review: the hunger games trilogy.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on April 3, 2011

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It’s a dreary day here in Grand Rapids…chill, lots of rain, even a bit of thunder and lightening.  I ventured out for church this morning, but beyond that, I’m quite content curled up at home.

After reading later into the night than I probably should have and finishing this afternoon, I just finished reading Mockingjay, thus finishing the entire Hunger Games trilogy.

It was probably a year or so ago when my oldest niece, Katie (who would have been 12 years old at the time), tried to tell me how much she thought I would really like these books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay).  I shrugged off her suggestions, not particularly wanting to take book recommendations from a pre-teen.  It wasn’t until people my own age, including Julie and her husband, Ryan, started raving about the series that I decided Katie might have been on to something.

She was so completely right.  The stories are action-packed, suspenseful, and even have a touch of romance.  The premise is the books are set in a futuristic America referred to as Panem, divided into the Capital and 12 Districts.  Each year, the Districts send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 into the Hunger Games which is essentially a battle to the death and one person comes out as the Victor.  Katniss Everdeen, the main character, finds herself in the Hunger Games arena as a tribute from District 12, and the three books follow her story related to her experience in the Games.  She goes into the arena with Peeta Mellark, the male tribute from District 12 and their stories become intertwined.  I was rooting for Katniss the whole time, wanting to see her succeed.

Out of the three books, Catching Fire was probably my favorite.  As the second book, the characters were well established and the action started right from the beginning.  The Hunger Games was a good read, but it was a couple chapters before it really became a page-turner for me.  Mockingjay was also a bit of a slow starter, but by this time I knew the action and drama was coming, and I was anxious to find out what happened to the characters I had come to know so well.  Like any good book or series, the characters are ones that I quickly became attached to!

I hate to give away too much, so definitely go pick up the first book.  If you’re anything like I was, you’ll be hooked pretty quickly!  I honestly didn’t have the highest of expectations, but was very pleasantly surprised.  They’re not necessarily the most intellectual books in the world, but they are well-written, engaging, and entertaining.  I was surprised, though, that this is a series aimed at the pre-teen and teen demographic because they are pretty gruesome at points.  Then again, at that age, I was hooked on all the Sweet Valley series which is a far-cry from the plots in this trilogy!  But, no less, there were points I was even cringing at what was happening!

(Speaking of Sweet Valley, there’s a new book featuring Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield:  Sweet Valley Confidential.  I’m definitely going to need to get my hands on a copy of this!)

breakfast.

I had a cereal (Kashi GoLean! Crunch) and granola (Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Crunch) mix on my way out the door this morning.  The flavor of the granola slightly overpowered the cereal, but otherwise it was a good mix.

I went to the 2nd service at church this morning and I had a really hard time focusing on the teaching.  I don’t really think I heard much of anything that was said which is a bit unfortunate.  I was really sad on the drive home to see that gas is now $3.89 a gallon!  This makes me not want to drive more than absolutely necessary – it’s so expensive!  Sadface.

lunch.

I wasn’t super hungry once I got home since breakfast was a bit later, but hungry enough to need something.  I had a plate of chips and cheese paired with a bit of salsa and guacamole.

I finished off the last bit of the Pepperidge Farm cake while I was reading…but didn’t want to put Mockingjay down long enough to snap a picture!  😉

Time to get my nose out of the pages of a book and join the real world for awhile!

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