Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

The nation of Panem is formed from a post-apocalyptic North America. It consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of superiority of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it’s morning again, they’ll wash away
Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

There were many things about Hunger Games that I didn’t like.  I wasn’t fond of the characters though I don’t think they were that bad either. I often put myself in their situation, if I would be 16 years old girl living in Panem what would I be doing… so Katniss was great female protagonist! I didn’t like the romance in the books, I think there should have been more or less of it, now it was slightly confusing and that love triangle didn’t make any sense. Catching Fire seemed to suffer of sequel-ism meaning the first book in the trilogy was really good, Catching Fire was just about okay and Mockingjay was good again.

“That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I’m free to act as desperately as I wish.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching

There were more things I liked about Hunger Games than disliked though. Hunger Games was basically like a reality television gone really wrong. Technology and the way citizens of Capitol acted has been evolving completely around this televised event. And the same applies to the poor districts, after apocalypse. Trilogy has a good, entertaining and fast-paced plot and the setting of post-apocalyptic America is great. The books don’t tell us what exactly has happened and when but it must have been something terrible to turn the world into Panem. I also liked how you could see the works and books influencing this trilogy.  I would rate the trilogy 4/5.

How- To Read Hunger Games
1.
Hunger Games is for you if you like dystopian novels, adventure and if you are a fan of Divergent trilogy, Rick Riordan and YA books in general. If you don’t like these books, Hunger Games isn’t for you. Or if you don’t like reading hyped books or if you generally stick with classics or nonfiction.
2.
Hunger Games is, in my opinion, suitable for ages 12+, for younger readers Collins has written ‘Gregor the Overlander’. Somehow I also feel  like Hunger Games is more for girls and other series are more for boys. I mean with the bugs and all that…
3.
Pretty easy and fast to read, some violence but not too bad, it’s targeted for teens after all.
4.
It’s kind of like reality tv :) but better because it’s a book.
5.
Please read a short story named “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson. It obviously inspired Suzanne Collins greatly and it’s probably the best short story I have ever read.

Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? What are your thoughts? Is it just me who didn’t like the ending?

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15 thoughts on “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor

  1. honya says:

    Great review; I appreciate the balanced opinion. Personally, I’ve been avoiding this one because of the hype, but I’ll probably give it a try in the next few years. Once the whole dystopian thing has died down, maybe.

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  2. dawnofrealization says:

    Hunger Games has definitely interesting setting, we don’t know what happened in North America to cause that. Moreover, it was interesting to follow how the games unfolded! I hated the ending, I think Mockingjay would have been much better without epilogue.

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  3. mosquiteo says:

    Great post well done ^_^
    In HG I don’t like characters and it’s kind a weird, but I hate Peeta! I thought that Suzanne Collins was screaming from pages that Peeta isn’t that useless! He has some prescript, but in real, he was all depending on Katniss and in first book there are too many deadlock, like she didn’t know what to do next, and she was planning something grandiose from the beginning and when she reached the middle, she simply didn’t know what to do.

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  4. Bound to Be Me says:

    I liked the series and have found myself wanting to reread them again. I think the book was refreshing with a slightly new/reused idea and that is hard to say with the different books being presented today. I hope you get a chance to check out my blog and hopefully find something you like :)
    http://www.boundtobeme.org/

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