Spoiler alert: I will be talking about all three books in detail, and this may ruin plot points for you if you have not read the whole series.
As an English Major in college one hears book suggestions flying around often. But Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy was suggested to me by more people than I can remember. When everyone who had read this series read the whole thing in less than a week, it definitely peaked my interest. It turns out I was no different. I finished this series, which I was reading on my new Kindle, in just over a week. Collins does a great job in building her characters. Even though it is obvious that the narrator will not die in either Hunger Games, since the series is three books long, Collins still keeps the readers interested with all of the other characters in the book who are at liberty to die.
Collins puts her readers into the arena with Katniss, the narrator. Her descriptions are so riveting that the surroundings are easy to picture. Though the topic itself is somewhat morbid, seeing that 24 teenagers are sent out into an arena to fight to the death, it is still heart warming and intense. A political book at heart, Collins says a lot about governmental ruling and the coming together of the districts in the ultimate uprising that defeats the President. If you plan to read this book causally I will tell you that it is nearly impossible. These books are not ones you put down between chapters, Collins has mastered the ability to keep the reader hooked, no wonder everyone finishes these books so quickly, she has people in life threatening situations at the end of almost every chapter.
The end of the last chapter of the last book, Mockingjay is the one that I will criticize the most. Katniss has been through a lot in these series she has killed people, lost her sister, lost friends, caused friends’ death and became the leader of the rebel uprising without even knowing she was doing so. However, in reality the character seems almost unchanged in her personality from beginning to end. Yes, emotionally she is a different person, but she still seems like the confused, naive teenager that she was two years earlier, when the first book began. I also do not approve of the epilogue. Which is in the same fashion of J.K. Rowling, skipping ahead and showing the characters married with children just does not cut it for me. It did not work in Harry Potter and it does not work here. Not everything needs to be tied up in a little bow, and it would more believable and appropriate to leave Katniss in a wide unanswered abyss of emotional uncertainty.
Even though I did not love the ending I do wish there was more of the series. The world of Panem is intriguing and it would be fascinating to learn more about its development after the fall of President Snow and his twisted government. The movie of the first book comes out this year and from what I have seen of the trailer it should be entertaining. Since Collins was so specific with her descriptions it will be fascintaing to see if the movie re-creates everything the way the readers saw it in their own heads. I will be sure to write a review of the movie when it is released. And as always it will most likely be overly opinionated and very critical.
Happy New Year!