One of my favourite book series of all time is the Hunger Games Trilogy.
The stories follow the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. She lives in an dystopian future, in the ruins of North America. Her country, Panem, is made of up of 12 districts, which are ruled by the Capitol.
As a punishment for a failed revolution, there is an annual competition held called the Hunger Games. Each district must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in the games by a random draw. Essentially, the games are a fight to the death. The “victor” of the games is the last person alive.
16-year old Katniss lives in District 12 with her mother, and sister, Prim. During that year’s “reaping” (the name selection), Prim’s name is called. In a desperate move to save her sister, Katniss volunteers for the games so Prim doesn’t have to go. The other person selected for The Games is Peeta Mellark.
Basically, the first book follows Katniss and Peeta in the days leading up to the games, and in the arena. There’s suspense, betrayal, and even a budding love. The first book ends with both Katniss and Peeta being the winners of the 74th Hunger Games.
The second book, “Catching Fire”, is set a year later. That year is the 75th Hunger Games, which means it’s a Quarter Quell. A quarter quell happens every 25 years, and means that the rules of the games are changed to make it more challenging. For example, in the 50th games, 4 tributes were sent from each district, as opposed to 2.
The twist for the 75th year was that all of the victors would be reaped again. It is revealed, though, that this was changed from the original plan, in order to get Katniss back into the arena to end the revolution she’d started. There are lots of plot twists in this book, too, and a shocking ending.
In the third book, “Mockingjay”, Katniss and a few of the other victors have been saved by the Rebels. Meanwhile, Peeta was rescued by the government, and is now their prisoner. While Katniss is being the spokesperson for the rebels, she is plotting to rescue Peeta and put an end to the Capitol once and for all.
There are also four movies in the Hunger Games franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.
Finally, the most exciting news-there’s going to be another Hunger Games book! The author, Suzanne Collins, announced that a new book, set during the first 10 years after the original revolution, will be coming out on May 19th, 2020. It is currently un-named.
If I had to rate this series, I would give it 4.8 stars out of 5. I love how Katniss’ s character views the world, and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. The story-telling in all 3 books is incredible! My only criticism is that there is a LOT of bloodshed, and there were a few plot lines I didn’t like.
I will write an update once I’ve read the next book. Who else is excited to read it? There’s a rumour that this book might have a movie adaption, too!