The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in a beautiful boxset edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!
These books have a special place in my heart. My daughter introduced it to me and they were part of the reason I started blogging. Or at least started thinking about it.
My thoughts have not changed much about the books. I still absolutely love the premise. These were also the first books that made me realize that my favorite genre is dystopian. I had no idea at the time but ever since I cannot stop myself when I hear that a story is dystopian. Maybe it is the idea that we can overcome, or that the people have to be more than themselves to be better or to get out of the system. Whatever it is, I love this genre and I can never get enough.
Sadly, I have not watched the latest movie. Which is really sad because I do enjoy the books. I think I’m putting it off because I want to re-read the series and I have not had time. There are too many great books out there to take the time to re-read something. Oh to be young again and think you have all the time in the world!
So, my thoughts have not changed much with this one. Actually, I think I like it even more! The writing is so great that they come to life and the movies do it justice by keeping mostly to the story. Mostly!
Have you read this again? Were your thoughts any different from the first time?
So… I just flew through the trilogy of The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. I’m sure you heard, as we all did prior to picking it up, that it is a fascinating trilogy, worth buying and you’re probably putting it on hold.
I was more concerned with not reading them for months, everyone is reading them, so why should I? I’m not one to jump on a band wagon but when everyone I know, and I do mean EVERY one was talking about this, I sighed but relented and bought the first book.
Amazingly, I was hooked at the first chapter. I made sure to have both book two, Catching Fire and book three, Mockingjay before I even finished The Hunger Games. I knew straight away that I was going to want to continue and here is why:
The books take place post apocalyptic America. Meet Katniss Everdeen, a mostly confused, teenage girl that is trying to keep her family afloat. Not like your normal American family, no. This teenage girl has to support her family in every way. Something that most of us would find appalling. She fights for not only her life, but the lives of her family and her entire district.
District 13 rebelled against the Capitol and now The Hunger Games is how each district pays. One girl and boy from each district is chosen each year and thrown into an arena controlled by the Capitol, where only one can survive. The children chosen are between the ages of 12 and 18. This story follows Katniss, who at the beginning of the story volunteers as tribute to save her sister, Primrose after she was chosen.
Growing up in the poorest district, Katniss has no skills of survival, except hunting and she propels the story marvelously! Although not always a favorite character in the book, she is put in situations that she must excel at or die.
I was constantly on the edge of my seat with this book. It’s a very easy and fun read! All three books are remarkable but what makes The Hunger Games so much more enticing is that the movie is coming out next weekend on March 23rd. I will definitely be in line for this one!