Guys, I am so sorry I’ve been so inactive lately. It’s been nearly two whole weeks since my last post! I’ve been so busy with finishing uni, and working. I had a whole week off last week, as I went home to visit my family, but typically the internet there wasn’t working, so I had no way of posting then either!
It’s taken me a while to get this review written and posted – I actually finished the final installment of the trilogy last month.
Anyway, I LOVED this trilogy! It was exciting from beginning to end and I fully got lost in the world.
I’m actually sad it’s over, but I still have the films to watch, as I managed to avoid them until I’d read all of the books! Here’s what I thought of each book:
Book #1: The Hunger Games
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
May the odds be ever in your favour.
First of all let’s just get it over and done with. You’re probably thinking “How have you only just read this?!” I’m thinking the same. Why did I wait so long to read this book? It was amazing. I was completely and utterly hooked on it from the first chapter, and it just kept on getting more and more exciting as it went on.
I found it refreshing that Katniss was stern in her personality. It made an extremely nice change from the usual mopey female protagonist. I liked her fire, and the fact that she was not taking any (insert stronger word here) “rubbish” from anyone. Bravo Katniss. I found Peeta a tad bit mushy, but I love him anyway. His protectiveness over Katniss was inspiring, and lets be honest, we could all do with a Peeta in our lives – am I right?!
The actual action part of this book for me was the best feature. It was constant, extremely quick paced and I just did not want to put it down! It was appropriately gruesome in places, and the description made the world come alive. A brilliant piece of writing.
I took a 1 book gap before moving onto book 2.
Book #2: Catching Fire
Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.
The first few chapters of this book just didn’t do it for me I’m afraid. It took me a while to get into, and I couldn’t bring myself to read past the first chapter for about a week and a half.
However, when I finally managed to get past all of the boring exposition stuff at the beginning of this book – the parts where it says how Katniss is getting on in her new house (or not), more hunting in the woods without Gale, blah. – I enjoyed it. “The Quarter Quell will select it’s tributes from the existing victors”: Now THAT’S more like it! Again, the Games were thrilling, even more so this time than the first, which I why I still managed to give this book a 5 star rating on Goodreads, although it’s probably more of a 4.75, but I rounded up. Because I’m nice.
The ending of this book KILLED me. What a great last line! I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it, if there is anyone left out there. But phew, I went straight onto the last book!
Book #3: Mockingjay
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.
The final installment in this series was very different to the first two books. I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I found Katniss has lost all of her fire – intentional, maybe so, but she wasn’t a very interesting voice to narrate the book anymore. I found her weak an uninspiring, potentially the opposite of what the Mockingjay was supposed to be.
For me, it was Peeta’s development that kept me going through this one. I wanted to know if he would remember how he loved Katniss again.
One of my favourite quotes from this book is:
“You love me, real or not real?
Can I also just say how horrible Gale turns out to be?! I really didn’t like him in this book, I thought he was really arrogant and I just couldn’t understand how Katniss could possibly even consider having feelings for him when they share completely opposite views.
Unpopular opinion? Perhaps
Aside from my negative feelings about the main characters in this book, I did enjoy it. Again, the action plot was brilliant to read, and I think that regardless of Katniss’ downward spiral and lack of personality, the journey that the trilogy has taken me on was well worth the read. The ending was also beautiful and I wish there could’ve been more, I’d really like to know more about Katniss and Peeta’s lives in the new Panem.
I’ve now managed to watch the first two films of this series, and I think they’re great. The first one changes a few things around, which I didn’t like too much, especially the fact that Madge doesn’t give Katniss the Mockingjay pin, but it was still good all the same. The second one is much more true to the book and I actually enjoyed it more than the first opposite to my opinions of the books!)
I imagine I’ll be watching the last two films in the coming weeks