Monday, March 21, 2011

The Games

I admit I was a bit slow jumping on this bandwagon but I'm so glad I finally did. This weekend I finished reading the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.


I have to say I loved loved loved this series. Probably my favorite of all the ones I've read including Twilight *gasp* and the Millenium series. I loved Twilight but honestly Bella annoyed the shit out of me through most of it and while I loved Lisbeth Salander's character in the Millenium series there was so much other stuff about those books that I didn't like. With this series I loved pretty much everything about it. From the moment I started the first book I couldn't put them down and continued to think about each book long after I finished reading.

Of the three I will say that Mockingjay was my least favorite, reading about the war itself was less interesting to me than reading about the Games in the first and second book. With that said I was still engrossed and couldn't wait to see how the series would end and who would survive.

I read a lot of negative reviews about the final book on Amazon and how the series ended and while I agree with a few of the complaints overall I was happy with the ending and felt it was a lot more realistic than most young adult novels these days. I was pleased with how things were left with Katniss and how the love triangle was resolved. The only thing that I'm really disappointed about is the fact that there aren't anymore of these to read. Now I guess I will just have to look forward to the movies and see how the books get interepreted onto the big screen.

I definitely would recommend these books to anyone. Yes there is a lot of violence and yes it does talk about children being killed and war but it's very fast paced, action packed and engrossing. Oh yeah and there's a love triangle in there and who doesn't love a love triangle?

Have you read this series? Did you like/dislike?

7 comments:

Bicoastal Bride said...

I haven't read this series, but I agree with you about Bella from Twilight. I found nothing appealing about her character, and that's one reason I quit the series after the first book.

bananas. said...

read. loved. wish there was more! in terms of leading ladies, my vote goes like this...

lisbeth > katniss > bella

mockingjay was also my least favorite. although i liked how it ended, i think it was also really sad. but i guess that's the case with all wars, which was the main theme of the book.

april said...

I had such low expectations for Mockingjay that I ended up liking it. I really like how the series ended.

I think I had everyone I know read this series including co-workers' kids. It probably is my favorite series start to finish for Young Adult. I tend to putter out of series like Twilight, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Princess Diaries, etc. Oh, well, maybe not Harry Potter, but that's a class onto itself.

Everything and Anything said...

I LOVED THESE BOOKS!!!!! I have to say, the First One was my favorite! I had to wait for them to come out one at the time. I hope they won't mess up the story while making the movies.

Sarah said...

LOVE. I Love these books! I seriously couldn't put them down! So good!!

Teenage Bride said...

I have yet to rea these... but I SWEAR I WILL!!!

Jenny DB said...

New follower here... saw your comment on another blog talking about this series and popped over to check out your thoughts. Anyway, I LOVED this series. I have not read twilight but I'm pretty sure I would not be a fan. I did really like Millenium series but Hunger Games was way more of a page turner for me. Gotta love the post-apocalyptic distopian vibe.. kinda Brave New World meets The Giver meets 1984. I think it is a coming of age story at heart though and that teenagers may really like and relate to it... HOWEVER i think it has mass appeal to young and old, male and female alike. 3rd was my least favorite but still couldn't put it down.