I was totally dragging my feet about reading TheHunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. I was just reluctant because Young Adult books can be so hit and miss for me based on enjoyment and ability to finish the books! It is not always that the stories are not interesting, it just they are too, well, juvenile to hold my attention. Well finally, enough of my gal pals had insisted that I read it. Let me just put it this way, I finished the first one - Hunger Games - in 3 days and the second one - Catching Fire - in just over ONE day! Let me point out that they are both close to 400 pages each! But now I am stuck in an awful predicament!!! The last book in the trilogy - Mockingjay- doesn't come out until AUGUST 24th, 2010!!!!!!!!! And of course Collins ended Catching Fire in an incredible and practically perfect cliffhanger. I mean if you wanted to define "cliffhanger" by using a book example - Catching Fire would be it!! The world created by Collins is enthralling. You are drawn into this story right from the start. Each character is carefully developed. And the story has so many layers it is difficult not to sink right in! Oh and how cool is this - Hunger Games will be a major motion picture at some point next year!!
So here is a little bit about the titles: (PLEASE NOTE: The synopsis of each title gives a little bit of a spoiler as to the outcome of the previous title)
Hunger Games: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.
Catching Fire: Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
MockingJay: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
I give the first two titles:
And I am sure that Mockingjaywill achieve that same level of incredibleness!!! (See the books are so good, I am making up words to praise them!)
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