Cover of The Hunger Games
Written by Suzanne Collins
Books #11, 12, 13 of 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Books
First Edition: 2008, 2009, 2010
My Edition: e-books (onread.com)
Original Language: English
I picked up The Hunger Games because my friend Brianne was really excited about how awesome it was. Laughable, Bree, laughable.
*WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*
The books are about a government who keeps control of its citizens by scaring them into not rebelling. But eventually, the citizens get so scared that they’re angry and a rebellion breaks out. The lead character is a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is the face of the rebellion, even though she doesn’t know why. She came from “District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety.” (Hunger Games) After asking to be put into the Hunger Games in place of her baby sister, Katniss rebels against the Capitol by forcing them to let both her and the other District 12 tribute, Peeta, to live. (There was only supposed to be one survivor.) So the Capitol got super angry. All of a sudden, because of that, Katniss became the face of the rebels.
The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the Mockingjay. The one that survived the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion. (Catching Fire)
Cover of Book #2, Catching Fire
Let me review my thoughts.
1. I’m super mad that she killed off my favorite characters. Cinna and Finnick… for real?
2. She passed off Gale like she didn’t know what to do with him at the end of the series.
3. Katniss was an IDIOT.
- She had no confidence. Anytime someone would try to build her up, she shot herself down.
“I didn’t do much, really,” I say.
“You have to give yourself some credit for what you’ve done in the past,” says Boggs. What I’ve done in the past? I think of the trail of destruction in my wake — my knees weaken and I slide down to a sitting position.
“That’s a mixed bag.” (Mockingjay)
- She is easily manipulated. Katniss always went along with the rebels because she was an angry, emotional coward, even though she didn’t agree with their way of living or their war tactics.
She is childish. Peeta and Haymitch would lie to her to keep her safe from the Capitol and to keep her from overreacting, and then when she figured it out, she freaked. She was predictable and over-excitable and easily angered and untrusting: aka childish.
- She used Peeta. And then she used Gale. Bitch.
4. The series ended very abruptly. One second Katniss is depressed and ready to kill herself, the next she’s married and has kids, with pretty much zero transition. Granted, it was the Epilogue. But you don’t just jump from Last Chapter: “I’m going to kill myself,” to Epilogue: “I’m happily married with two kids.” What the heck? I felt blindsided.
Cover of Book #3, Mockingjay
Now, granted, this was written for teenagers – a target audience about 4-10 years younger than myself.
I was really expecting this to be a lot better because according to the statistics of the book, it’s as popular as Harry Potter. After finishing, I just had to ask, “WHY?!” Do not fret! I have a theory: This trilogy is FULL of Stick-It-To-The-Man type crap, and in this generation, that’s what people are hungry for – stories that are very anti-government. And that’s exactly what Ms. Collins gave them. Which, I think, is a very good time for this:
But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self destruction. (Mockingjay)
With that thought, I will depart.
Happy reading, friends.