“The Hunger Games” is a trilogy that has sweeped the nation. Everyone I know has either read or is hastily reading it right now. I just finished the third and final book last night, and I must say that I cried. I not only cried because of the ending, but also because it is over.
***CAUTION*** This entry contains spoilers!!!
This trilogy was absolutely amazing, and I could not put it down. It took me four days to finish the “Hunger Games” one very long Sunday night to finish “Catching Fire” and three days to finish “Mockingjay.” I could literally not put them down. When I finished “Hunger Games,” I grew frantic and asked everyone I knew if they had the next book. They all replied by saying that they either were reading right now, had not gotten it yet, or got it from the school library. But when I checked the school library, all copies were lent out and there was a waiting list of about 23 people. Luckily, my cousin had the book and let me borrow it. And then “Mockingjay” proved harder to find. Until a friend of mine was talking about and I asked him to lend it to me. Which he did :)
“The Hunger Games” is about a futuristic America. Although, it’s not America anymore; it’s Panem. The book is based in a post-war era, apparently we all got into a big fight and nearly killed out our entire race. After the fighting stopped, the head honchos were afraid of it happening again, so they decided to create the Hunger Games. Each district, there were 13 but District 13 was bombed, chooses two children (under the age of 18, older than 8), one boy and one girl. They are then sent into an arena where they fight to the death against the other tributes. There is to be only one victor, which leaves 23 grieving families.
When eight year old Primrose is chosen out of the bowl to be the tribute for District 12, the poorest of all districts, her sister, Katniss, takes her place. As Katniss endures the Hunger Games, she is faced with hundreds of challenges. Having to fight against a friend of hers, losing an ally, and the Gamemakers trying to kill her makes for a very intense book. However, she makes it out alive, along with the other District 12 tribute Peeta. When all the other tributes have died, they decide to take poisonous berries so that they die together. But the Gamemakers stop them, saying that they can both live on.
That is just the first book. And Suzanne Collins does something that I thought was nearly impossible to do; she made the second and third books equally as amazing and heart-wrenching. I cried at least once in each book. The amazing outcomes, the loses, and the love that comes from all of this is spectacular. I give many thanks to Suzanne for writing these books.
However, I have one suggestion for you, Ms. Collins, I think that there should also be at least one book done from Peeta’s point of view. If you want to do only one of the books in his view, make it Mockingjay. It would be amazing and your fans would adore you for it!
But, as it stands, “The Hunger Games” is on my list for “Favorite Books.” And I plan to read them again and again!