I read these a while ago, right around the time the movie was in full swing. I wasn’t going to read them because they were so popular, but I really couldn’t find a strong reason why I shouldn’t based on the basic plot of the book… in reality I was intrigued by the whole mass hysteria of the books. So I read the first one, Hunger Games, in two days. As a quick side note, this was when I had finally took the time to start using the Prime lending library on Amazon to my benefit, which I am now OBSESSED with it. Amazon Prime keeps impressing me with each new service they offer. Now to get back on track, I found the first book enduring. I have yet to watch the movie, but the trailer kept popping up in my head when I was reading the first one. I just kept trying to match the actors from the previews to the actual story. As a single book, I think it could have held on its own.
Before I started the second book, I had talked to a few people, and they all said the the second was their favorite, and the third was their least favorite. So I started this with high expectations. However, I found this one to be almost the same book again. I started Catching Fire, right after because I was anxious to see what could happen. However I have to say that even though there were many part of the book I thought Katniss would die, my mind would keep going to the fact that there was another book that she had to be in, so there would have to be a Hail Mary at some point. I had to force my way through this book so I could read the third and just finish the trilogy. The whole teenage boy drama has never appealed to me, even when I was that age… its really just a bunch of whining that I could do without in most books.
Since I was let down by the second book so much, I came into Mocking Jay, with fairly low expectations. I just figured it would continue on with the tradition of the first two, and be exactly the same, but it didn’t. I thought this was the best of the three. It had the same theme, but at least it wasn’t so obvious. There was still a lot of boy drama, but in the end my favorite boy “won out” I guess. I just feel like I am too old to find this book as enchanting as many of the other readers found it. It was clearly a young adult book series, that did have thrilling parts, yet it still falls to a certain demographic. I know a lot of people cried for the characters in these books, but I just never teared up once, and I cry at car insurance commercials! That being said, the narrative is what kept me going. The voice was just enticing enough to make me want to finish and find out what would happen.
I would be very interested in reading another book by Suzanne Collins just to determine what I really think of her writing, the trilogy was good, but I have a feeling she has something really great in her collection. This was a decent read, but really can’t see me reading these again and again in my lifetime.