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The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins
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Jul 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: kidsbooks

I read all three books in as many days - this is an unputdownable read. Collins has created a perfectly plausible dystopian future, and in Katniss Everdeen one of the most realistic heroines I've come across.

The trilogy follows Katniss through "The Hunger Games", a barbaric battle to the death between children from the "Districts" of Panem, staged to entertain the people of the Capitol and to punish the districts for a revolution three generations earlier. But trouble is is brewing and maybe the Hunger Games are coming to an end.

This could have been a weak "Battle Royal" rip off - and if all it focussed on were the games it probably would have been. But Collins has a braoder view than that. As Katniss discovers the world of the Capitol the reader is forced to confront some pretty thought provoking ideas.

Katniss herself is a surprisingly complex character. A lesser writer might well have made her a conventional hero, but Katniss is far from being that. Full of the sort of self doubt and compromise that anybody would be when forced into the sorts of situations she finds herself in, she is never totally in control of her life.

The Hunger Games is also very, very dark. OK, you'd expect that given that the first volume concentrates on a game where twenty two 12-18 year olds fight to the death. But when all that is over, it gets darker. Collins has a knack for killing off major characters in an off hand (and often "off screen") manner that is rivalled only by Joss Wheedon.

In short this book is pacy, well written, shocking, compelling and frankly, brilliant. Read all three immediately.

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