The Hunger Games

The Hunger games

The Hunger Games is a well-known dystopian trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. I wanted to read it for quite some time but I was unable to find the time and the books. So when I came across these books in a book fair I immediately bought these books and whilst in lockdown I decided to binge-read these books and I have got to say that I enjoyed reading them immediately. After every single book, I have pestered one of my close friends at 1 in the morning to tell her that I have finished the book and how much I enjoyed it. [I launched into a rant :-p]

The Hunger Games trilogy consists of the following three books:

  1. The Hunger games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

I honestly have no clue about how I am going to sum up the gist of the series in a blog but I will surely try my best.

Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old, has a small world which revolves mainly revolves around feeding her family. She lives under the rule of the Capitol in District 12. District 12 has no connection with the outside world (i.e. , the other 11 districts) and so has no way to tell if the other 11 districts starve as much as they do. The Capitol reigns over the 12 districts and punishes cruelly for even a petty crime. They have overthrown a strong power over 70 years ago and as a reminder of their power to their people they hold the Hunger Games annually. In the Hunger Games a boy and a girl [between the age of 12 and 18] are chosen from every district and all these teenagers have to attempt to kill each other. The last teenager alive is the one who wins this brutal game. This game is also telecasted as a reality show for the people of the 12 districts [collectively called the Panem.] When Katniss’ 12 year old sister is chosen as the tribute from district 12, she volunteers to participate in place of her. She knows that if she wins it will result in eternal glory and if it turns out otherwise…. she will have nothing else to face. Little did she know that these games will change not only her life, but the lives of all the people in the Panem.

This book is very well written and I could imagine myself there with Katniss. The first two books are not exactly smooth but they are very smooth compared to the third book. They are extremely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the books. The third book’s start is slightly slow but in Part II and Part III it picks up the pace.

There are certain aspects I dislike about the book, like the love triangle (hey! no spoilers) and the last epilogue. Otherwise, I enjoyed the books immensely.

These books reminded me of a book that I have read earlier. The book is 1984 written by George Orwell. You will notice the slight similarity in the books once you read The Hunger Games.

These books also show us how oppressive and controlling a person or a group of people in power can be. It sometimes is inevitable and I think this is the reason republics and democracies were created.

A kind of a backstory of this book is to be released on May 19. It is titled The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes. It is based on the life of the leader of the Panem. I cannot wait to read the novel.

I would definitely recommend you to read the books as soon as you can get your hands on them. It is an amazing trilogy and definitely worth a read.

P.S-  A word of caution- the third book may have you in tears.  

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