Author: Suzanne Collins
Title: The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
ISBN: 9781407109084 / 9781407109367 / 9781407109374
‘Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever.’
It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally read these books. I spent a lot of time avoiding them, thinking ‘oh, I don’t read YA’ and ‘if everyone is going to talk about it, I don’t want to read it.’ After all, I’ve been disappointed by other books that people talk about all the time (*ahem* FSoG).
However, a friend of mine picked up the film and we watched it together and let me tell you, I enjoyed the hell out of that movie. I’ve watched it again since!
Me being me, well I HAD to read the books after that.
The Hunger Games took me three days, reading it in the evenings and on the loo. Catching Fire too me two days. Mockingjay took my one night. As much as I hate to say it, once I started reading these books nothing else in the world existed (except my boys, obviously!) until I was done reading them. I loved them!
I loved the Katniss character, Haymitch was fantastic and even more than that, the concept of a broken world in which children are required to fight to the death for entertainment just did me in. These books are predominantly action, but there is enough of Katniss in there (its written in the first person) to give it an emotional edge. I can certainly tell that the piece is YA, and with subject matter as dark as what Suzanne decided to cover, it may have been even better if written for adults. Just the same, it rolls along at a nippy pace that keeps you turning the pages without overwhelming you.
The cast of characters, including the bit parts, are brilliant and have just enough of their own tales to be interesting, without taking away from Katniss.
I’m not going to go on and on, I like these reviews to be brief, but I really do feel that these books are worth reading. Take a peep at the film if you’re not convinced, because I feel that the film did a good job of relaying the action over. Then if you’re interested in a deeper look into Katniss’ motivations and thoughts, read the book.
That said, I’m very much interested in what Catching Fire has to offer when the film releases in 2013.