After seeing the movie “Catching Fire“, in the Italian cinema yesterday, I decided to write a post about the series it’s from, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
I read the novels around 2011 and 2012 and continuing reading you can find my comments from that time; the overall impression is positive, in my opinion the worst one is the second book where the author compressed too much information in too few pages. If the first volume could be read as a stand-alone, from the second one it’s necessary to complete the series.
The movies helped in increasing the fame of this series (I like the novels better): in the first movie some information were missing (as the Honest Trailer points out), the second movie it seems better (the choice of the main actors still does not persuade me), but the doubt that who did not read the novel does not understand everything remains (I had some explanations to do at the end of the movie).
The hunger games
The twelve districts around Capitol City are due, each year, to draw two youths (a boy and a girl) that will be tributes participating to the next Hunger Games.
The games are in fact a reality show where the tributes have to fight and kill until only one survives; the victory of the Games brings to the related district an improvement in life conditions (that in the far districts are particularly hard).
The story is told in first person by Katniss, who volunteers to save her younger sister, from her life in the district 12 to the games and her will to survive.
The book, a dystopic adventure (a few science fiction inside), is engaging for the fight for survival but leaves also space to friendship and love.
The book is part of a trilogy (which book doesn’t?), so there is a conclusion but it’s only partial.
At the end I read the second volume of the Hunger Games series. Also this time it’s an easy and engaging read, however in my opinion this time there is way too much: the victory tour, the rebellions, the 75th edition of the games and such, in the end nothing is expanded much.
I will read the third – and now indispensable book – hoping that Katniss will finally starts making choices and stops being a pawn as she was in the novels so far.
Last chapter of the Hunger Games series. Less confused with respect to the second one, the plot is more linear and does not compress lots of happenings in a few pages; it’s engaging as the two previous ones.
The revolution is begun and Katniss must be the Mockingjay, the symbol of the movement; the reader won’t see so much war and the battles are mostly seen by television.
Always present the psychological component, in the novel everything is filtered by Katniss emotions and her guilt.
* The hunger games by Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆
* Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ★★★☆☆
** Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆
*I read this book in Italian
**I read this book in English