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Shvoong Home>Books>Science Fiction & Fantasy>The Hunger Games Review

The Hunger Games

Book Review   by:losryno     Original Author: Suzanne Collins
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Just recently I finished the Hunger Games Trilogy. Now, the popular opinion on this series is that it is a "kiddie" book saga not far removed from the Twilight Saga. I personally believe that an adult can find enjoyment in these books. However, they are very predictable, almost to the point that I was imagining what would happen several hundred pages before it did. Also in some sections it seemed as if it was adding blood and guts for no apparent reason.
Now on a positive note, the series does have wonderful character development. It makes you believe in Katniss. It makes you feel her pain and joy as her life spirals out of control. The story is very good. It weaves a very acceptable and "pleasant" picture of a post-apocalyptic world.
On a sour note, the authoress describes the book as a pre-teen to young adult novel. However, I felt that some of the metaphors and references to our society would not be understood or even picked up by kids of that age group. If they were to pick up on the metaphors there would be no way a normal everyday teen could understand the consequences of war and poverty, which this story parallels nicely.
This series could be picked apart on several different levels by men much more skilled than I, and I feel that that is the strong adult draw to this series. As adults we can understand the implications of war and poverty, and it helps us almost come to terms with what we have done and what we could possibly do.
I would suggest this series to any adult who would like a deep philosophical read, or and teenager looking for a book to pass the time. It is a fantastic story, if only lacking in plot twists and turns. It is a must read.
Published: April 30, 2012   
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