|Three books to entertain, one series to rule them all!|
|Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen|
|Pick up your programs here!|
See children fight to the death!
|Graphite was just a cover|
story, I hear.
|Couldn't have said it better myself...|
The story is quite typical of a dystopian novel--extremely pessimistic which while delivering a somewhat "happy ending" it does so at not only a gigantic cost, but with a deep abiding cynicism that things haven't really changed that much. Human nature is still the same and the temptation to force the conquered capital citizens to participate in a “final hunger game” is too much to pass over for the victors of the rebellion. This of course leads us to see Katniss kill the leader of District 13, and we’re left to wonder whether or not that last hunger game ever happened or not with her death. And it's that cynical but realistic perspective I believe is why the third book isn't as popular with the people I talked to it about. For the people I talked with, they liked the first book for the reason that the ending--though it had its consequences, had a somewhat hopeful tint to it, that change was possibly and that you could beat the system. But the third book and thus the conclusion of the series as a whole ends on the note that the system may change, but human nature doesn't, what you fight against, you eventually become, and that actions have tremendous consequences, sometimes more than is deserved because life seems random. Those hard truths to me speak volumes and are quite daring for Ms. Collins to undertake.
|The end is near for our protagonist, always. They're persecuted|
and they usually are beaten completely into submission.
The characters are memorable and distinctive and though there are a lot to keep track of (especially by the end of the third book), you never feel like you can confuse one for another. My personal favorites had to be Finnick and Johanna from the second and third books, whose distinct personalities and “messed up” natures perfectly befitted the kind of “victors” that would survive a horrific event like a ritualistic slaughter of children.
The main problems of the series I’d say would have to be the slight cop out of the slight hint of a “happy ending” that comes at the end of the third book, as well as the part one and part two feel of books two and three—almost as if Ms. Collins had to divide a longer novel in half to try and make a trilogy. I had smaller issues with some of the humor at times feeling rather forced at moments instead of simply letting the irony speak for itself—almost like Ms. Collins was told in certain sections by her editor to “lighten up”, it doesn’t serve the story well and acts as big distractions at certain moments.
Ultimately the series is a great read, fully entertaining and kept me on my seat, I highly recommend reading it if you have the chance.