So, for a little background, the Hunger Games Trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The setting of the trilogy is a futuristic country called Panem that is separated into 12 different districts. Two young teenagers from each district are drafted to participate in The Hunger Games each year. Out of the 24 contestants, only one will live. This country is a result of the collapse of the United States, and plays off of reality show culture.
The first book in the series, The Hunger Games, introduces Katniss, the main character of the series. She takes her sister Prim’s place in the Games along with Peeta, the other representative in District 12. They are out to woo their audience while outlasting their competitors, literally. One reviewer quoted the movie “Jaws” when describing the nature of the torture this book:
“you don’t actually need to SEE the shark in order for it to be terrifying. Sometimes not seeing the shark is even worse.”
Catching Fire explores Panem’s political structure, and the rebellion that comes from the results of the previous year’s Hunger Games. Katniss takes on more of a leadership role and the novel provides a great lead in for the final book in the series.
Mockingjay is a war story. Panem is at war, and Katniss has to fight the battles while facing the ghosts that have cropped up after three years of relentless brutality. The lives of her family and friends are at stake. All of this has come from the government and the evil President Snow. I have friends who have said that this book is a real thriller, and that they couldn’t put it down.
There is a bit of romance in this trilogy and physical violence of course, considering it is about fighting for survival. The mind torture is what makes the trilogy a hit with adults in what appears to be strictly young adult reading material. The reviews are awesome. Collins manages to take an idea that is not so new and adds a fresh spin to it. She also adds a bit of humor to provide comic relief. One Amazon.com book reviewer claims this is the first series that they’ve had such a strong connection with since Harry Potter.