- When my wife first suggested that I read The Hunger Games trilogy, I misunderstood her reason for doing so. I assumed that she thought I would enjoy the series, and I did to an extent. What I did not understand was that her true purpose for getting me to read it was so that I could validate her interpretation of the end of the trilogy. The fact that she patiently waited throughout the months it took me to finish the books is a testament to her saintliness.
- The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where humanity has nearly been obliterated from the face of the earth. The nation of Panem is the last bastion of civilization, divided into twelve districts and controlled by the Capitol. While life in the districts is quite miserable, the Capitol is a lush, highly technological stronghold. The series draws its name from the gladitorial games run by the Capitol as punishment for the failed rebellion by the districts 75 years previously. Now two teens from each district are sent to the Hunger Games each year to fight to the death.
- The world itself is fascinating as are many of the characters. The issue I have with the book is the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Following her through the series is much like watching a feral cat. It actually makes her the least interesting character in the series.
- I don't regret reading the books. I was genuinely hooked by the plot and I wanted to see what happened next. And Collins' writing was fluid and easily readible. But its flaws are substantial enough to sour the experience.
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