Hunger Games Trilogy ~By Suzanne Collins
First things first, it’s a Y/A novel but it’s NOT something for kids under the age of 11. If you allow your kids to read this then be very descriptive about the turn of events in the book , discuss thoroughly with them and explain the reasons behind certain plots which kids might be unable to grasp and will understand only in the negative sense.
This review is with mild spoilers and I’ll be mentioning a basic synopsis of the books.
I have decided to do a collective review of all three books in this series to analyze the author on broader terms.
I immensely enjoyed this series. The whole story is divided into three books and you’ll be reading all three once you have read the first whether you like or not.
The opening of the first novel is into a typical post apocalyptic world with a dystopian society. A system sparred by tyranny, money spectacle, hunger, injustice and energetic youth. Our heroine, Katniss who’s also the narrator takes us through her enforced journey to self discovery, justice and war. The characters of Collins story develop astonishingly well. You feel them as they really are. The relationship Katniss has with her family and friends is so raw for us that it makes us feel connected to them through her. The poignant character for me was Katniss’s mother, silent and pained. Her struggle and will power was so heroic but still she was the unsung force behind a whole lot of people. Collins takes us to a rollercoaster ride when it comes to love. This series is so addictive because of it’s love triangle which doesn’t reach to a conclusion until the third book. The dramatic life and death plot makes it incredibly compelling and hard to put down. It’s full with action, bitter reality of the human race, the character of evil, overly ambitious need to be powerful and the courage to stand by what’s right even when no one supports you.
But parents, please beware that the storyline is brutal. Even though the writing is geared for young adults, the main characters are teenagers, there’s very little physical romance, and the actual violence would probably count as PG-13. I don’t believe in stopping kids from reading literature but this book contains war, scenes of bloodshed, hatred and weapons so you need to clarify the use of such literary themes and symbols evoking pity and fear to your kids.
It’s a highly realistic book to be a dystopian novel which accounts for it’s success even in Hollywood. It shows war on how it really is and doesn’t glorify it. The author highlights the very thing which we all need to understand and that is, the state isn’t faced with corruption problem, instead the state is itself inherently corrupt.
The characters don’t get their fairy tale ending and Collins maintain the originality of her prose throughout the theme of war.
Strong plots, great climax, excellent rendering of metaphors and antithetical elements which have balance between themes of evil vs good, society vs family, internal vs external psychology, this book is a complete package. The best literary device was the use of symbolism by the author. The symbols in these books are the main driving force of all the upcoming events, created in the first book they continue till the last page and even signify the meaning of book’s title.Only thing I didn’t like was the drag scheme of progressive events in the third book which was so jam-packed with action yet I got bored at times because of the monotony of it.
The movies didn’t do any justice to Collins brilliance. It didn’t poke the emotions of the audience in relation to the characters. It left out the tiny details which were to be proven so important in the upcoming books and gives insights to authors creative imagination. I loved the books and so would you.
P.S Gale is my new fictional babe after so many years of crushing over Oliver Woods from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and more recently Elias from “Ember in the Ashes”.