Friday, July 1, 2011

Hunger Games

I am currently part of two book clubs.  Which sounds like a lot of reading, but really in both book clubs we only read one book a month.  For one of my book clubs, we decided to read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.  I started the book on Monday afternoon and finished it Monday evening.  I then purchased the second book, Catching Fire, on Tuesday and started to only begin to read it on Tuesday.  By Wednesday evening, I had finished the second book and the third book, Mockingjay.  So, let me give you some information about them...well, as much as I can without spoiling it for you.  So, the first one is set sometime in the future.  There was no longer a United States.  North America was sectioned off into a Capitol and 12 districts.  It once had 13 districts, but the districts tried to take down the capitol and when they did the 13th district was destroyed.  Since then, every year, each district has to draw a boys name and a female name withing the ages of 12-18 to go into a game to kill each other.  The last person living wins.  There is a lot of gut wrenching and sadness and the beginning of a love story.
The second book, Catching Fire, has less action...but still the same type.  But, there is the start of a love triangle.  This book was my favorite.  In the first book the main character was a 16 year old girl that was so strong in everything she did.  She controlled every emotion she had.  In this book, she starts to let her guard down and show emotion and love in her own way.
The third book, Mockingjay, is probably one of the saddest books I have read.  This book has gotten to me.  I have thought about it for days and can't seem to think about anything else.  The characters are at war.  They are trying to rally all the districts to take down the capitol.  There is a lot of sorrow and heart ache in this book. Every time it seemed like the main character was going to catch a break....something else went wrong.  Plus, it only has a slight happy ending.  I'll admit...I cried like a baby reading this final book.  Actually, I sobbed.  I had to stop reading to compose myself, sobbed.  Even now writing this, I get teary eyed just thinking about the end of the book.  The author seems to try to tie up all the loose ends within the last few pages of the book.  But, the best part of the book is the very last page and the epilogue. 

So, would I recommend other people to read this trilogy.....not only would I recommend it.  I have called friends and family members and begged them to read it, just so I had someone to discuss it with.  If there is anyone out there that has read it, let  me know what you thought of the books.  Please check out my Books I Recommend page.  You can purchase the trilogy from there if you are interested. 

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