The Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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The first part has been made into a film of the same name and has been released in 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy is a series for young adult readers. The first of the Trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’ published in 2008 turned out to be very successful and  has sold around 26 million books in print till date. The two sequels ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’ also received enthusiastic reception making Suzanne Collins the bestselling kindle author of all times. What is the root of this huge success? Why has a YA series taken readers of all ages by storm? The answer I think lies in something very basic – the story. Suzanne Collins can tell a good story, a story which can grab your attention with the first words and keep you hooked till the last.

This particular story is of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager from the dystopian world of Panem, a world ruled by the all-powerful Capitol and served by the twelve surrounding districts. The citizens of the Capitol lead a decadent and frivolous life while the people from the districts face desperation and poverty. An attempt at rebellion had been made in the past, but it failed and resulted in the complete annihilation of district 13 and the beginning of the cruel Hunger games. The Hunger Games, held annually, demand the sacrifice of two children from each of the districts. The children are pitted against each other in an arena for a fight to death, where there can be only one survivor – the winner. Katniss finds destiny leading her into the Hunger Games and from thereon into the political tug of war between the districts and the Capitol. Whether she can come out alive from the games, and extricate herself from the unfolding mayhem, from the position of power she is thrust into must be read in the captivating words of Collins.

Collins has found a neat balance between the fast paced action and the seriousness of the subject matter. What seems like a gruesome game eventually starts to feel very virtual like a video game. This also makes the series an easy read. Katniss Everdeen is a very well written character; she is a thinking, responsible and independent person. It is very easy to root for her even though she commits mistakes at times. The other characters are also engaging and propel the story ahead. The romantic angle in the story blends in smoothly with the main storyline and is a compelling motivator to many of the plot turns.

In conclusion: The Hunger Games series is fast paced dystopian thriller that will keep you in its grips till the end. Go for it! 

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