The very mention YA books in an apocalyptic world with the label of a dystopian novel is enough to bring The Hunger Games Series into the discussion. Though definitely not a god-level trilogy, I felt I must do the hype some justice and just review the series. So. Here goes the first one.
In the nation of Panem, established in the remains of North America after an unspecified apocalyptic event, the wealthy Capitol exploits the twelve surrounding districts for their natural resources and labour. District12 is in the coal-rich region that was once Appalachia, while the Capitol west of the Rocky Mountains.
There had been a past failed rebellion against the Capitol, which resulted in the obliteration of District 13. As punishment for the rebellion, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 remaining districts are selected by an annual lottery to participate in the Hunger Games, a contest in which the “tributes” must fight to the death in an outdoor arena until only one remains.
The knell of the death bell
This is the story of Katniss Everdeen, the girl tribute from District 12, the poorest of all. This is the story of her survival after she takes her younger sister’s place in the 74th Hunger 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.
The Writing Style
The books are written from Katniss’s perspective which makes it extremely engaging and exhilarating. Although she is from a poor family, her exceptional survival skills make her a possible contender for the position of the victor.
For winning the Games she needs to manipulate everyone around her and this motive forces her to act the part of being hopelessly in love with her District 12 male-counterpart, Peeta Mellark. Katniss is described as a shrewd, apathetic and possesses killer-instincts. Peeta, on the other hand, is the very definition of a pure-soul and refuses to kill anyone.
All is NOT good
Suzzane Collins writing style is exceptional with all the elements needed for a good thriller and a book in general. But the one thing that bugs me throughout the series is the all obvious love triangle of Katniss, Peeta and Gale (her ‘friend’). How predictable can it get? Very.
If you begin hating Katniss in the middle of the book, I don’t blame you one bit. There are characters like Rue (another tribute), Peeta and Cinna( her designer) who were amazing and simply did not get the depth I think they highly deserved. It’s all about KATNISS, KATNISS and KATNISS. And I don’t like that. As for me, my favourite character from the entire Hunger Games trilogy was Peeta and I strongly believe he fell for the wrong girl.
This book is hands-down my favourite from the whole series. It got me hooked like no other book ever has and it had SUCH an impact on my views and thoughts! I read this book when I was in middle school and at that time it was like the next best thing to Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.
But now if you’d ask me if this is indeed the best, I’d probably say no. There are somethings brutality cannot win and this book has taught me that. And the older I get the more loopholes I dig in regarding Katniss and the plot in general as I have mentioned above.
Nevertheless one can simply never go wrong with this book and I’ll recommend it to everyone out there. It is “the perfect classic young adult series” and you must pick it up if you like this genre.
The Movie Adaptation
Another reason why the hunger games trilogy became so hyped up was due to its box-office-smashing movie franchise. Though many things are distorted and maligned, I still feel watching it is worth a shot.
That’s all for this book, more on the other side! Until then, may the odds be ever in your favor!