The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay. The Hunger Games series by Susanne Collins. Three wildly popular books detailing Katniss Everdeen’s struggle through life-and-death struggles in Panem. The first movie will be out in the spring!
I just finished reading this trilogy. I have to say, Mockingjay was my favorite out of the three, even if the author did kill off almost all of my favorite characters. Book one is sparingly written, with almost no details about the narrorator’s surroundings until she reaches the dreaded Capitol. Book two is slightly better, but the return to the arena makes it seem slightly redundant. In both, the characters have minimal characterization.
It’s the third book that makes you wish there were more. Finally, characters like Finnick Odair, Haymitch, and even Katniss herself have true depth to them. No more is Katniss a desperate girl in the middle of a deadly game she doesn’t understand. Now she is built as determined, loyal, sometimes a little self-pitying and violent as she tries to save her country from the endless cycle of war and destruction it’s in. No longer is Finnick Odair a shallow sex symbol. Now he is a man who loves a girl no one else can really stand be around, who was treated even worse after his winning the Hunger Games than before or during the Games themselves. No longer is Haymitch a drunken slob, but now…well, actually, he’s still a bit of a drunken slob, but his character is rounded out by a shrewdness he didn’t show in the first two books.
All in all, a very good read. I couldn’t put Mockingjay down last night until my mom made me, it was that compelling and suspenseful in places!
Neat tidbit: Susanne Collins also wrote the Underland Chronicles, which I really enjoyed.