Suzanne Collins’s mega bestselling series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is now the bestselling series of all time on Amazon. This series has even beaten Harry Potter. All three books are available in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to to check out for free. For those who aren’t Prime members, all of the books run about $5 each.
The trilogy takes place in post-war United States. The new country is called Panem, and is composed of 12 districts that each provide different goods for the Capitol. District 13 was supposedly destroyed when the Capitol took control. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and her family live in District 12, the smallest and poorest district.
The Hunger Games is a lot like the Olympics, except that it is a group of teenagers who are put in an arena. The 24 young tributes fight to the death until there is one remaining victor.
The first book in the dystopian series introduces the reader to the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, her best friend Gale, and fellow tribute, Peeta, along with many other interesting characters. Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 in the Hunger Games.
Katniss and Peeta are in for another fight for their lives. The whole country of Panem is stirred up, and on the brink of rebellion. Surprisingly, this book sucked me in a lot more than the other two.
The final book in the trilogy covers the full on rebellion in Panem, with Katniss as the Mockingjay. The Mockingjay gives them hope for a better future. Will the Districts succeed in taking the Capitol? It is yet to be seen.
I’m keeping the summaries short to avoid risk of spoiling anything for those who have not read the series yet. The obstacles that Katniss, Peeta and others face are just downright bizarre. But, there is a very human aspect to the books as well. That’s what drew me into Harry Potter, and has done the same with the Hunger Games Trilogy.
The writing style and Katniss’s point of view also makes this trilogy so easy to relate to despite the brutal circumstances. The reader gets a glimpse of her thoughts, emotions, reactions to various situations, and her feelings for the people around her. I also love the sense of humor. The characters find humor despite the dire circumstances.