Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Hunger Games

I'm about to start off this blog with recommending The Hunger Games. I read the whole Trilogy twice in the last summer after being drained from reading boring (in my opinion) books like 'Never Let Me Go' and 'The Handmaids Tale'. I needed something easy to read, something that was more fun, action packed and adventurous and after being recommended by so many people over 2012 to read the books, I finally decided to give them a go. When I started the first book on a sunny Saturday morning I was completely hooked and ended up staying up until 2am to finish it. After that I continued into the other two books, and after a weekend and bank holiday to read them, I was done with the whole trilogy. I ended up giving in and reading the whole series again during my plane journey to and from Egypt to England, because I hadn't given myself enough time to enjoy and appreciate the series and reflect upon the different themes and messages that the author gives because I was so taken by the whole action part.

The first book of The Hunger Games introduces the reader to the world that the novels are based around. Set in post-apocalyptic America, the story is told in first person by one of my favorite female literary protagonists Katniss Everdeen. I always enjoy novels written in first person, especially coming from the point of view of such a character that I can identify with in so many aspects of my life. I want everybody I know to read the whole trilogy because I think they teach you so much. Although the author, Suzanne Collins may not be acclaimed as the best writer in contemporary literature, it doesn't take long complicated Austen-like lines to make a great book. The author obviously put a lot of research and planning into writing the series as it is so thoroughly thought out with innovative  ideas and unique characters and story lines. What I loved most was how unexpected and unpredictable the plot was, especially in the last third of Mocking Jay.

Themes present in the books are power, identity, futurism, society and class, love, strength, loyalty and sacrifice. I think that the messages that the books give are valuable to be acknowledged as part of growing up and this is the main reason I really want my little sister and cousins to all read the stories. Having said that I didn't particularly like how the whole thing ended, especially the tragic, depressing parts which I think were unexplained and rushed by the author and were a bit of a let down to how the series ended. It seems that after all Katniss fought for, it didn't help her much in the end. She still couldn't live in happiness even after the end of the rebellion because of the sacrifices she made as well as the awful tragedy and the way she seemed to have lost her mind! I feel that having the author end the story so dully preaches to the reader that there is no light at the end of the tunnel so don't waste yo time!


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