25 June 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy Review


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The Hunger Games trilogy has been a much talked about, and raved about, trilogy for a fair few months now. The books themselves have been out a considerable while now but since the release of the movie of the first book in the trilogy, the books are everywhere you look.

Admittedly, before the film came out, I had never heard of The Hunger Games. Bad, right? Especially for an avid reader and book lover. But I hadn't. 

So there was a massive hype around the movie when it came out. But after finding out the movie was based on a book, that was it, I couldn't see it. Not without reading the books first. And read them I did.

It has taken me a little less than two weeks altogether, to read the entire trilogy. Not bad going in between blogging, getting used to now ~ temporarily ~ living with my partner, social events with friends and Download festival.

I wasn't sure I was going to get into this trilogy as much as other people whom I'd seen rave and rave about them. But my golly gosh was I wrong! I fell in love with the books completely and utterly and I am actually devastated to say there is no more, that is it, the end. Obviously there are the films to look forward to, but books are always so much different. There will always be details in a book that you just cannot capture in a film, no matter how big your budget.

I don't want to go into detail about each book in this review, that would take a long time and the plot is very varied and often complicated in places. So instead I will give you a run down of the entire trilogy.

For starters, the entire trilogy is insanely addictive. You really get a feel of the lead characters life, Katniss Everdeen. The whole trilogy is from her perspective and you go through emotion she does. Katniss Everdeen is from District 12 in Paneem, and volunteers to take her younger sisters place in The Hunger Games - A sadistic arena set up where two tributes from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol fight to the death. 

Other characters you really get a close feel of are Gale, Katniss' closest friend, Peeta, the second tribute from District 12 who joins Katniss in the games, Haymitch, their mentor and a previous winner of the games, as well as many other characters. 

The first book details the 74th annual Hunger Games, whilst the other two books detail the onslaught of a rebellion against the games and Capitol.

I don't want to say much more, in fear of ruining it for new readers. But the trilogy is exciting, tense, emotional, passionate and thrilling. It's a great alternative to other books out their with female lead roles, and is quite possibly the best trilogy I have yet to read. There's violence, passion, love, friendships, terror, fear and excitement throughout the whole trilogy.

I could not recommend this trilogy enough. The Hunger Games have become some of my most favourite books and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, getting to know the characters, being completely sucked into the story line and going along the roller-coaster of emotions with Katniss. All three books were very hard to put down!

Have you read The Hunger Games? What do you think of them? Who is your favourite character and why? 


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  1. I haven't read the trilogy yet, but I'm dying to! The films came out just as I was starting exams so I didn't want to distract myself with the books and I'm waiting patiently for them to make an appearance in my library now!

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    1. You should read them, they are great :) xo

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  2. I just finished reading the trilogy too :) I didn't think I'd enjoy them half as much as I did! I love Peeta and Finnick xx

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    1. Me too - I thought they'd just been over-hyped! But I was wrong! xo

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  3. I read these but I will admit I never finished the last book as I never felt the story was going anywhere so got a bit bored. I might try and finish it though.

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    1. The last book for me, was the hardest to read. But still worth it xo

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  4. I have the first one at home waiting for me to read. I have not seen the film, so have no idea on what to expect, but am looking forward to it! x

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  5. I read these in about a week when I was at work (naughty!) but just couldn't put them down! I felt like they were so fast paced and exciting, strange as I originally thought the storyline wasn't my cup of tea. I'm currently trying to get the boyfriend to read them as he loved the film!

    I really liked Snow as a character, he was so well written and you really felt how evil he actually was.

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    1. I think my favourite parts for Snow, was the final book and when he was captured onwards. xo

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  6. I read this trilogy fairly quick, within the space of a week. I must say I rate these above so many of the other popular story to film books, Twilight especially. The love story in the book is similar in some respects but I can relate more to Hunger Games for some reason and must admit Id have loved just a few more pages at the end of book 3! I read a lot and have never reviewed as I dont like reading the ins and outs before picking a book up myself but the way you have done it is great. You dont give much away - who wants to read a story they already know the ending to?

    Tai x

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    1. That is what I was trying to do, not give anything away but enough to show people it's worth a read :) xo

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  7. I love, love these books! I finished all three in about a week. I didn't read them until I was done school for the semester. I totally went into hermit mode where all I did was work, eat, sleep and read. I love all the characters. You are right that this book gets a lot of hype, I wasn't that interested in the beginning either, but now I'm in love!

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    1. I had to wait until after exams to start them, too! xo

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  8. I've been meaning to read these but like you, I have to read something before I see it in film form! x

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  9. I have read all three and have lent my copies to many people because I enjoyed them so much. Read them all before the first film came out so I happily watched the film. It kept quite close to the book to be fair to them.. My favourite characters are Peeta. I love how loyal he is to Katniss.

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing the film when it comes out on DVD! xo

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  10. I downloaded the 3 of these onto my kindle at the weekend, cant wait to get stuck into them! xox

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  11. I haven't seen the film yet, I prefer to read the books first too. I've heard the film has changed stupid little things, like who gave Katniss the mockingjay pin.
    I couldn't put the books down, I was reading them with breakfast and then again in the evening. Now I'm on the look out for something equally as good to read next!x

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    1. I found them so hard to put down, too! xo

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  12. I loved The Hunger Games series, was sad when there was no more to read! Have you read any of the other YA dystopia themed trilogies that are a bit similar to The Hunger Games? x

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    1. Me too! I didn't want them to end! No I haven't, but I will note them down for future reference! xo

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  13. I haven't read them but really want to now! xo

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    1. You really should! They are so worth it xo

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  14. i read all of them and saw the movie. Peeta is a great character :) but i loved Caesar Flickerman's grin in the movie!

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    1. I can't wait to see the film myself xo

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  15. this is such a great review, thanks for not ruining anything for those of us who haven't read the books! These are definitely added to my summer reading list! ;) xxx

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    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :) xo

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