The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay (The Hunger Games series)
by Suzanne Collins
Synopsis: Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun...
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
My Opinion: Awesome!
It's official, I've joined the club of the Hunger Games fans.
To be honest, I tend to be wary about the successful YA series after Twilight but since those books (and the movie) are such hot topics, I've decided to bring the 3 installments in my suitcase for the holidays and I'm glad I did.
I watched the movie first and found it nice but nothing extraordinary, I thought it was a bit lacking and after reading the book, I now know why.
Let me tell you one thing: the movie is nice but nothing compared to the novel! For example, I didn't like Peeta in the movie, I thought he sounded off and seemed like a real manipulator. In the book, he was my favourite character... yes, you can imagine my surprise while turning the pages.
I was definitely and surprisingly pleased by this series. I wasn't expecting much and ended up reading the 3 books in a few days with great pleasure.
Suzanne Collins managed to create a rich universe and a thrilling and fascinating plot. I loved the characters, even Katniss though I often have difficulties with YA heroines. She isn't your typical teenager, she is not a hero not matter how much they try to turn her into one, she's just a young girl that wants nothing more than protect her family. She has flaws, she's far from perfect and that is exactly what I liked about her.
What I also loved was that the author didn't make concessions in her story. She didn't hesitate to hurt or kill a character to further the plot even if that meant bringing tears to her readers' eyes. I was even surprised by how dark it was sometimes for a YA series.
As for the love triangle... well, I have no complaints about it, I thought it was nicely written and not too focused on which is great for someone like me that has little interest in romance.
All in all, I loved that trilogy and I already know I'll read it again. I can't wait to see how they'll adapt the 2nd and 3rd installments!
To summarize: I can't emphasize enough how you should give this series a try if you like the genre.