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Monday Quote: From The Hunger Games

 

I came across this particular quote in the third book of The Hunger Games and immediately knew that it was one that I had to hold onto.  Since I was reading someone else’s version, I couldn’t underline or highlight, so I did the next best thing… I took a picture of the paragraph with my iPod.  I like this quote because it remains pertinent to the world in the novel, but it also seems like a pretty good reminder/bit of advice for those of us currently living on earth…

Frankly, our ancestors don’t seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and the broken planet.  Clearly, they didn’t care about what would happen to the people who came after them.

 

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The Hunger Games (Book #3) – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

 
Title:  The Hunger Games (Book #3): Mockingjay
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Length: 400 pages
LOVED IT!
 
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but… I loved this book!  As I was reading through the 2nd book, I wasn’t entirely sure where Collins was going to go with the final installment, but I was both surprised and delighted with the direction that she chose.  I don’t want to ruin this for anyone who stumbles across my blog and had yet to read the trilogy, so I’ll apologize if I get vague at any point!
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
There were some elements and twists in the book that I’m guessing some readers could have seen coming, but, honestly, I didn’t.  Every character who died, survived, ended up here or there was a complete surprise to me.  There were far fewer happier moments in this book and the scenes got progressively more gruesome (if you can imagine that after the first two Games).  BUT all of the above was served up in the right portion to keep me reading and wanting more.
 
There is one portion of the novel, towards the very end, when an important and rather emotional scene takes places that I wasn’t 100% pleased by how it was presented – it felt a little rushed and slightly informal. Though, at the same time, I can see how the format the information was presented in could be in line with how the narrator would probably have to relay the details.  So, I guess that my one “gripe” isn’t a real full-on gripe.
 
Even though this book is quite obviously fiction (and possibly even a little fantasy, at that), I continue to see some parallels between the world and society of Panem and our current world.  I feel like there are many excellent lessons within these three books and I’m excited by the fact that this series is so widely popular, especially with teenagers.
 
In the end, looking back through the novels, I fell in love with characters of Katniss and Peeta.  I rarely end a book and feel a little bit of longing for the characters that I leave behind when shutting the cover, but I definitely felt it with The Hunger Games.  Now I’ll just have to sit tight until March when the first film is released in the theaters.  The trailer gives me chills.
 
 
What were your thoughts on these books?  Are you going to see the movie(s)?

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The Hunger Games (#2): Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Title:  The Hunger Games (Book #2): Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Length: 391 pages
Loved it!

Once again, the summary for the 2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy really sucks you in:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

I didn’t waste any time between completion of the first installment and this book either.  I was hooked.  I wanted to read on to find out what was going to happen to Katniss, Peeta ,and all of Panem.  Book #2 definitely has its shocking points.  I won’t lie, it took me probably about 70-75 pages to get as into the story as I was from page 1 in the first book. But, once I did get really into it, I couldn’t put the book down.

I don’t want to go into too many details, though, just in case someone is reading this who has yet to read the books (and plans on it), but I will say that there are many twists and turns in the book.  Some that you’ll possibly see coming and some that you won’t.  And Katniss is a little less clueless in this book, so it was a rare feeling of wanting to shake her and point out the obvious that she’s overlooking.

So, I can see why people don’t enjoy this book as much as the first one.  I’d have to say that I, also, prefer the first book to the second, but they’re very close.  I’ve started in on book #3, which people seem to like the least.  It’s too soon for me to make a call, but I’m excited to find out.

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The Hunger Games (Book #1) by Suzanne Collins


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The Hunger Games (Book #1)
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Length:  384 pages
Loved it!

Going into these books, I knew absolutely NOTHING about the plot.  Everything, and, really, all that I was hearing about them was how amazing the series is.  I didn’t do too much poking around on my own either, because I try to stay away from books that are Young Adult.  I am very happy, though, that someone finally loaned me their copies to check out.

Once I got the book home, I took a closer look at the summary on the back:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

Whoa?  Sign me up.

The book definitely didn’t disappoint.  The story starts out bleak and disturbing, but there is a lot of love present in the characters, which is fully realized and expressed in their actions from the very beginning.  And each chapter ends with its own little cliff hanger, pulling you in to keep reading, whether you’re ready for bed or not.

While the main character, Katniss, can, at times, makes you want to shake her because it seems like she’s overlooking the obvious, she is inspirational, funny, and, in her own way, very lovable.

There are very few books that I eagerly devour and then leap right into the next installment.  I’m almost through Book #2 and will hopefully post my thoughts next week.  So far, so good, though.  I guess that I just can’t get enough.

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