The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy

A dear friend of mine recommended The Hunger Games Trilogy to read, and having nothing else better to do, I did. Unfortunately, I didn't liked the books as I hoped I would.

The story starts off with Katniss Everdeen, a young girl living in District 12 of Panem. Katniss volunteered to take part in the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. The Hunger Games is an annual event organized by The Capitol (rules and oversees the 12 districts of Panem) in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the districts are selected via lottery. The participants must kill each other and only one person can emerge a winner. 

I've read many books that are derivative, but somehow, reading The Hunger Games bothered me a lot. The plot is eerily close to Battle Royale (and was reminded a bit of my beloved Firefly: Alliance = Panem, The Capitol = Core Planets, and Outlying Planets = 12 Districts). Another thing that bothered me was the lack of depth. After finishing the books, I had no idea what was the point in reading them. It's certainly not a love story, and the conflict with The Capitol and the 13 districts lacked breadth and resolution. I also have to mention that the lead characters are very uninteresting. If only I wasn't reading the trilogy from my Kindle, I would have hurled the books across the room from utter boredom. I really wished it wasn't written in the first person. The plot itself has the potential to turn out great, but seeing the story unfold through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen in my opinion, watered it down.
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