My Impressions of the Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
I have tried not to spoil the story but there are hints here and there that may reveal the story. I have attempted as best I can not to reveal to much, but please be aware of the possibly of such.
Book One: The Hunger Games
In a future distopia called Panem there are 12 districts and a capital. It appears that there use to be 13 districts but there was a rebellion that resulted in the 13ths destruction. A direct result of this rebellion's failure is the practice of the Hunger Games. Every year a boy and a girl is randomly selected from each district to fight to the death in the games much like gladiators in Rome.
Enter Katniss Everdeen. A young girl who's life has been hard since her father died in a mining accident. She illegally hunts in the woods outside the district to keep her mother, with drawn from her husband's death, and little sister alive. The day for selecting the participants in the Hunger Games arrives and push comes to shave, she ends up in the Hunger Games.
Things are livened up with cross plots and star-crossed lovers. One of which is only playing the role to stay alive.
My Impressions of Book One:
Very original as stories go. The writing style is first person. This bugged me, but the story is compelling enough to keep me reading. Overall the impression I got was a well thought out plot with plenty of twists to keep the readers on the edge of their seats.
Book Two: Catching Fire
Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games (Come on! There was a book 2 & 3! Just take that for granted please.) but in doing so in her own devious way she has accidentally incited uprisings in other districts and incurred the wrath of President Snow, the snakish dictator of Panem. Now Katniss needs to try to prove she is not inciting or supporting any seeds of rebellion. If she doesn't all she holds dear is at risk of destruction.
To make things more interesting, the 75th Hunger Games is this year and every 25 years there is "something special" that happens. This year that something special is were past victors go into the games again, something that Katniss thought thought she was free from.
My Impressions of Book Two:
This book was interesting from the plot prospective but I really only read it to finish the story at one point. It felt rather artificial and difficult to read. The ending twist redeemed the book somewhat. In the over all story line this book is a must read to understand the entire story and to be honest it isn't as hard to read as some books I have read for pleasure in the past.
Note for Parents:
This book series contains violence. Kids under the age of 13 are not recommended to read these books.
Book Three: Mockingjay
Summary: This book is where the story arch comes to a head. Without giving way too much this is where Katniss comes into her own and deals with some major issues. This book has a change of pace and brings a realistic ending to a story arch that kept me interested to the end.
My Impressions of Book Three:
First are the impressions of other people. Before I read this I was told the ending was awful. I have to disagree. This book and the resulting ending rounds out the story perfectly. There is tragedy, there is success, there is failure, there is joy and there was pain. To me, this book redeemed the story and made this book series worthy of being on my bookshelf and be a series I would comfortably recommend to young adults.
The Hunger Games Movie
Per IMDB the first book is due to be made into a movie. I personally have issues with this. Some books are made to be made into movies while others not so much. I will reserve total judgement until I see the end results but based off of past experience from similar books Hollywood has a tendency of destroying a good story with rare exceptions. I will remain skeptical until I am proven otherwise.