Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen lives in Panem, a dictatorship that rose from the ruins of North America. As retribution for a failed rebellion 75 years ago, each year, the 12 Districts of Panem must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to the Capitol, where they are forced to fight in a arena until one remains. When Katniss takes the place of her sister as the District 12 tribute, she sets in motion a series of events that burn across the country. In the arena, her act of survival becomes the spark of the rebellion against the Capitol - a fight for freedom that will cost her all she loves, possibly her soul. Can she pay that price or will she lose herself before she makes it to freedom?
Review: You'd have to be living in hermit's hut to not know about this book. I don't usually read books of this sort due to the nightmares it can give me. But I finally relented, knowing you can't avoid good literature forever. And it was worth it. Collins write a story that weaves into your heart and never lets go. I haven't words to describe these books, other then go read them. A warning: they are not happy books. People complain the ending is too sorrowful, lacks hope and joy. This is true. Collins did not write a happy story. BUT, this is as it should be. The characters walks through fire, loss, suffering and pain. The ending is true to human nature, true to what would really happen to people who lived this. It's not happy, and it shouldn't be. It should be real. And it is.
NOTE: I do not usually review a trilogy together. But this is one story in my mind. I can't separate the books.
Bookmarks: 9 of 10
Awards: Several, including the California Young Reader Medal, and being Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of the Year" in 2008.
Date Finished: 3-17-2013
Pages: aprox. 1,200 for all three books

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