Rameau’s Review Archive: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins — 3 in 1

Originally posted on my long forgotten personal blog and imported to Goodreads in January 2011. Spoilers ahead.

Synopsis (for the first book):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. 

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

(My rating: 4 of 5 stars)

I liked it. I didn’t hate Katniss which is always a big plus for me and I enjoyed the story as well.

I just wish this is where the story had ended.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (My rating: 2 of 5 stars)
No character growth for Katniss what so ever. Okay, she was scarred by the events at the arena and yadda yadda yadda, but this was one of the times I was actually waiting for the triangle to kick off. I’ve heard people say that they couldn’t wait to read the third book after finishing this one, but I was not one of those people. I just wanted to forget I’d ever read it. I should have done just that.


Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The book that ended the trilogy and could have saved the story ended up destroying everything I liked about the first book. The preachy tone couldn’t be ignored any longer neither could the destruction of my favourite character, Gale. He should not have been equated with War and Peeta with Love. Katniss was a bitch that deserved to die a miserable death alone. That is if I could be bothered to care enough.

The worst, though, was that I could see it all coming and still I finished reading the book. Masochist that I am.

It’s pretty safe to say that I won’t be reading Suzanne Collins’ work any more.


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10 Responses to Rameau’s Review Archive: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins — 3 in 1

  1. Ehem, Err…Gale was your favourite character? Really? Gale? I was pretty sure it was Finnick…;p

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    Lol, totally totally agree on book 3, what a waste of time

  3. Gale?? What about Peeta Bread, The Secretly Bad-ass Baker?I've only read the first book. My brother started the second book and never finished it, so I figured that meant it was boring.

  4. What about Peeta Bread, The Secretly Bad-ass Baker?*Dies laughing*

  5. My dislike for 2 and 3 was for fairly different reasons as yours. I felt like they were lazily written and contained unnecessary sequences that only served to make them feel like 1.But I DIDN'T hate Katniss's character. I guess I saw her more as a pawn who finally redeems herself rather than a vengeful victim. And as for Peeta/Gale, I thought the entire romantic subplot in all three of them was dumbed down as if it's a movie where you only have time to show x minutes of romance, so I didn't let it affect my opinion of Katniss herself one way or the other.

  6. rameau says:

    Peeta the creator of Panem (bread) and the dead boring log of wood that should've died on the arena. Ugh.

  7. rameau says:

    It was such a long time ago when I read these books, and although I vaguely remember thinking Katniss a pawn, at times, I never thought that she ever redeemed herself in any way. We can agree on the sequels being unnecessary and lazily written, but that kind of thing is to be expected when you know how Collins ended up deciding she had to write them. That is to say, she wrote herself in the corner with Katniss' refusal to kill Peeta and the sequels were her only out.

  8. rameau says:

    I'm glad someone agrees 😛

  9. rameau says:

    Nope. Never really understood what people saw in Finnick… was it the trident or…?

  10. You're probably right, "redeemed" is too strong of a word. It's more like I gave Katniss the benefit of the doubt because I found Coin annoying.

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