Author: Suzanne Collins
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Description: The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in a dystopian North America after our society’s downfall, where the powerful and oppressive Capitol now reigns. For their own entertainment, every year the Capitol picks 24 tributes at random, two from each district, to battle it out in their notorious Hunger Games until there is only one tribute left standing.
In District 12, seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen is fighting both starvation and the cruel Capitol to keep herself and her family alive. When her younger sister is chosen as one of the tributes to play in the Hunger Games, she has no choice but to volunteer herself to go in her sister's place. The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss' battle to survive the Games and eventually, to fight against the Capitol itself.
Without a doubt, The Hunger Games is my new all-time favorite series. That is just how good these books are. It literally took me within a day to read each book, and I only took that long because I had this cumbersome thing called school cutting into my reading time. The divides between the three books have mostly blurred together for me because of how quickly I read them and how perfectly they meld with eachother to create an outstanding story. Because of this, I've decided to review all three books as one. If you read one I assure you that you will be reading all of them anyway. As always, I promise not to give anything away.
Talk of The Hunger Games trilogy is everywhere, from the internet, to the local library, to all of your friends at school. If you haven't heard about them by now, all I have to say to you is this: read them. Trust me. When I first heard whisperings of how amazing the series was I was skeptical and thought I would just read it eventually. By the time I finally got around to it I was mad at myself for waiting so long to read something so epic.
According to GoodReads, the first book alone won 28 different literary awards, and all three of the books took turns as a #1 bestseller for either New York Times or USA Today (source). That's a feat measureable to that of the Twilight saga and even the Harry Potter series. So, obvioiusly, I'm not the only one who thinks they are amazing; millions do from all over the world!
What's good about them- the writing, the story, the characters? All of it! Seriously. They are full to the brim with action, suspense, fear, danger, death, and even some romance. I felt everything that Katniss felt, which was breathtaking. Being so afraid to sleep because your throat could be slit by another tribute without you knowing they were even there. Looking another person in the eyes, someone who could be your friend, and knowing that you will have to kill that person by any means becuase if you don't, they will have to kill you. These emotions and so many more became mine as I read, so powerful and frightening that it made me love the books even more for being able to do that to me. It wasn't all doom and gloom emotions though- Katniss's fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, is sweet and often does his best to lighten the mood. To be honest though, I think the "doom and gloom" is one of the story's best attributes. Most authors seem to be afraid to kill people or put their beloved characters in real danger, but Collins does this and more, resulting in a story that makes your heart pound with fear and palms sweat with excitement. With The Hunger Games you can trully say that you didn't know what was going to happen.
Looking at some of the over 65 thousand reviews for The Hunger Games on GoodReads, the vast majority raving about it, I saw that some of the reviews weren't as positive. Upon reading these reviews I understood why. So, let me correct myself. You will absolutely adore these books unless you have the tolerance for violence (fake, book violence no less) and stomach of a sheltered 4 year old girl. Or you think you're a hipster and it's much to mainstream to like something so amazing. And sorry this isn't a children's book and there isn't any corny moral of the story you realize at the end. This book is like real life- it is unforgiving and cruel. And that is exactly why I love it.
In all seriousness though, not everyone will love this series. The large majority, but not everyone. Maybe it isn't your genre. Maybe you have a problem with violence. Maybe you are just a werido- what? Anyway, I still think that everyone should definitely give these books a try just in case these become your new all time favorite series too.
If I haven't convinced you to read this series by now, then perhaps you've wandered off to the wrong website or something.. I'd say your best bet is to check out the coloring books at your local toy store.
What more is there to say but "read it!"?
This series consists of my all-time favorite books, ever. I love everything about them and sincerelly hope you read them and enjoy them just as much as I did. I admit that the first book is my favorite from the trilogy, though, as I said, I do love all three.