So very often, movies are adopted to popular books and then never do them justice. When I first heard of The Hunger Games (the film), I had not even heard of the trilogy. It was then my brother who informed me that they were some of his favorite books. Turns out I actually bought him the third book for Christmas last year. Ha… Since I’m quite familiar with the disappointment of watching films that do hardly any justice to the books that inspire them, I decided to wait and read the first book, The Hunger Games, until after I had seen it in theaters.
Maybe it’s because I watched it in theaters, but I absolutely loved the movie. I finished the book and quickly moved on to Catching Fire. While watching the movie, I easily predicted a crucial detail of the second. My foreshadowing didn’t make it any less exciting however. In the second book , I was also introduced to one of my favorite characters – Finnick Odair. Although he didn’t become one of my favorites – possibly even my favorite – until the third book, Mockingjay, which I finished just hours ago.
For those of you who haven’t finished the series, or may not even know the books (unlikely), let me catch you up to speed. You probably know the synopsis of the first book: Twelve different districts are controlled by the Capitol. Girl from District 12 volunteers in place of her sister for the annual hunger games, in which one victor emerges after killing the 23 other tributes. I won’t ruin the ending if you haven’t read/seen it yet.
Now for semi-spoilers. Here comes Catching Fire and Mockingjay without giving away too much detail.
In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta (victors from the previous hunger games) take their victory tour. Shortly after, they are selected to participate in the third Quarter Quell, or the 75th Hunger Games. At the end of the book, Katniss and some of her allies escape the arena and the rebellion against the Capitol is on. In Mockingjay, Katniss is thrown into a war she inspired whether she wants it or not.
It is in this third book, I believe Suzanne Collins ties together the entirety of her message. I have yet to meet a person who has read it that doesn’t hate it – myself being the exception. One can’t dispute the fact that the end of this trilogy is heartbreaking, but I think it’s what Collins needed to drive home the point she is trying to convey.
Easily a trilogy I recommend. Don’t stop at the first book or the second. Read to the end of Mockingjay, and tell me you aren’t affected (or at least feel a little something). Isn’t that what we read for anyway?
What did you think of the books? More opinions? Do your worst.