June 26, 2017

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games)

Mockingjaymockingjay is the third of the Hunger Games series (so if you haven’t read the first 2 don’t read this review! Read my review of the first book).

The second book ends very abruptly as the Hunger Games in which Katnis and Peeta are playing suddenly falls to pieces. We learn that the rebellion is in full swing with war in most of the Distsricts. Mockingjay takes us through the rebellion as Gale, Haymitch, Katnis, Peeta, the other Victors and their families battle to find the right solutions.

It is not as fast paced, or as compelling a page turner as the first 2 books (that might be down the size of my hangover when I read most of this). Either way it’s a very different style of book. Here we see the full extent of the corruption that’s crept through Panem since the original rebellions and the setting up of the Hunger Games. We see that no-one is immune from corruption, and how much things need to change.

It’s a scary, reflective book that is true to life in that there are few happy endings. A must read, well the whole series is!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games)

Catching Firecatching fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. (Warning – if you’ve not read the first book, don’t read this review – go and read my review of book one).

After the trials of the Hunger Games Katnis and Peeta are back in District 12, trying to live a normal life in the Victors Village. Then it’s time for the victory parade around Panem, and all the chaos kicks off once more. Their performance in the Hunger Games had a bigger impact that anyone realised, and seems to have kicked off a lot of unrest. One thing leads to another (I don’t want to give too much away!) and the whole book ends on a serious cliffhanger.

(so much of a cliffhanger that I’ve gone and started book 3 before writing this review – so apologies if it’s a bit disjointed, I’m trying to keep the 2 stories seperate).

Catching Fire is as thrilling a read as The Hunger Games. I finished it under 24 hours – cue serious loss of sleep – but it was well worth it. It’s pacey, there are lots of twists and turns – if you thought the Games were devious in the first book, you’ve seen nothing yet.

This is a series for anyone who likes pacey, fast books – a great read.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

the hunger gamesYesterday I did 2 things I haven’t done in a while. The first was to read a whole book (no skimming) in a day, the second to stay up til gone 2am reading because I just couldn’t put the book down.

The book in question is Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and I’m so glad I read it before seeing the film.

The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy of books aimed at the young adult market. It’s set in a post-WW3 world divided into 12 districts all ruled by the Capitol. Each district has a specific job (food, coal etc), and there’s almost no communication between districts. To keep every one in check the Capitol organises a reality TV show each year where 2 teenagers from each district battle to the death in The Hunger Games.

This book takes us through a hunger game, and it’s fascinating – I can’t wait to read the next two. We spend the whole book with Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12. Through her we see the insanity of the Games, and also learn about the lives of people in the different districts.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the way it was told. It’s a very well-executed piece of writing, all the dots line up and things keep popping back in. A great read.