I am well aware that everyone and their mother has read this trilogy…I mean it is eleven years old. You’ve all seen countless reviews, so that’s why I’m going to keep this brief and only share just a few random points.
Before I started reading, I had already seen 3/4 of the movies, but it has been a long time since then. I had a general idea of where the story was going but all of the details were foggy.
WARNING: There may be spoilers!
The Hunger Games
I LOVED the first book. It was so hard to put down. I was hooked from the very beginning & on the edge of my seat the entire time.
I adored Katniss. She was smart, brave and very determined. She fights for the people she loves & was wiling to sacrifice everything for them.
The games were so interesting, but oh my gosh they were brutal. The fact that the country was literally watching teenagers kill each other, that was so unsettling. There was one death in particular that really hurt. Obviously I knew it was coming but dang it…why?!?
This is without a doubt the strongest of the three books. I could definitely see myself rereading just the first book in the future.
This was the only movie I had not seen, so I had zero clue what was going to happen.
After reading The Hunger Games I was so ready to jump into the next book. It started off great, but sadly that didn’t last.
I was really into the beginning. Katniss & Peeta were going on their Victory Tour, President Snow threatened Katniss, and we see the beginning of the rebellion. It was all new, but then…
Peeta & Katniss had to go back into the games. This kind of annoyed me. We had already been there, done that. Yes, this time the games may have been worse, but it was too similar to book one.
Because of the rebellion underway, I felt like the final book was going to be wild…but it wasn’t. Unfortunately I was bored through most of the book. It almost felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing.
It took up to the end of the book for Katniss to make her own decisions. Before then, what someone told her to do, she did. It was frustrating to me. I wanted her to take charge and be part of the action, but she was on the sidelines.
As far as the love triangle goes, I didn’t have a favorite, I didn’t care who she ended up with. After reading the epilogue though…I wish she ended up alone. That may be harsh but oh well. I don’t think she really picked Peeta. He was just the one who came back.
I can totally see why people say this ending is anticlimactic. You’re expecting this mind blowing conclusion and that just wasn’t the case here. Don’t get me wrong the Coin twist was good & I give props to Katniss but overall the ending was a letdown.
I honestly think my younger self would have loved the trilogy, but as an adult…it was ehh.
After finishing the last book, I went back and watched all of the movies. Dare I say they are better than the books?!