Monday, May 14, 2012

A Review Of The Hunger Games Trilogy

I know I have not posted a book review in a few weeks, but I have been reading the Hunger Games trilogy and thought this would be a good one to discuss. I know a lot of you have already read these, but I am sure some of you haven't yet. Maybe some of you can't even bare the thought of this kind of future so it's best to just not read it and it will go away...maybe, maybe not.

When I first began to read the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, and now of course, a major motion picture, it seemed to drag a bit, but once I saw her reasoning and setting, I realized her motive. Then, I got into the novel. It grabbed me and I now cannot escape.

Yes, the thought is terrifying, and by no means, you want to pray this never happens, but there is a possibility. We have (the human race) always circled back around and re-did our past. We don't learn from our mistakes. And, maybe that's why certain people do not want to read these books, the thought scares them. Just remember, these are fiction books, and possibly a wake up call, if you want to look at it that way.

I absolutely love them, and can't wait to get back to reading them. I read out loud to my husband every night, so when we decide to stop and go to sleep, I have to wait until the next night to find out what happens, and it's killing me!

We are almost done with the second book, and I received a Nook for Mother's Day, so my daughter downloaded the third book for me on it. We are set for tomorrow night.

Although the story is gripping and literally grabs you by the throat, there is one thing that I found I would have changed if I were the writer, I would have added more detail in certain places. I realize that young people have no attention span now a days and want to read a fast paced book, but I believe that more detail would have added to the richness of the writing. Other than that, the books receive an 'A' from me!

Adding more detail is one of the reasons I probably will re-think whether or not to list my book under the YA category. I have a lot of detail and wanted to slow down the first part of my book, so that you can really experience what my main character is going through. I hope that's a good thing for those of you that like to sink into a book. To actually feel what she is, and to want to turn the page. That is my goal anyway.

You should really give the Hunger Games trilogy a try. I think you will find that they are hard to put down. Yes, the thought is horrific, but you will find yourself cheering Katniss on, and praying for her survival.

Until next time, I hope all of you have a great week, and don't forget to drop me a comment, I love to hear your thoughts!

Love, Lisa


  1. Wow, Now I want to read the Hunger Games. I recently heard a question on Jeaopardy about the Hunger Games stating that the author came up with idea after she was watching 2 unrelated shows, and her mind connected them. I hope I get one of those obscure ideas one day. Great reading your blog. Love it, Donna

  2. I have read very little about this book/movie. You make an interesting point about YA novels, though. Are they really in such a hurry that they don't want any detail? I do like to get to know my characters and their environment when reading a book so I would think some detail is always welcome. That rather puts me off reading this, in fact...

  3. I love those books! I read the entire trilogy in 4 days! lol
    @DonnaMom - do you know what 2 unrelated shows it was? just curious....

  4. Thanks for the posts ladies, I am glad to see people read my blog! Yes, they are very good books Donna, and they are an easy read. If you like action, and get into your characters then you will like these books. Petchary, although a lot of YA books have this sort of concept that youths won't like books with too much detail, I disagree, but for some reason the publishing world thinks so. Although there are certain parts you wish have more detail in them, it is still a great story and keeps you wanting more, hence Jenna's post. You should at least try them, and if you find you can't overlook detail in the places you wish you had more, then move on. Thanks again, I love hearing from all of you!

  5. I knew you would like them!

    That there needs to be more detail, coming from you, is a big thing. I know you don't like overdone detail. I do agree that there were parts that needed to be 'beefed up'.

    I finally saw the movie and thought that they did a good job with all the pertinent parts of the story, even eliminating minor characters. My daughter had a good point though, there is a message in the books (won't spoil it for those that haven't read them) that was not fleshed out in the movie. I hope that they bring it more to the fore with the next two.

    The Hunger Games will make you think, it will grip you, it may even scare some of you, but it is so worth the read.

    "And may the odds be ever in your favor." ~Effie Trinket


    I absolutely loved these books.