June 9, 2010

Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

True, we are all still waiting on the third installment of Suzanne Colins' Hunger Game series, Mockingjay, to be released on August 24th. But while we are in anticipation I thought I would write my reviews on the first two books in The Hunger Games Trilogy.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins

About: 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 death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Review: I first read this book from 4shared.com at work. I had to download the PDF file and read it on a computer screen, which hurt my eyes to no end. But I had to kill time at work somehow. Unfortunately, i fell completely in love with this book. I honestly cannot stop either thinking about it or wanting to read it over and over again. I found it very much like our world today and how it could easily be in the future. With the reality TV shows and materialistic things we have now, Suzanne Colins' world doesn't seem too far off from ours now. I liked everything about this book including the following: the setting of the districts and they way the Capitol is, the whole plot line about the hunger games and of course the characters-Peta, Gale Rue, Haymtich, Cinna and Katniss. I'm usually not a huge heroin fan but I like Katniss a lot. I enjoy so many things about this book and if your into thrilling, amazing, adventurous, heart filled, cool, intense, sad...pretty much any type of book, check this one out.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Colins

About: Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellmark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all she has returned to her family and her long time friend Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back completely on her. And their are whispers of rebellion against the Capitol-a rebellion Katniss and peeta might have helped create. Much to her shock, Katniss fueled an 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 nearer for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitols cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Review: This book is just as good as the first in its series. The first book leaves you off at the train station, literally. After Katniss and Peeta arrive back in District 12 they are at the train station and the book ends. Book two picks up right where the other leaves off. Its a lot more tragic and nail biting for the character you already know and love. And again, just leaving me in a floating ship, book two ends and through all my frustration of them just leaving me hanging, I just can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.

-There are rumors of them releasing The Hunger Games movie in 2011.

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