The Hunger Games - Goodreads rating: 4.54
Catching Fire - Goodreads rating: 4.39
Mockingjay - Goddreads rating: 4.07
FROM THE FIRST BOOK:
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published December 14th 2009 by Scholastic, Inc.
(first published September 14th 2008)
ISBN: 0439023483 (ISBN13: 9780439023481)
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Literary awards: Georgia Peach Book Award (2009), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009) An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009) , Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2011), Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), New York Times Notable Children's Book of (2008), Publishers Weekly's Best Books of The Year, South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2010), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2010), ALA Teens' Top Ten (2009), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010), Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), Florida Teens Read (2009), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (2010), Iowa High School Book Award (2011), ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2009), Abraham Lincoln Award (2011)
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
That rating is for the whole series. I've wrapped all my reviews of this series into one. I admit it's selfish and a bit lazy, but at least you were notified. What can I say? This series was truly all it was cracked up to be. It'd been sitting on my bookshelf for months, and I knew eventually I'd have to take a chance and read it.
I really enjoyed Hunger Games. I've heard it was sort of the start of all this dystopian melarchy in YA, and I can see why. The world is crafted with careful and precise hands, and the plot of the first book was simply flawless. Except for the whole corrupt society rebellion thing, this could have easily been shortened to a two-book series. I enjoyed Katniss and Gale and especially Peeta, and even Haymitch. As I said before, I was expecting no romance because I had read as much in other reviews, but in the later books it almost became all about the romance, not that I'm complaining. I must admit, I was on Peeta’s side the whole time. You could tell how much he loved her; much more than Gale ever could. And that's giving nothing away.
The second book, Catching Fire, got a little dicey for me because they had to go back into the games and only one victor would be decided this time. It turned out...interesting...in the end, but I just didn't feel like it met with my expectations of the first one.
And finally Mockingjay, the last book, was good...up until the ending. I'm really tempted to rant now, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Still, overall, it was an enjoyable, action-packed, heart wrenching series that I won't soon forget. No series can ever live up to it as a near-pioneer of dystopian YA.