Author: Suzanne Collins
Trilogy: The Hunger Games
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Romance/Action
District 13; a supposed wasteland, bombed to dust in the war that is the reason of the Hunger Games. It’s not even supposed to exist anymore – just smoldering ruins and nothingness. The crowning display of the Capitol’s terrible power. It’s also the headquarters of the largest rebellion in the history of man kind.
In the Dark Days – a time of terrible nuclear war, there was a rebellion. There was also District 13. Its job was to make weapons – bombs, guns, and terrible modern death traps used by the capital. When District 13 rebelled, it was easily overpowered by the Capitol of Panem. The land was bombed to oblivion and that was the end of the war. But the Capitol was not satisfied. They created the Hunger Games – a terrible way of keeping the districts in line.
Now, a cruel seventy-six years later, the people of District 13 live on. They moved underground when the land was bombed and though the goings have been tough, they have pushed through to aspire another rebellion. Well, not really aspire. More like confirm. One year ago, a certain sixteen year-old named Katniss Everdeen ended the seventy-fifth Hunger Games, starting whispers of rebellion. Then when she blew up the force field surrounding the arena of the seventy-sixth Hunger Games, there were more than whispers. Now, there is an all-out war between certain districts and the Capitol. And that certain, now seventeen year-old girl, is the face of it. She is the mockingjay, the symbol of rebellion and the spark, no, flame of hope that gives the rebels a steady stream of allies and drive. The president of district 13 – Ms. Coin, is the person that keeps Katniss in line and basically bosses everyone around. The less-than-perfect conditions are not toxic, but enough to get some people from the inner districts complaining. Yes, the place is clean, but the rooms show little decorum. Surprisingly, the people are allowed to be omnivores, instead of just eating two foods.
Anyways, Katniss is caught in a mental snare. For once, she is not force to display hypocrisy, but she is still caught in the situation of choosing between Peeta and Gale. Ironically, Peeta was captured by the capitol, which should make the decision easier, but the truth is – she loves them both. Though luckily, Peeta and several other friends are rescued from the evil and sinister clutches of the Capitol. But then Katniss figures out that Peeta really isn’t there. The Capitol had done something to Peeta called “hijacking,” manipulating Peeta and his memories into thinking that Katniss is trying to kill her. Throughout the book Katniss must fight a battle against the new Peeta, to bring back the old one. Soon Katniss is trained to be a soldier and a voice for the rebellion at the same time, and when she goes into battle, everything changes. She’s a pretty good soldier, walking through danger as if it is a hologram, pulverizing every danger in her path, and, with help from her team and some excellent, yet dangerous deduction, they push through. Unfortunately, though, the team makes many sacrifices. President Snow, the leader of the capitol, is by Katniss like her silhouette. The ending does not come without deaths, betrayals, and decisions of life over love, and love over life.
Katniss herself goes over a huge transformation in this book and the trilogy. She starts off as a starving, poor, seemingly hopeless girl from the seam of District 12. Yes, she is strong, independent, but not even close to the scale of what she will be by the end. Throughout the two Hunger Games, she learns what life and love are truly worth, and the despicable acts that some people can do without hesitation or even blinking an eye. She knew some of this when she was younger, but now that she’s part of what her family is forced to watch, she knows it like the feel of her bow (pun intended). In the second book she must learn to trust others that may not be immediately trustworthy, and expect, quite literally, a stab in the back at any time. And in the third book she nearly breaks down with all the burdens she is given, but like in the other circumstances, she adapts quickly. By the end of the series she is not just a girl, but a physically and mentally strong woman, who can take on any burden without giving up. She can be cold and calculating at times, and warm and welcoming at others. In the span of a year she has become more strong and experienced than most people are in their entire lifetime. She has done the impossible by not only surviving, but helping others survive as well. She has the ability to kill, but she is not heartless either. In fact, I don’t even think that she would want to kill another soul after what she had been through, but that is not specified in the book – it doesn’t have to be.
Ah, the final book of the second most awesome series I have ever read, and most certainly ever will. Suzanne Collins hit the nail on the head, giving the perfect trilogy. I think that this is the best teen fiction material ever written. When I wake up in the morning, I reach for the book on my nightstand, and when I bring it back, the book’s not a Hunger Games book. Then I realize “It’s over. You finished the entire trilogy, and it’s over.” But all good things must come to an end. I cannot think of a way to give my thanks to Suzanne Collins for writing such a series of books with not just a respectable plot, but with raw power all over. The series comes to an end that I think is perfectly suited for it, one that I will never forget. This was more violent than the other two books, with more blood, death, and despair. But, in all honesty, I would still recommend this book to anyone ages fourteen and up. I leave you in the word that has kept me reading this series right to the very last letter, one that is simple, clean, and, in a way, powerful.
Posted by Fred Reads