If you read the collective body of reader reviews of those three books, anywhere on the Internet, the one thing they all have in common on every websi...moreIf you read the collective body of reader reviews of those three books, anywhere on the Internet, the one thing they all have in common on every website that has a lot of such customer reviews, is that the preponderance of people liked the first book best, followed by the second book as their second favorite, with the final book as their third favorite choice.
But the actual truth is that, whereas, the first book is monstrously BAD in so many, many ways, the second book is actually a little bit better, and the third book is a tiny bit better than the second one. None of them rises to a level that makes the entire trilogy worth reading. All of them are VERY poorly written, even if it's the first one that is written at an INSANELY poor level.
In the first book, it appears that the number one most heavily used word is "I" which is a part of countless sentences. Plus, most of the sentences in that first book are three, four, or five word sentences. There were not many 15 or 20 word sentences; and I came, only very rarely, upon a sentence that contained as many as 25 words-- and, even then, they were almost always very short words. I did find one sentence that had 41 words and it was almost ridiculously jarring and out of place in the ocean of "See Spot Run" level drivel around it.
Not to say that sentence length, or sentence complexity, is the "be-all and end-all" of quality writing, but the "Dick and Jane and Spot" level at which the first book is written is truly maddening. And I'm totally CERTAIN that it is written at a LOWER level than is absolutely necessary for even the most pathetically SLOW reader in most high schools, unless we are talking about kids who literally CAN'T read at all, and are never going to be able to do so!
The overriding storyline concept of all three books is utterly repugnant, and disgusting, and barbaric, and offensive, and sickeningly CREEPY, and just plain fucking AWFUL; with almost ZERO redeeming features supplied to offset any of that horrid putrefaction. Thus, it's *NOT* really a well-suited theme for kids, nor for teens, nor for readers of "Y/A" schlock. Nor, is it a decent storyline concept/theme even for full-fledged adults!
It is nothing but pure "violent child pornography" about government sponsored "forced fights to the death" between under-aged minors for the entertainment benefit of adults! If the book had included any photos or drawings supplied as accompanying illustrations for the text, the author and the illustrator might, conceivably, already be facing decades in prison in some county of Florida, or elsewhere in the USA, for actual child pornography!
Furthermore, nothing much in the three books is especially realistic or believable. Few of the emotions and attitudes attributed to the main characters seemed plausible. It's not even very easy to sympathize with any of the lead characters in the books. It wasn't easy to grasp WHY any of the "big important factors" that went into determining how their lives worked, actually WERE "the way they were described" in the books. It was like the author just proposed this amazingly stupid premise (stolen and ridiculously bastardized from much superior works) that the readers are forced to blindly accept despite the fact that it's just plain illogical and irrational and repugnant and sickening on virtually EVERY conceivable level.
The books are just plain fucking BAD! They are like a really sick, really crappy, really poor video game that has been "novelized" by a fourth-rate writer.
But the truly saddest part here, is that the largest segment of fans for these "Hunger Games" books seems to be comprised of adults who, theoretically, SHOULD BE able to be reading books like Anna Karenina if only they didn't waste so much of their time reading this type of emetic "tortured and murdered teen porn."(less)