You guys, I made it. I came late to the party as usual but I read the Hunger Games trilogy and it was fantastic! There’s not a lot of YA stuff I actually read. I never have, not even when I was a teenager – I was always reading books that were not really fit for my age but I didn’t care. The last series that falls into this category is the
Twishit Twilight saga and that was just plain stupid and boring and badly written with terrible characterisations.
The Hunger Games however, blew me away. From the first chapter in the first book on, I was hooked and eager to see how the story unfolds. The characters are fantastic, I love Katniss and Peeta and even the ever-drunk Haymitch. They are far from perfect but aren’t we all? The books have a fast pace and it was hard putting them away at night. The last one I read in only one day because I had to. I just needed to get to the end, the conclusion and find out what awaited the characters, how everything turns out.
It’s not a peaceful story, it’s dark and painful but so worth reading. I originally didn’t want to read it even though there was a lot of hype around it but every time I read the summary on Amazon I chickened out. Dystopia and suffering don’t make me come running because it doesn’t sound like good reading material but in the end, curiosity got the best of me. Thankfully. Just like it did in 7th or 8th grade with the Lord of the Rings.
To be honest though, I prefer the first 2 books. Mockingjay is a bit slow (not even sure if that is it) for my taste. You kind of know what everyone is dancing around and a lot of stuff seems to be happening without the prominent characters around. Instead there are a lot of hospital visits and days spent not doing anything real. Not really fighting but trying to figure out what will happen. Also, a lot of character deaths that I didn’t want to see. In the first 2 books, you are prepared for deaths because it’s the whole purpose of these Hunger Games and mostly characters die that you are not that emotionally invested in. Not so in Mockingjay. There go a lot of brave people and it feels like a waste. But then again, the final Harry Potter had a high death toll as well.
What I also have my problems with but which is probably a main focus of the story is how Katniss is always used in one way or another. She is always a player in some bigger scheme she has no clue even exists. She has amazing instincts and a head of her own which makes me like her even more but still she can only break away at times and never fully until she is left broken at the end. She is not a glorious heroine but rather a normal person trying to deal with the demons of her past that continue to haunt her. I really like her. I’m not ecstatic about the end but I guess it’s ok and a fair conclusion. I like it, just nothing big – nothing earth shattering.
I haven’t seen the movie yet but after I realised that I’ll be able to see the next 3 movies as they come out it makes me excited. I’m fully caught up with the story and ready for once.
‘May the odds be ever in your favour.’