Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

I heard great things about Suzanne Collins'The Hunger

Games and I had noticed all three of the books on the best sellers list for a while, so I asked for the trilogy this past Christmas from my parents. When I finally got them, I flew through them because they are addicting and pull you into the story. You quickly start picking and rooting for your favorite characters. While I did thoroughly enjoy the books, they do remind me a lot of the Twilight series. First of all, they're the same reading level (like second grade)–they're quick, easy reads. Secondly, Twilight is a love story with action and drama entwined, and in The Hunger Games, the emphasis is more on action with anintertwinedlove story. In Twilight Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob, and in The Hunger Games, Katniss must choose between Peeta and Gale. There is even a hybrid wolf thing that appears in The Hunger Games, similar to the wolves in Twilight.

So while I appreciate that The Hunger Games isn't super mushy because there is enough action to keep me entertained, I still feel equally annoyed with Katniss as I did with Bella. They both have similar

personalities–they're kind of like loners, they are overall liked by people, but they are reserved and keep their distance, and you wouldn't consider them leaders although people tend to follow them.

Therefore, while I do really like The Hunger Games trilogy, I don't think I like it quite as much as others because it reminds me so much of Twilight. Additionally, I wasn't a big fan of the last book, Mockingjay. I thought certain parts were drawn out too long and then Collins wrapped up the series suddenly. I am curious to see how the movie is though. It's coming to theaters in a few weeks (March 23 to be exact), so I'm looking forward to seeing if the film even compares to the book. At least with the Twilight movies, I could hardly sit through them because I thought they were so bad in comparison with the books. The trailer for The Hunger Games does make me excited though, so we'll see. Either way, I do recommend The Hunger Games trilogy for all ages and both sexes. I think The Hunger Games success is partly due to appealing to both males and females. The majority of Twilight fans are female, but since The Hunger Games is centered around fighting to the death, the series can be “”cool”” for guys too. Read and shall the odds me ever in your favour.

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