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February 22, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Hungry for more

Hunger games

The hunger games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, is fantastic! I love the concept and I thought that it was really cleverly executed. The first and second were by far my favourites as they are the ones that explored the psychology of the hunger games, left you guessing about what some of the character’s motivations were and in the case of characters like Effie and Haymitch conjured up conflicted feelings. All three novels served as a reminder of how terrifying power and control can be.

The first book introduces the idea of the hunger games and immediately draws the reader in. Every year two children, from each of the 12 districts of fictional Panem, are sent to battle to the death whilst their families watch on in horror and the privileged of the country in excitement bordering on hysteria. The detailed descriptions of Katniss’s suffering, in the first book, makes the reader feel as if they are experiencing the games alongside her whilst the sponsors sending gifts, more extravagant with each new romantic development, between Katniss and Peeta, and the nightly death count are twisted reminders of the repression of the district people and the corruption of their innocent.

Mob mentality was also explored massively in these books, with the Capitol people coming across as frivolous and absurdly cruel. For me, these books explored the ways in which people can justify/dismiss things that are happening in other places, in the world, and how media hype can disguise the fact that real people’s lives are being played with. A fantastic and chilling look at society’s flaws.

Did the Hunger Games leave you hungry for more?

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  1. calmgrove / Nov 26 2013 5:56 pm

    This is a trilogy I meant to read in August before I got round to the first film. The best laid plans, eh…
    As it is I’ve bought more books since (ssh!) and watched the film first, the line I try not to cross though I’ve failed badly in this case. At least it hasn’t put me off reading the books!

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