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Hungry for more? – Review of The Hunger Games Trilogy

July 14, 2012

When it comes to reviewing anything, you must first take into account that the genre relating to the piece in question may not appeal to everyone, it may not even appeal toyou as a critic, so you need to show perspective in the way you review a film or programme, but when it comes to reviewing a book, there is another thing you need to account for.

I have never been a big reader, mainly because reading a book takes a lot more concentration. When you watch a television there is little effort required; but when you read a book, well, a book requires imagination and perseverance to truly enjoy it. It is rare that I find a book that keeps me determined to read more. One book series that I couldn’t put down was of course, the famous Harry Potter saga. Although, I recently went on holiday and decided this was my chance to broaden my intellect and indulge in a bit of reading.


As the Hunger Games has recently been released as a film, after already hearing promising things about the film itself, I took this as an opportunity to review a book before seeing its motion picture remake.

Initially I bought the first book, with the expectation of it to be fairly dramatic and gruesome, as all I knew about the plot was that it is centred on a some futuristic tradition entitled “The Hunger Games.”

The book is written from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the future. In her world, the human race has decreased and every year the “Capitol” hosts an event called The Hunger Games, which was a result of a previous uprising. The games consist of choosing two children from each district to fight a battle to the death to remind them of the pain and suffering the Capitol’s power can have.

At the end of each chapter, Suzanne Collins (Author) made it her mission to encourage me to read on, and she succeeded. Every chapter left my imagination filled with colours, textures, imagery and emotion that I couldn’t have conjured without her.

The first book has a variety of moments that literally left me gasping out loud. Not only is The Hunger Games an active battle to the death, it incorporates an unpredictable but heart-warming love story. The idea to bring together the ideas of conflicting emotions between the tributes of the ‘The Hunger Games’ meant that the book shows appeal to both men and women and a variety of ages. Each twist had me hungry for more so I decided to continue through the trilogy.

The second book starts with a sense of happiness, but after the first book, you assume that it will certainly not have a happy ending. One of the biggest shock moments of the second book was almost slightly predictable. It is hard to describe much of the plot without giving too much away of the first books ending, but I was still balancing on the edge of my sun lounger with every turned page.

The third book climaxes to an emotional ending, although not necessarily a satisfying one.  There are still some moments that will have you eager to pursue the book to it’s finale, but you have to have a little more patience to reach it. The final few chapters are fast paced and had me craving for it’s movie remake, just to see how any director could follow in the footsteps of an author who can paint such beautiful mental pictures and more importantly, create such real and thought-provoking characters.

Overall, this trilogy will be one you will want to read again and again. With it’s disturbing plot yet romantic character entanglements, it has everything you need. Fast-paced yet seductively real, I am more than looking forward to seeing the motion picture versions and the films that will follow.


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