The Hunger Games Trilogy was something I was sure I wouldn’t like but everyone for so long has been praising the series that I thought I should take a look. At least I would read the first book, borrowed from the library, and if I didn’t like it I didn’t lose anything. It didn’t take long to get into it to realize I was not going to put it down and I burned through all three books in less than a week and even watched one of the movies. Thank goodness we were on a cruise or nothing would have gotten done had I any responsibilities.
If you are like me and have avoided the hype, here is a quick summary of what the story line is. Katniss Everdeen is a seventeen year old who lives somewhere in a future world. (That was enough to make me avoid the story for so long—not a sci-fi fan.) In this world there is something called the Hunger Games which is a way for the government to keep their districts in line by showing their power in requiring that a boy and girl from each district be placed in an artificially produced environment and hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor. Katniss manages to upset the usual outcome of the games and set in motion a rebellion she didn’t even know was in the making.
The three books take you through all the struggles of a young girl and the horrors she has to face as her family and friends she loves are affected by all she does or just by who she is. A lot to place on the shoulders of one so young and Suzanne Collins does a great job of exploring her feelings as well as creating great supporting characters for her story.
I only got to watch the second movie in the series, Catching Fire, since the cruise ship only offered the last two movies. It followed the book very closely with a little deviation here and there in order to make the story move along visually.
All in all, if you are facing some free time and hitting the road, these would be some great books to take along.