Yes, I know I’m awfully late to this boat but it’s better late than never, right? So, here’s my review for The Hunger Games Trilogy — The Hunger Games (pt. Os Jogos da Fome), Catching Fire (pt. Em Chamas) and Mockingjay (pt. A Revolta).
I’ve never been a YA fantasy novels kind of girl. They tend to be overly romanticised and fantasised. So, I tend to avoid this kind of books. But, with the popularity of The Hunger Games, I felt very curious to dive into them.
In the universe of these books, we don’t know for sure but it all indicates that the world is consisted in one country only, named Panem, that’s divided in several parts, called Districts. Before the events of the series the, at the time, thirteen districts tried to revolte against the Capitol, where the tower is held. They failed and District 13 was destroyed. In order to control the population, the Capitol invented the Hunger Games. All districts must send two children, one male and one female, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, in order to represent them. They are chosen at random but some can volunteer as tributes. They all fight till death, against each others and the arena, which is full of threats. Only one can survive.
The story follows a girl, named Katniss Everdeen, from District 12, that volunteers as a tribute when her sister is chosen to participate in the 74th Hunger Games. The first book concentrates in the games while the other two are more focused in the struggle with the Capitol and trying to overcome it. I can’t go into each book since it would spoil most of the story (even though most of you may know it). Let’s just say that not everything goes well to the Capitol and Katniss and here friends and family have a lot to do with it.
As I said, YA fiction isn’t really my thing. But, for my surprise, I went through The Hunger Games so fast. It’s so exciting, there’s always a lot of things happening, the adrenaline keeps pumping. The author always ends the chapters with some kind of cliffhanger, it’s impossible not wanting to just dive right into the next one. This also applies to Catching Fire.
On the other hand, Mockingjay is so boring. I really don’t know what happened. Only the last events are relevant to the endgame of the general story. Everything else doesn’t matter at all. When you are in the verge of a climax, that affects everyone from that country, you can’t really waste your attention on the little things. For the final book, Mockingjay was a total disappointment to me. Everything is predictable. I’m one of those people that totally agrees that The Hunger Games are just a copy of Battle Royale, a japanese movie that’s itself an adaptation of a novel. If you have seen the movie, it’s impossible to see the resemblances to the first two volumes of this trilogy. It seems that, when Collins run out of things to be inspired by, she got lost and eventually got around to write the mess that’s the last book.
Another thing that really bugs me is the romance part of these books. Of course there’s a love triangle, between Katniss and Peeta Mellark, the boy that’s also going to represent District 12 in the 74th Hunger Games, and Gale Hawthorne, her childhood friend. Peeta is kind and loves Katniss like nothing else in the world, he is even willing to go with the strategy of fake doomed lovers in order to get endorsements during the Games, even though he is truly in love. And Gale is just the boy she loved from the start, but he looses his temper quite often and he’s not always that nice to her. I’ll let you guess who she ends up with. This triangle goes on during all the books, with endless debates inside Katniss’ head, which sometimes gets in the way of her actions, damaging a whole lot of people. That bothers me because, when you’re an importante piece to an hypothesis of a better future, maybe boys shouldn’t be the first thing in your mind. I know she’s a teenager but damn girl, keep your hormones under control. The world REALLY needs you!
In general, I liked this trilogy. The ending is completely terrible but the path to that isn’t that bad. I’ve not read lots of YA books but I would recommend this one for beginners, like myself. The specific terms of the civilisation aren’t that complicated to understand so the reading process isn’t hard. It’s very exciting and you’ll probably read it in very few sittings. Most of all, the experience is a very fun one. And that’s all that really matters in the end right? And now that the door of YA fantasy was opened and closed, who know’s if it’ll ever open again. We’ll see about that.
I hope you guys enjoyed this little review. My birthday is tomorrow so yay, this month’s book haul is going to be a good one.
Thank you for reading!