I just finished the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins last night. Now, I have to say, I am not a big fan of “science fiction” or “dystopian” literature, but this series was fantastic! Though aimed at young adults, I feel that adults would really enjoy it too. Here are summaries (and a few thoughts from me) for the three books. Oh, if you think you might want to read the trilogy, just read the review for The Hunger Games and skip the rest until you finish the books! I would hate to be a spoiler for anyone! Enjoy!
The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a rich Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected at random and forced to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or “tributes”, must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss’s life by giving her bread when her family was starving. Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, where they meet the other tributes and are publicly displayed to the Capitol audience.”
Catching Fire: “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. Afterall, she has returned to her family and to 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. 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. Not to mention, they end up becoming part of the “Quarter Quell”–the 75th Hunger Games–in a way they never thought could happen again!”
This was a fast-paced, action filled story from the start. The ending leaves the reader wanting more!
Mockingjay: “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 out 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.”
I loved this book! It was a perfect ending to a blood-pumping, thought provoking trilogy. I felt all the ends were tied up and I wasn’t left with lingering questions or thoughts…just contentment at having read a wonderful story.
I highly recommend this trilogy. If you haven’t read any of the books, you are lucky as you can devour them one after the other without any wait in between! And believe me, you will want to!