I love a good trilogy…well set of books anyway (I’ve been reading True Blood and theres way more than 3 books in that saga). I’ve seen quite a few posts about The Hunger Games over the past few months so was curious about the trilogy.
I’ll be the first to admit it, I loved the twilight saga books when they came out, I couldn’t read them enough! I thought the first film was great but once the ‘Hollywood machine’ took over it felt like something special was taken from the books. I haven’t even seen the third and fourth films….im keepin’ my dough! So getting into another trilogy that was being made into a ‘Hollywood’ film made me a little wary, I didnt want to love the books so much then watch them trashed!
Anyway getting back on track….christmas came I my lovely other half treated me to the box set! Christmas came and went and the books stayed sealed. January came and after finishing Thirteen Reasons Why I thought it was time to open them.
Oh my! I finished the book in a little over 4 days!
I have been well and truly sucked into the Panam world!
I dont want to spoil anything incase you haven’t read the book yet but it completely blew me away. So dont read anymore if you havent read them yet!! You’ve been warned
I think the main thing I liked was Katniss. She isn’t your regular heroin, in that she is not after a love story but fighting for her survival. She’s tough, level headed and down to earth. Nothing phases her and the more I read it the more I love the name!
The moment Prim’s name was called out by Effie was brilliantly written. As the oldest of three, I could relate completely to the want to protect your family. I cant wait to read more about how her mother and Prim cope with the aftermath of the games.
I dont think I can get away with not mentioning Peeta (yet another lovely name!). Although I wouldn’t necessarily class it as a love story (more of a survival of society story with love on the side), you can’t not notice his love for Katniss. It seems so genuine so I have my fingers crossed for them in Catching Fire (Book two).
The book touches on a number of themes including power, reality, identity and sacrifice.
The main power here is obviously the capitol, with them controlling the games as a form of punishment for the districts and to keep them inline. I dont think what they realise is the power the contestants also have. Katniss showing kindness to another tribute within the arena is contesting that power that the capitol has always held.
I think that as well as the obvious comparisons to ‘reality tv’, I think it also questions the ‘what is and is not real’ questions. A lot of game playing seems to be happening both within and outside of the games.
Before the games Katniss had a pretty solid identity, she had become the main provider for the family and had a stable relationship with Gale. When the games begin, she has to create another version of herself in order to sell herself as a worthy winner to impress sponsors. I t will be interesting reading Catching Fire to see Gales reaction to this and how it continues with Peeta after the cameras have stopped.
I think that the act of sacrifice, runs throughout the story. With Katniss sacrificing her freedom and maybe even her life to take Prims places at the reaping; the sacrifice each district makes loosing two of their own, and of course Peetas quote:
“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games”
The sacrifice of their lives with the berries. I think its a really powerful theme as the act with the berries shows the Capitol (staged or not) that their lives are their own and can not be taken so easily when the capitol chooses. Im excited to see this theme develop in future books!
Im genuinely excited for the film adaptation thats coming out in March, by the looks of the trailer its keeping in line with the book. Jennifer Lawrence just screams katniss to me!
You can read my Goodreads review here
The book also made me acutly aware that I could not survive in the wild. So much to my other halfs dismay I purchased these….
You can find my Catching Fire review here!
You can find my Mockingjay review here!