Blurb: (Film Trailer)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be North America. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.
Catching Fire (Book 2)
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
Mockingjay (Book 3)
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
Review: (Video review)
A heartbreaking story that has a lot of depth. This story has a strong female heroine that is forced to care for her family when her mother isn’t strong enough. It has a love triangle drama with the battle between a man who has loved Katniss since he first lay his eyes on her vs a man who has always been supporting her in her life. All of this plays out in a corrupt and overpowering society. It is a Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy Adventure blended together at its best.
Message & Moral
I believe the message for this story is about surviving and standing up for what is right. Katniss lives in a suppressed society in the twelfth district where every move is highly monitored by the first district, ‘The Capitol’. She takes it upon herself to search for food in areas where she isn’t allowed to go to be able to provide for her mother and little sister. The story develops from this defiant action and Katniss ends standing up for herself and others against President Snow, fighting for their right to be free.
Creatures & Environment
The characters in this series are unique in their own ways and interesting to read about. I think I speak for many when I say that Effie Trinket is the most loved character of all. Her fashion sense, etiquette norms and never ending optimism can’t have been described in a better way.
It was interesting to learn about the different districts and how wealth was portrayed as it increased the closer you got to district one.
Captivation & Continuity
The message of breaking free from the dystopian society is very prominent where I felt every one of Katniss’ struggles. I would say that the first book had me glued whilst that feeling ebbed towards the end of the third book. Having been given the luxury to watch the end in the film I did skip a few pages toward the end of the book. I would however say that the books gave more information about the story than the films portrayed, which isn’t uncommon as films need to be abridged. I will also have to mention that I didn’t feel that the romantic path was clear cut – this is a good thing – and it was hard to choose if I wanted Katniss to end up with Gale or Peeta.
Language & Flow
The language is easily flowing, however I found it slightly stale at times.
T.M. Caruana’s Royal Castle Award