Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Entry #4

       The Hunger Games trilogy consists of great, easy to read books with an interesting plot consisting of action and drama. While Hunger Games and Catching Fire refer to the actual games, Mockingjay focuses more on the larger picture and ultimately the rebellion against the Capitol. Personally, I think that the first two books were much better than the last, which was very slow in the beginning and, in my opinion, had a poor ending.
        Catching Fire was definitely my favorite of the three because it was the most dramatic and had a substantial storyline. Hunger Games was more of an introductory book in which the reader receives a chance to get to know the characters and how the actual games take place. In Catching Fire, the audience is able to see the characters develop and form significant relationships with one another. For example, Katniss and Peeta's relationship grows even stronger at the Quarter Quell and Gale's presence is more noticeable in this book. Haymitch is not seen as such a joke of a character anymore and he actually plays a very important role; at the end the audience finds out that he was one of the people behind the revolution. I also like how the author included the transformation of Prim, the innocent young girl in the first book, to a stronger, more independent teenager in the second book. The games in itself was much more interesting with the idea of the clock, with each section having its own special strategy to kill off the tributes. Also, the tributes were creating allies with one another and working together to avoid all of the obstacles, which there seemed to be a great deal of throughout the book. I was able to read this book very quickly because I was so intrigued to find out what was going to happen next in the storyline.
         On the other hand, Mockingjay was my least favorite of the three. I felt that it was much different from the other two books and it did not even include its own Hunger Games. The entire beginning of the book in which Katniss resides in District 13 was boring. Also, Peeta was tortured by the Capitol through the use of tracker jackers and was stripped of all of his happy memories of Katniss, replacing them with new memories of her. All the time that the author spent building up Katniss and Peeta's relationship was wasted because for most of the third book Peeta resents her and is trying to kill her. All of a sudden, at the very end of the book, the readers find out that Peeta and Katniss live happily ever after and have two children. The entirety of the trilogy was spent analyzing Katniss' relationships with both Gale and Peeta and how she could not decide who she loved. She had major trust issues with both of them, and she was not even sure she wanted to be with either of them. It surprises me that the author would so abruptly decide to have Peeta and Katniss get married and have children. Other aspects of Mockingjay that I did not like were when both Prim and Finnick died. Finnick died while being attacked by Mutts and the crew just left him behind, and the author never spoke of him again. He played a major role in this book and was building a strong friendship with Katniss when he suddenly dies and is never referenced again. Prim, who had matured so nicely from the beginning of the first book, and had so much potential to become a doctor, also passes away at the end of this book. She was the only person left who Katniss was able to truly relate to and who Katniss could confide in. Unfortunately, I think that the plot for Mockingjay was a little bit unrelated to the first two books and I did not enjoy reading it nearly as much as I enjoyed the first two books.
         The themes in each of the books such as loyalty, sacrifice and love are what makes the books so intriguing to the readers. The action in the games and the drama between the characters creates a great read for the audience.


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