Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Why I picked it: A few months back I got a Kindle. For a while I was only reading free content. Amazon kept recommending the first book in the trilogy to me. Eventually, the cost didn't bother me so much and I bought it. After reading the first book, there wasn't a second thought given to buying the rest of the trilogy.
What it's about: The stage is set in a place called Panem. It is North America without the US. Within Panem, there is a central Capitol where all the money and power lies. Supporting the Capital are 13 districts. One district was destroyed after rebelling against the Capital. Each year, the Hunger Games pit 2 children from each of the remaining 12 districts against one another to fight to the death for the Capital's amusement. And as a reminder of who's really in charge. The book is set at the start of the 74th Hunger Games. Simply put it is about a girl and her fight for survival.
My Rating: 5/5
Where it took me: I was Katniss Everdeen. As I read, I understood her decisions and made them with her. She got my pity and my respect. I loved those around her. Seeing them through her eyes, I got to know them and wondered about them when she was focused elsewhere. These books took me to her world where I could experience a life I hope to never actually live.
Even more, my heart and soul ached thinking about the world Suzanne Collins created. Themes on desensitization, war, gluttony and power stood out. But I also read love, loyalty, compassion and hope. As I think about the book more objectively, each character stands as a commentary of some quality and the positive and negative effects it can have on the wearer.
In the month since I bought the first book, I haven't completely pushed the story out of my mind. Upon finishing the third book, I had to go back to the first one and start all over again. I'm so glad I did! Reliving their stories a second time I learned more about the characters I barely registered the first time through and began to see the depth of the story. I'm giving the books a rest for a little while, but I'll definitely be revisiting them again in the not so distant future. Maybe once I go more than a day without thinking about them.