The Bottom Line
- Collins creates new worlds & characters you immediately become attached to through every up & down.
- Collins’ ferociously good prose is stronger than either Rowling’s or Meyer’s.
- Collins develops real emotions & dialogue between teenagers growing up with horrific challenges.
- You want the perfect summer read? Take on The Hunger Games Trilogy.
- Absolutely nothing. This is for young adults to seniors.
- 'The Hunger Games' was published September 14, 2008; 'Catching Fire' was published September 1, 2009.
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- 'The Hunger Games': 384 pages; 'Catching Fire': 400 pages
Guide Review - 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins - Book Review
Katniss Everdeen lives with her mother and sister in District 12, illegally hunting in the woods outside their small mining town’s parameters so her family can survive starvation after the loss of her father in a mine explosion. When her sister is chosen for The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place and enters the Games with a boy who helped her survive one dark winter in the past. And now she has to kill him and 22 others.
The main theme of The Hunger Games Trilogy is how suppression, war and hunger take their toll on the young and how the young, with courageous and unhardened hearts, in their lives and in their deaths, can spark a society to change. Collins works magic in the world of Panem, revealing humanity’s worst inclinations to fear and be feared and how determination, sacrifice and love can conquer even the greatest empire of evil.
The Hunger Games introduces The Capitol’s regime and what Katniss must choose to do to survive the Games; Catching Fire takes her back into the ring with the fate of all the districts in the balance. The Hunger Games is perfect in introducing us to a beautiful array of characters and how this society works. Catching Fire reveals the darkest hour and what it will take to tear this society down. What will Mockingjay bring? I can’t wait to find out.