Saturday, September 24, 2011

In the book bag: The Hunger Games

I know, I know-- again, I'm a bit late to the game on these books. They've been recommended to me so many times over the last few years, but I always hesitated to pick them up. Generally, YA dystopian novels are not a genre I usually gravitate towards, but I'm so glad I gave up my preconceived notions and read them anyways. I read them all in about a week (one of the perks of reading a series after all of them have been published-- no waiting!), so the plot lines blur together a bit for me, hence the three-in-one review. Let's get to it, shall we?

The Hunger Games tells the story of a teenaged girl living in a post-apocalyptic world, where all that's left of the United States is a small country called Panem, consisting of 12 different districts all ruled by the dictatorial Capitol. Every year, the Capitol requires each district to send one boy and one girl to the Capitol for the Hunger Games, a televised gladiatorial fight to the death. 

And that's all I'm going to say. The story is incredibly complex and grows in leaps and bounds from the original premise in ways that are both relevant and disturbing to our current society. I quickly got attached to the characters, and found myself flying through these books, unable to turn the pages quickly enough. I will say that the first and second books were quite different than the third, but I enjoyed all of them. I was surprised to see the third book get a less-than-stellar rating on goodreads, but I think it followed the story perfectly and was a necessary and realistic way to wrap up the novels.

Have you read the Hunger Games trilogy? (I'm sure many, many of you have :)) What did you think of them? 
As always, I'm constantly looking for a good new book to read-- I'd love to hear your recommendations below!


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