Series Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #6
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
# of Books: 3 (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre:
Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Romance, Competition
Heat Rating:
cold
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the Hunger Games movie here! Read my thoughts about the Catching Fire movie here! As well as the Mockingjay Part 1!

Thoughts:

I jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon just before it got really big (ie. summer 2011) and read all the books within a week. They were super addicting, especially book 1 The Hunger Games. It was hard to put them down and I got sucked into the world Collins created.

One thing that I really liked about this series was Katniss. It had been a long time since I read a book with a strong heroine that I didn’t find annoying and actually liked. She is tough, intelligent, brave and perhaps her best characteristic is that she is independent. Unlike some heroines she didn’t need a boy to complete her and while she does have some romance in her life, it isn’t the focus and she doesn’t let it truly define her.

Book 1, The Hunger Games is by far the best book of the series. It has suspense, action and drama which made the book hard to put down. Book 2 and 3 aren’t as fast-paced as book 1 in my opinion, but they are very good reads in their own right. It’s hard for me to decide which book is better Catching Fire or Mockingjay. Immediately after I had finished reading the series, I would have said Mockingjay just because I was a little let down in Catching Fire. I thought it would be a direct reproduction of The Hunger Games but it had its own little spin that I have learned to appreciate after reading them all. So now, I’d say it’s a toss-up between the two for second place.

Another thing I really love about Collin’s writing is her descriptions of things. You really felt like you were in the Games with Katniss dealing with the heat and water and everything else that is thrown at her. She is descriptive enough to create the world (so you literally read the book and it plays out like a movie in your head) but not so descriptive that you are skipping sentences to get on with the plot. And although Scholastic publishes the books, the writing isn’t juvenile (ahem, *coughcough* Twilight) in any way. Although tweens will have no problem reading the books, adults won’t be turned off by her writing and will also enjoy the story.

I know some people will say, why bother reading the books when the movies are coming out (see my thoughts on the movie here) but if I could just say one thing it would be this: read the books! If you were expecting the movie to be darker, then you will love the books! And while the movies contain a majority of the storyline from the novels, there are something that’s they have changed that make the books a little different (so you aren’t reading a carbon copy of the movie script).

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this series–so much so that I actually bought the box set after I had finished them (I had borrowed them all from the library) just so I could own them 😛 I also can’t remember how many times I have lent those books out to people (who have all enjoyed them!) so that they could read them. You can’t go wrong with this series in my opinion!

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Trilogy, #1) and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy, #1)

See my movie review here!

Synopsis for The Hunger Games (from Goodreads):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

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 dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(

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