Fabulously written, excellently executed. Why didn’t I read this sooner?
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a Teen/YA series written by Suzanne Collins published by Scholastic.
Even with all the buzz surrounding the upcoming movie release (I have not watched the trailer) I began reading the books with no knowledge of what they were about.
Within the first few pages I felt like I was reading a reinterpretation of The Lottery. And in a sense I was, but it’s also about so much more.
It’s about a young girl that only desires to protect her family and inadvertently becomes the symbol and voice of a rebellion.
It’s about a young girl trying to make sense of where she belongs when the world she knows changes with a blink of an eye.
It’s about human nature. It’s about survival. It’s about freedom.
Collins creates a very likable character in Katniss Everdeen and surrounds her main character with a cast that is simply amazing. Every single character makes their mark in the story and when they’ve exited there is a feeling of great loss.
There is constant action dragging the reader through a world that is both brilliant and shadowy. You can barely take a breath.
The transition between the books is seamless and it’s as if you are reading one large tome. (Providing you have all three books on hand or purchased the “all-in-one” version)
If it weren’t for the fact that I gave myself a headache reading and had to stop, I would have finished the entire trilogy in three days. I was that engrossed in the story. It’s a rare thing for me to do – read that many books in such a short period.
My sister mentioned that she cried twice when she read the series. She told me what scenes they were and I could understand perfectly why. In the end, for me, it wasn’t something that happened to a character that made me cry – it was the description of a box. Yes, a box. Think about that for a moment. Now go get the series and read it for yourself.