I enjoyed the Hunger Games to a certain extent, but I had trouble relating to the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. For one, Katniss is emotionally aloof in the first novel. Secondly, the trilogy’s primary demographic is young adult — and that’s certainly not me.
Katniss Everdeen is more emotionally transparent in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Author Suzanne Collins gives readers glimpses into Katniss’ internal conflicts. But perhaps because I’m not a teenager, the trilogy, overall, was not a riveting read. It’s also very possible that I compare every young adult series to Lord of the Rings, which remains unsurpassed in my estimation.
In Catching Fire, the second book, Katniss has returned to District 12 as a Hunger Game victor. The love triangle is as intense as ever: Katniss ignores Peeta, Gale ignores Katniss, and it’s unclear which boy Katniss truly loves. The Capitol throws a new wrench in the upcoming Hunger Games: the two tributes from each district shall be victors from previous Hunger Games. The ensuing competition scenes are my favorite moments in the entire trilogy. The Capitol’s special effects in the arena and how the tributes outwit them — these are more exciting than the arena scenes in the first book.
Mockingjay, the third book, includes a twist about Peeta that is pretty good. But the usual love triangle is in place, and I didn’t have an inclination as to which team I was on. The other thing was the action scenes between the Rebels and the Capitol lacked suspense.
I can see the Hunger Games trilogy being a more enjoyable read if I read them consecutively during an extended vacation. It’s lightly engaging reading with some love drama, teenage angst, and heroic battle scenes. I’m glad the series has been so popular, which is great for extending the appreciation for science fiction. Overall, I like the whole concept of those bloody Hunger Games, but the trilogy didn’t blow my mind.