Guest Review of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

September 24, 2012

If you do not know the plot of the Hunger Games by now, then where have you been living? Under a rock? Well, it goes something like this: in a future time, the world is divided into twelve areas and controlled by the Capitol. The evil leader, President Snow, makes each area give tributes, one teenage boy and one teenage girl, to the Hunger Games- a fight to the death in a natural arena. Much like the Roman tradition of pitting gladiators against animals and each other, these battles resulted in only one victor.

Guest Review of the Hunger Games Series

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After the big movie release, reviews of the Hunger Games series probably came out of the woodwork. Truthfully, I had no interest in reading the books until after I watched the movies. My friends kept telling me how great they were and how I should go read them now, but I did not see the appeal. After all, aren’t they just another young adult series? That plus the idea of kids fighting to the death kind of put me off to the whole thing. Eventually, however I caved in enough to rent the movie when it came out on DVD. I was surprised by the amount of character development it had, especially since I expected the whole thing to be one long kid-friendly bloodbath. Now interested in the rest of the lot line, I finally decided to go read the books.

I read the entire series in under a week. Needless to say, they were interesting. The idea behind them is very scary, a kind of dystopian ideal. The writing itself wasn’t phenomenal, though it was adequate for a young adult book series. I was always looking for more vocabulary and greater detail and was sadly disappointed. However the books did move at a quick pace and you never got bored or disinterested. Another thing that aggravated me, though, was the lack of the love triangle as the story progressed. I had thought that the author was going to pursue that, but to me it felt either ignored or jammed in at random. I supposed that is more of an adult theme, anyway.

The ending of the series really disappointed me. I wanted to see so much more happen, and I felt like everything just kind of wrapped up in a neat little bow. Frankly, I would have been happier had the author ended it right after the climax. At least then you could have made your own ending. Instead, we kind of drift off.

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  • Rebecca @ Love at First BookSeptember 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I think the books show MUCH more character development than the movie! I’ve read the first book twice, and will reread the other two as each movie comes out. I read the books before the movies, before the big influx of Hunger Games readers.

    I feel like the movies put some people off of such a good series, like with Harry Potter. My husband refused to read HP for years, and I finally was able to force him. Surprise surprise, he loved the books and felt like he now understood so much more about the movies.

    I heard this quote which I think is perfect for this situation:

    Reading the book is like actually taking the vacation. Watching the movie is like looking at someone else’s vacation photos. You get an idea of what happened but you miss all of the details that make it special.

  • SpangleSeptember 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

    As someone in my 30’s, I had heard a lot about ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy and wondered whether or not I would enjoy this. In reality, if you had not told me that these books were for a young audience, I would have said they were for adult, due to it’s mature nature.

    I have to disagree with you on Collins’ writing style, I think it’s incredibly mature and sharp. I feel that she can explain histories of the characters and broader, using as few words as possible, but giving her readers all the information that they need to know.

    I haven’t read the final book in the series, I’m hoping that I’m not too disappointed.

    Great Review!

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