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The Hunger Games has damm near swept the entire world. After good friend Jassy (and fellow blogger) suggested the book on Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr, I finally gave in and downloaded the eBooks onto my iPad. I haven’t gotten around to buying a Kindle yet, and I find it strange that they don’t sell the Fire in Canada.  I’ve considered getting the Kobo Vox Color, but I’m still jealous of my American counterparts and their Kindles. I’m not 100% pro-eReader, but I am 100% pro-not stuffing my bag with heavy books. My iPad takes the space of twelve 1000+ page textbooks for school, 5GB of school and personal files, and a mini-version of my small paper library. I treat books on my iPad like books borrowed from the library; only when I really like the book do I go out and buy it.

On to The Hunger Games.

Besides material associated with class (99.9% of what I currently read), the left over .1% is leisure material. With The Hunger Games craze, I decided to give the books a try once I realized it wasn’t about anything stupid like vampires. Dystopian, kids duking it out to the death, a little love affair…originally I thought that some how Battle Royale had been re-mastered and translated like everyone else did, but finally enough people blew me off and continued to berate me to “just read the damm book and stop analyzing everything”.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were pretty cool. I’m pretty sure I gave both books a 5/5 on GoodReads. Seriously. I honestly thought the first two entries to the trilogy were pretty great. Action packed, loads of detail, either slightly evolved characters or blooming ones, and a few good baby cliffhangers between chapters. I started The Hunger Games mid-boring lecture, and was glued to it even though my class was slowly filling out of the amphitheatre. There was just enough detail and speed in it to keep me glued with the suspense. Post-apocalyptic world (in which only America obviously survives…) where America has been sectioned off and forced to slave for the main government’s benefit doesn’t really seem all that far fetched.  The fact that this sort of barbaric dystopian theme is not only gaining popularity, but doesn’t surprise me (not on a level of “oh this has been done before”, but “eh, that could happen if people got just a little crazier”) is quite disheartening. With the flu’s grip on me (laugh if you know how to say “flu”, not influenza in French), I finished The Hunger Games pretty quickly and ended up devouring Catching Fire in one NyQuil-hazed sitting. “District 12 is gone.” had me pretty hype. Catching Fire, I find, was seriously the climax of this trilogy. Lots of snarky and sarcastic remarks, and “aawwwwwwsheeiiitt” moments. I was happy and excited when I started Mockingjay.

And then, I wasn’t.

When I started Mockingjay, I was expecting Katniss to just walk to Capitol and shoot herself out of a cannon in a Cinna-designed arrow and kill President Snow. But that didn’t exactly happen. Instead, a lot of nice people died (Finnick? Seriously? I mean, SERIOUSLY SUZANNE?!) without proper closure, it was a little wordy and dreary in the first part, THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO RECOLLECTION OF WHAT HAPPENS TO CINNA, IS HE AN AVOX, IS HE DEAD, WHAT HAPPENED?!, and somehow she ended up with Peeta over Gale (totally a bad idea, she just chose Peeta because she figured they’d been through the same garbage together and Gale was too far away). Katniss was no longer this super cranky girl, but now basically a puddle of tears every few chapters. I ended up giving the novel a 3/5 and not even leaving a review.

Mockingjay was slightly depressing to tell the truth. This novel spurs from two exciting and emotion-suppressing books, only to be a dose of realism. Mockingjay shows what war and brutality does to a person. PTSD, brainwashing, cruelty, and mass-death (mostly civilian casualties, not “rebels”) effected everyone. From the strongest characters, to the presumed least unstable. As much as I don’t want to admit it, Mockingjay brings a kind of reality to this series, but does it in a way in which I’m wondering if this book is still for YA. Many people has questioned Collins for supposedly downplaying war and brutality, but I don’t think that they’ve read this last book. This ending shows what disparity can look like, and that things don’t always turn out peachy-keen.

The Hunger Games 
Catching Fire 

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