Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Hunger Games

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
The Final Book of The Hunger Games
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (Aug 24 2010,) Hardcover: 400 pages, ISBN-10: 0439023513, ISBN-13: 978-0439023511


The districts and The Capital are at war with each and Katniss was the catalyst. This story centres on Katniss as the rebels prepare to fight. The only problem is The Capital has Peeta and they are torturing him. This is a story of how the slaves try to correct the unfair balance of power and the resulting consequences, which include both revenge and redemption.

Mockingjay is the final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It is a young adult, dystopian science fiction that takes place on Panem, which was once the continent of North America, at an unknown futuristic date. The story is told in a first person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Suzanne Collins has also written The Underland Series plus a couple of other books written for youths.

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two, but it still held my interest right up to the last page. Even in the last chapter I was not sure where the story was going. Once Katniss was brought into district 13 and introduced to President Coin, I began to question how different are the rebels to the Capital? Yes, The Capital is filled with privileged people whose comforts and entertainments are all at the expense of the districts, but District 13’s treatment of its prisoners, shows that they really are no different. I was surprised at the ending, but felt that Katniss’ decisions perhaps addressed some of my questions.

Mockinjay is a good ending to a good series. If you enjoy reading dystopian science fiction books that are aimed at young adults, then you should give this series a try. Just be sure to read the books in order.

Questions to ponder:

As the story unfolded, I began to wonder just what kind of world will it be if The Capital is defeated?

Will the slaves in the districts really become free, or will they just become new slaves to the new president and district 13? (I know this was answered somewhat by the book, but still something to think about.)
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Hunger Games

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
The Hunger Games Trilogy: Book 2
Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (July 1 2010), Paperback: 384 pages, ISBN-10: 0439023521, ISBN-13: 978-0439023528


For the first time in 74 years there are two survivors in the annual hunger games. Katniss and Peeta have just beat the system and came out as victors, just to face the games once again but this time with shocking results.

Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It is a young adult, dystopian science fiction that takes place on Panem, which was once the continent of North America, at an unknown futuristic date. The story is told in a first person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Suzanne Collins has also written The Underland Series plus a couple of other books written for youths.

The story started out a bit slow, but quickly built up steam and the pressure kept building and building to an exciting, shocking and unexpected ending.  I enjoyed the writing, especially the detailed pictures describing the arena and the events that occurred within.  This is an original series with an interesting look at what happens when a small group of elitists suppress the masses into slavery.

I enjoyed this book, I am curious to see where the story is going so I will read the next book in the series. If you enjoy reading dystopian science fiction books that are aimed at young adults, then you should give this series a try. Just be sure to read the books in order.
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Hunger Games

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
The Hunger Games Trilogy: Book 1
Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (July 1 2010), Paperback: 384 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0439023521, ISBN-13: 978-0439023528

 

How would you feel to be forced to watch your children murder each other in an annual televised event? The Hunger Games is a futuristic novel about an oppressive state abusing its people and how they respond to this treatment. First we meet Katniss, a resourceful 16 year old girl, who is solely responsible to keep her family fed and alive. She does this by illegally hunting wild animals in the forest surrounding their village.

As the story unfolds we learn that once a year two teenagers from each district are selected to engage in the hunger games.  This is where twenty-four youths are made to compete against each other in the Capital in a staged arena until just one child is left alive. Katniss becomes one the participants and we experience this horrific situation with her as she struggles to stay alive.

This is the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It is a young adult, science fiction book that takes place on Panem, which was once the continent of North America, at an unknown futuristic date. The story is told in a first person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Suzanne Collins has also written The Underland Series plus a couple of other books written for youths.

The tale is well told and interesting. I was captivated from the first page and I felt intrigued right up to the end of the book. I really came to care about the main character Katniss. I was curious to see what she was going to do and how she was going to respond to the terrible environment she was forced to live.

However, I found the premise to be unbelievable based on the world that was created. I did not think there was enough justification to enforce people to watch and endure their children’s death in a meaningless game. In addition, there were also a couple of plot holes.  At times, Katniss comes across as very resourceful and smart. Other times, she is really dense. This is a standalone story which builds to a suspenseful but somewhat transparent ending.

I enjoyed this book, I am curious to see where the story is going so I will read the next book in the series. If you enjoy reading science fiction books, and you have some spare time, then you should give this book a try.

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