Monday, April 16, 2012

Mockingjay (and the other two books)

Today I finally finished The Hunger Games trilogy. And I'm a little bit sad that it's over. So, without further ado, here's what I have to say about each book. And do not read this if you intend to read the books...there are lots of spoilers!

The Hunger Games
Obviously if you have seen the movie then you understand the general idea. North America has been destroyed and in its place is a powerful Capitol and 12 districts (District 13 was destroyed as well during a rebellion). To remind the districts that the Capitol and President Snow are in charge, they hold the annual Hunger Games, where a boy and girl from each district are selected as tributes and must fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers when her sister Primrose is selected for the games. Peeta Mellark is also selected, who grew up with Katniss. Before Katniss leaves, she asks her best friend, Gale Hawthorne, to take care of her family. Once the games begin, Peeta and Katniss not only have to face the other tributes, but the Gamemakers and natural/unnatural elements. I thought this was an amazing book, and I couldn't stop reading it!

Catching Fire
In the sequel, Katniss and Peeta are rich and famous from winning the Hunger Games, but the Capitol believes that Katniss defied the Gamemakers, and uprisings have begun in the districts. The districts look up to Katniss as their leader, and she considers leaving District 12 with her family and friends, but reluctantly accepts her role as rebel leader. It is announced that the 75th annual Hunger Games, known as a Quarter Quell, will consist of only remaining tributes. Peeta and Katniss are once again forced back into the Hunger Games. It took me about 100 pages to actually get into the book, but once it got really good I loved it even more than the first book!

Katniss has again survived the Hunger Games, but President Snow ordered District 12 to be destroyed and captured Peeta. The few people that survived the bombing in 12 have fled to District 13, and everyone is looking to Katniss to rile up the rest of the districts. Eventually the rebels overtake the Capitol and Katniss's true feelings (does she love Peeta or Gale??) are revealed. I thought this book wasn't half as good as the other two, and a majority of the book were minor details that continued on and on. And then it was all over too soon. I didn't care for the ending, I feel like there should have been more closure.

All in all I loved the trilogy, and I can't wait for the next two movies to come out!

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