In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual 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. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival…
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Let me first start off by saying that I don’t normally read YA (young adult). I really had no intention of even reading this series, but my ten-year old son wanted to read it and I’m one of those parents that’s overprotective and wants to make sure that what he is reading is okay for his little eyes. I started reading it when he was on Chapter 6, which he is still on because his friends told him everything that happens in all the books, so he won’t read the rest of it. These three books were quick reads and I finished them in no time at all and that was in the midst of taking full-time classes at the University I attend.
I actually found myself caught up in the story of Katniss and The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins does such a fabulous job of building the characters of Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Haymitch, and all the rest of them that I had a hard time walking away from them. I was genuinely interested in what would happen as the Hunger Games took place and even after. Collins draws the reader in with exquisite details and descriptions of the Capitol, the districts surrounding it and the citizens of each one. The series is action packed and although it is from the POV of a 16/17-year-old, I truly enjoyed it all it had to offer. As I read, I felt the happiness, the hurt, the anger, the tension, and the fear of Katniss and those around her. When I slid my finger across the face of my Kindle to the last page of Mockingjay, I felt sad that I wouldn’t be reading any more about Katniss, Peeta, or Gale. This is when you know that you have a great book (series) – when the reader is sad to see the characters go away (so to speak).
I would definitely recommend this series, not just for young readers, but even for us older readers. I am giving the series (as well as all three books) a 5 out of 5 Stars! Well done Ms. Collins!