Surprisingly enjoyed it.,
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This review is from: The Hunger Games Complete Trilogy (Kindle Edition)
So much hype around these books, had to check it out. Loved the first book - The Hunger Games - immensely, even though it reminded me a lot about Battle Royale. The overall plot of shipping unwilling participants to an arena where they have to fight it out until the last one standing alive wins, with gamemakers making the rules so that the participants are forced against one another was certainly similar to Battle Royale, but thankfully there were enough differences to save the book and even make it enjoyable. The first person perspective gives us a unique insight into Katniss's thought-process throughout the whole situation and I appreciated that aspect. There were times when I wished I knew what Peeta was thinking but it was nice to make my own inferences or guesses just based on Katniss' observations. The writing was also well-handled and the pacing was, in my opinion, well done - not too draggy or too quick.
The 2nd and 3rd books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay were more complicated and more characters were introduced and different settings, i.e. District 13. I felt the books were more gritty and admired the author for actually having the guts to write a series that had an ending that left you feeling ambivalent and unsettled. It felt real because real life's a lot like that - you don't ever have your perfect ending where you end up walking into the sunset victorious and happy and settled. Life's just not like that, not if you've been through the kind of hell that Katniss went through. The ending really made it stick and even though I would have liked a Happy Ever After, I felt that it was suitable to the series and kudos to Collins for writing it as such.