. There is a scene with a cat that made me cry.
Peace doesn’t break out after war, the struggle continues and sometimes the ones who try to take over are as corrupt as the ones who have been overthrown.
Katniss and her fellow surviving tributes are asked a question at the end and I was shocked and disgusted by her answer. Despite her subsequent actions I’m still not sure whether she was believed in the answer she gave.
Real or not real you tell me!

I look forward to the films with anticipation and a little bit of fear. I also look to the future with the desire that as humans we learn lessons from books like these and hope that they remain books of fiction and not premonitions.

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Posted on December 31, 2011, in Book Reviews, Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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