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My Impressions of the Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Updated on December 13, 2016

Author's Warning!

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.


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    Brian 5 years ago from Utah

    I understand you feelings about the books Tactical View, but I felt the ending was realistic. It wasn't a Disney ending and I think that is what got most people. What is more, the second book book seemed almost a weird repeat of the first while the third changed the pace completely which threw a lot of people off. But I like unusual and I love surprises. More and more I think we are abandoning the mundane for the surprising. I think that is why the works of Joss Whedon are becoming more popular. A good author should keep their readers guessing and should also be willing to throw the odd wrench in their own story to make it more life-like and personal.

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    Tactical View 5 years ago

    I read all three books, and enjoyed them well enough. However, I was very disappointed in the third book and the overall ending. It was not what I was I expected nor what I would like to have happen in a story of struggle and conflict. Additionally I felt the author was somewhat lazy in her writing approach. Overall series B-

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    Michelle 6 years ago from Connecticut

    I have read all three books and am not reading them with my class.

    The first one I felt was a little hard to get into at first, but it picked up quickly and I couldn't put it down. The first person pov didn't bother me, although at times Katniss' cluelessness on how to communicate and read people was frustrating.

    With the second book I felt it was extremely slow in the beginning and didn't pick up until they were back in the arena. This was my least favorite because of how slow it began. But you're right, the twist at the end made up for it.

    The third book was as good as the first and had my draw dropping a few times.

    My class is about to start the third book this coming week and I can't wait to see their reactions!!