The Hunger Games trilogy

This is one trilogy that I cannot write about. I mean, I love it so much! Yet, here I am. Because I loved it so much that I think my blog will be honoured to have this here. Okay, that was too much of a love declaration.

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 I love sci-fi. But that’s not the reason why I love this trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Throughout the trilogy – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, there is something about Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist that made me want to cling on to this through night and day until I could store it all up neatly in the deep pit of my tummy. Yeah, I devoured it. For such is the character of the protagonist. The love that the author has for Katniss’ character shows through the pages. And really, that’s not something you see about often.

The trilogy starts off with Katniss introducing the storyline. Here, I must admit that I was a little not too impressed. But that was only for about 10 pages. Once I started to know more about the nation of Panem, the ruthless Capitol that dictates the 12 districts in the most outrageous of ways and the hunger games, I just couldn’t stop.

The Capitol has its own way of entertainment – the Hunger Games. Each district sends in 2 children beteen 12 an 18 years drawn through lots for the game.   These participants have to fight it off on the arena until one is left standing. When Katniss volunteers to save her sister Prim, her character awes you. And when Katniss makes the first kill in the arena, with not much remorse, you like her more. While evil is not always the answer to evil, viewing it as justice meted out to evil changes everything. And what makes one appreciate the sequence is the kind of understanding and worldy wisdom that 12-18 year olds show in the series. Call me blinded by love, but there really is a lot more to the story than that observable on first glance.

A post-American America as some say. An inhuman Capitol. 12 districst that contribute in different ways – electronics, agriculture, coal etc. And this strong, honourable,independent and heroic  Katniss.  And then, there are the rest who you will love equally – Gale, Peeta, Rue, Prim and ofcourse Haymitch. Children suffering, unable to walk away.

If there is one thing I wanted more of, it would be history. How did this come about? Why were some of the customs in place at all? and so on..

Yet, all the 3 books impressed me immensely. I highly recommend it. Else, atleast the movie, though am yet to watch the first one.

Have you read this already? How do you feel about the series? Who is your favourite character?

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33 comments

  1. Destination Infinity · May 16, 2013

    I have come across hunger games, so many times. Everyone seems to love it! Perhaps I should read it some day too. I was not aware of the other two books of the series! Does this series come under Sci-Fi? I think I would like to read the book first, than watch the movie.

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · May 16, 2013

      Oh, please do DI ! Yeah, kind of sci-fi, actually. Totally recommended. I haven’t watched the movie, but experience says books should come first 🙂

  2. greenboochi · May 16, 2013

    I should get this series sometimes.. have heard a lot of good about them and now hearing it from you, I should get it, like now! 😛

  3. Filter Kaapi · May 16, 2013

    😀 I loved the first part completely and totally fell in love with Katniss. I liked the movie as well but the character sketching of Katniss and Peta and other detailing are better in the book.

    Erm.. I didn’t like the subsequent parts so much. They were okay in parts. Somehow, it looked like the Twilight protagonist took over Katniss.

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      Well, the 1st part is my favourite too. But, you know what I felt? I thought it was definitely not Twilightish though there is romance 🙂 I saw it morel ike feelings and conflict – but that’s me 🙂
      Moreover, I haven’t read Twilight ever! Just watched the first movie and am done 😛

  4. Swaram · May 16, 2013

    Yet to read. Kind of heard mixed reviews about it and hence have been keeping it on the pending list 😉 Ur review ofcos tilts the pendulum the positive way 😀

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      I hope you get to read it sometime 🙂 Not everyone’s flavour ofcourse, but I enjoyed it. If you read it, do let me know how you felt 🙂

      • Swaram · May 17, 2013

        Sure 😀

  5. Jas · May 16, 2013

    So many people are talking about it. I don’t know now why I have been avoiding it for so long. May be the premise is not of that much interest to me.

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      Hmmmm. I admit the first few pages didn’t really captivate me but eventually got hooked! If you ahppen to get a chance, then let me know if you enjoyed 🙂

  6. Titaxy · May 16, 2013

    I loved the series too! At first I was too skeptical about getting my hands on these books because I heard mixed reviews, plus I didn’t know if the whole premise of ‘hunger games’ was something I would enjoy reading about. But I am so glad I picked these up and read them all.

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      I can so relate to that ! Glad to know you enjoyed them 🙂

  7. Nilu A · May 16, 2013

    I still haven’t read the 2nd and 3rd series.. I bought Catching Fire a little while ago and keep thinking to read it.. Will try to finish before the movie release.. I’m a new blogger… Do visit my blog.. http://kitchenserenity.blogspot.in/

    • kismitoffeebar · May 20, 2013

      Hi Nilu!

      Welcome here! 🙂 I would reco it then! Thanks for the link. I will drop by. Welcome to the blogworld! 🙂

  8. Amit · May 16, 2013

    I have seen the movie and it was alright. I guess the novel might be better in that sense. The movie was a tad too long.

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      ah. Maybe! Yet to watch the movie. Hope you liek the books better! 🙂

  9. MomWithaDot · May 17, 2013

    As I die hard optimist who loves to believe the world would be a better place tomorrow (not as in the next day, of course!) I couldn’t get myself to lay hands on a book that predicts the exact opposite. Basically live and let live v/s the jungle law, survival of the fittest. Well, I could have treated it as just another story and picked it up for its literary pleasure (maybe?) but the joy of reading for me, is all about the wonder, the what if? that the story presents. At that level, I didn’t expect I’d derive any pleasure from this one.

  10. kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

    Hmmmmm. Well, then the end (so-called) may leave you happy after all ! 🙂 But yes, I know what you mean. The games are gory but it is the hope that something right will happen that played an important part in keeping the suspense alive as well 🙂

  11. The Girl Next Door · May 17, 2013

    I have heard loads of good things about this series, but haven’t read it yet. It just doesn’t sound like something I would like to read!

    • kismitoffeebar · May 17, 2013

      I am not sure if you will like it. But it is well written 🙂 Maybe someday when you want to try something totally new 🙂

  12. girlinjammies · May 17, 2013

    I think I made the mistake of watching the movie before reading the book! I didn’t like the movie one bit. But your review is prompting me to pick up the book now.

    • kismitoffeebar · May 18, 2013

      Hmmmm. I really don’t know how bad the movie is. But looks like it wasn’t so good. I liked the series a lot. Probably, you will too? Tell me if what you felt 🙂

  13. Yash the PolymathGeek · May 18, 2013

    Hi KismiToffeeBar. Awesome Book Series! Great Review. Before reading this book, The political intrigue, the ruthlessness of the capitol, the shallow lives of the capitol’s citizens, the harsh and bleak survival in district 12…Loved it all. Haymitch the Cantankerous is my favourite character. Who is yours?

    • kismitoffeebar · May 20, 2013

      Thanks Yash! I agree with all of what you said! 🙂
      I love Haymitch! And ofcourse, Katniss 🙂 And Peeta also, actually. And Prim. Ah well.

  14. magnoliamoonpie · May 22, 2013

    I’ve read the first book and seen the movie…haven’t gotten to book 2 and 3 yet!!

  15. chattywren · May 30, 2013

    Is there an id where I can write to you? Thanks!

  16. pixie · June 10, 2013

    Completely enjoyed all the 3 books!!
    I have read the first one a couple of times!! 😀

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