by Suzanne Collins
At the beginning of the summer, I joined the masses and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I approached this addictive series differently than I normally do movie-book franchises — I saw the movie first. My main reason for picking up The Hunger Games was to reap the extra background information necessary to fully understand the intricacies of the film. I was left pleasantly surprised and frustrated after reading the first book in the trilogy. The surprise came from the fact that Suzanne Collins captivated me with her intriguing plot and cliffhangers. On the other hand, my frustration resulted from a lack of background detail that left Collins’ world-creation wanting. She provides some history of Panem, while developing the current state of the country, but Collins doesn’t go far enough and leaves the reader feeling as if they’re just short of fully understanding the complicated politics of this seemingly post-apocalyptic society.
The Hunger Games trilogy was the perfect summer read, despite the criticisms I may have. The story kept me glued to the pages and scrambling to find the next in the series. I even stayed up to 6am to finish the final installment of The Hunger Games in one day. At the very end, Collins writes a conclusion I must applaud, because I did not see it coming. While at times I sensed a predictable pattern in the unfurling plot, the ending left me baffled. The Hunger Games trilogy is for anyone needing a temporary escape to another world and is the perfect vacation read.
Note: This post was originally posted in the “Summer Summary” of 2012.