Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins
Scholastic, Inc.

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

A few days ago I finished reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the last two books of the Hunger Games Series, and I'm still speechless….. Oh my god. 

I don't remember exactly when was the first time I saw The Hunger Games cover. I just remember that that time I was a 100%-vampire-girl, so, I didn't care too much about this book. I mean, the main idea was gorgeous, but I don't think I gave it enough attention that time. 

A few months ago in December, I got the first book. When I started reading it, I thought for a moment it was another YA dystopian story, but I continue reading, and I was amazed with story, with the plot, with incredible idea of the Hunger Games, the Capitol, Panem, the Districts…  Katniss, Peeta… and all those great characters. It was a great book, and I was happy to read it… finally.

But, I wasn't expecting for what I read in the next two books. I mean… the plot is awesome, the characters continue with their greatness… but the story is cruel, harsh… and heartless… and sad… I felt really bad in some scenes… This book is not a normal YA book… not a normal dystopian story, where the girl falls in love for a nice guy, and they are going to try to solve their problems… (Like Matched, Delirium) this story is not like that…  This story is about war, destruction, loss, freedom, madness and death… Not a teen book after all. 

After finishing it, I only could think about the story, the end… the way they suffered so much… And now I see it clearly,  this is not a fairy tale… this is not a story with a 100%-Happy-Ending. This book will give you a lot to think about… and it's not an easy book to forget.

A Must Read

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