The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Review by Emily Cotton

You know a book’s good when your entire life seems to revolve around the turn of every page. The moment I knew the Hunger Games was good was when I decided I would rather pay for lunch than make my own, just so I could read a few more precious pages. But I knew it was great when I started to truly feel like I was inside the story. So much so that when I was out walking, even a sound in a bush would turn me into a version of Tomb Raider. I was possessed by the Hunger Games Trilogy, and I believe you should be too.

Without revealing too much, it was the twists in the stories that grasped me the most. Just when you think Katniss and Peeta, two of the main characters, are happily settled, a whirlwind of emotion, violence and heroism unravels. The stories challenge not the ideal of our world physically but through social hierarchy, creating twelve districts of different wealth’s and power. Interestingly, having trialled several, Katniss found the poorest district of twelve the most genuine and happiest to live in. In which case the reader is forced to compare the subtlety of their life to that of the characters involved.

Of course, you may already have seen the film which is an adaptation of the first book and have learnt just how powerful Suzanne Collin’s ideas are. But by reading the other two sequels you realise that the first, as brilliant as it was, was simply a foundation for what was yet to come. I would recommend them to anyone that has a bit of spare time on their hands- because with these three books, you are going to need it.


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