The Hunger Games chronicles the “adventures” of Katniss Everdeen. This trilogy takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, where teenagers are pitted together in a battle called “The Hunger Games”.
Yeah, freaky stuff that isn’t meant for younger readers. I’m sure my blog isn’t being seen by younger readers, though, so I think we’ll be okay.
Anyway, Katniss volunteers to be tribute when her sister’s name is picked during their people’s lottery system for the battle.
Her younger sister, Prim, is naive and described as a sweet girl. Katniss fears Prim would never survive the games.
It is a very gripping series, especially when Katniss begins to rebel against the powers that be. Honestly, I’d do the same thing in her position.
They took the life of her sister, for Pete’s sake! Oh and also the lives of hundreds of innocent people.
That’s not to mention the young lives lost during the Games themselves. So what did I think of the trilogy, you’re asking?
Well, let me answer that question for you in depth, my new friend!
Point #1: Female Point of View
I couldn’t resist adding this point of fact into my review of the trilogy. I love heroines and can’t get enough of them!
Katniss is a total badass and is someone I’d respect if she was a person living in our plane of reality.
She can see the reality of her situation for what it really is and does not sugar-coat it in any way. She doesn’t take any shit from anyone and won’t let anyone tell her any lies.
She refuses to let her mother fall into depression again after the death of her younger sister, Prim.
She refuses to let grief for Prim’s death cloud her judgment in later decision-making.
How could we not love someone like her? I’m a feminist so seeing a protagonist like Katniss makes me smile.
I can totally see Katniss fighting for the rights of women around her. What do you think when you think about Katniss? Put your thoughts in the comment section below!
Point #2: Plot Twist
Of course, I have to discuss the plot twists in the trilogy as well. It wouldn’t be a true review of the books if I didn’t, right?
You never expect Peeta to be saved when the rebellion tries to do so. He comes back but he’s mentally scarred by the brainwashing done by the Capitol.
This, of course, upset me immensely and caused me to put the books down for a little while.
I was letting my aunt borrow them during this time and let her finish the books before I picked up where I left off.
I couldn’t get through all the death, which is a first for me. I am usually desensitized to the idea of death in books.
I suppose the characters had become part of my life and had begun to tug on my heart-strings after the first half of the second novel.
This had happened to me before in other trilogies but not like with The Hunger Games. I haven’t dealt with it since then and hope that I never will again.
I’m sending mixed signals now, aren’t I? I’m sorry – my bad! Don’t get me wrong: I’m in love with this trilogy and the accompanying films.
Point #3: The Epilogue
I have never been happier to see the ending of a trilogy. I know that’s a horrible thing to say but bear with me for a moment.
In the epilogue, Katniss finally gets the peace she deserves. It isn’t said directly in the novel but it is inferred that Katniss and Peeta are now married.
They have two children: a toddler and a baby. Katniss promises the baby that she will tell the story of the games to her children when they are older.
She is working her hardest to make sure that no one else goes through what the former tributes did years before.
Knowing Katniss like we do by this point, we know that she will be successful in this venture as well.
We can only hope that the young parents get what they deserve in life: peace without having to look over their shoulders.
That’s every parent’s hope these days, right? That would be my hope, anyway.
So, this trilogy is a great one if you’re looking for a new book to read. There are quite a few disturbing things held within its pages so please be warned of that part.
If you don’t mind violence or death, then make sure to pick up a copy of The Hunger Games.
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