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The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins
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Jul 30, 2012

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If I were 14 I would have loved the first of the trilogy to bits. It is well-paced, exciting, and the dystopian premise is interesting. The writing is direct and un-nuanced, but it is a 'young adult' series so not really a surprise there. Katniss is believable, in part because of her contrariness. You end book 1 looking forward to the rather obvious direction that narrativium demands the story take.

Unfortunately book 2 and 3 are disappointing. There are portions which feel like they were written in a rush or lacked decent editorial guidance. More characters are pastiches, and at times you're waiting for something to happen.

As the story progresses it becomes yet darker and whilst one might argue Katniss's increasing nihilistic bent is a response to what she experiences, there simply isn't enough craft in the writing and the climax is unsatisfying with an epilogue written as an afterthought. The characters are too much of marionettes to the plot to engage this reader's sympathies.

But how many trilogies can you read as quickly?
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