11:13 Thursday 03 January 2013

The Hunger Games

Written byLeah Cassady

Having seen the blockbuster film in cinema  last summer (2012), which starred Jennifer Lawrence, and hearing friends recommend the books to me before that, I was hopeful that they would live up to my expectations. The three books in the series didn’t take long to read, mainly because I was hooked and didn’t want to put them down, and I wasn’t left disappointed.

I found these were the first books in a long time that I continually wanted to pick up, which surprised me, at least with the first book as I thought that having seen the film and knowing what was coming, it might drag a little. But it didn't!

The story is about Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a dark world where the rich Capitol rules with fear and a terrifying reality TV show called the Hunger Games. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to kill or be killed in the games as only one can be crowned victor. It begins when 16-year-old Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister's place, and starts an accidental spark of hope in the districts.

The detail in these books are what kept my attention until the early hours of the morning in some cases, you slowly learn everything of this world and how it’s ran by the Capitol. The action is gripping and the ever looming threat of President Snow breathing down Katniss’s neck kept me turning the pages.

Each book seems to get more intense as you get woven further into the story and the last battle (as such) is tense with a satisfying conclusion, even thought I didn’t want the series to end.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the films, even though watching the film again after reading the book did bring about disappointment. I felt some characters weren't fully introduced and a few smaller roles were even skipped out altogether.

It usually seems the case that books are better and films skim over finer details or skip some entirely. However, this is understandable as not all of it transfers to the screen well (like thoughts if it is written in first person) and of course covering a book fully could result in the film being far too long.

I know how the Mocking Bird pin came to Katniss is a sore point for most fans who have read the book, as the film shows it differently. But I still enjoyed the film and hope the next two will fit as much details in as possible.

I would recommend the books, particularly to fans of fantasy and action. They are fairly fast paced and as some violence is described in detail, I’d suggest it isn’t suitable for really young readers.

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