Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy {Part 2}

Now, after all the criticism of the last post, what did I actually like about the series?  Well, I have a confession.  I always insist that I hate post-apocalyptic fiction - it's absurd, sensational, depressing, etc.  But the truth is, it's terribly interesting.  I like thinking about the scenarios and trying to discover if they could really happen.  Quite intriguing.  So I liked The Hunger Games because I felt that some of it was applicable to real life, or how real life could be, eventually.  Also, despite my earlier condemnation of Katniss, there is one aspect of her character which made me realize something about myself: her dislike of owing people.  Kindnesses can make me very uncomfortable, and I always wondered why.  After reading this series I realized that it's because, like Katniss, when someone goes out of their way for me or my family, I need to try to pay them back, even out the score.  And it's silly, because a true kindness looks for no return, especially if it's something I really can't repay.  But it happens, nevertheless, and knowing the problem is always the first step towards fixing it.  So I'm grateful to Katniss for that.  (But I don't feel the need to repay her.)

Another thing I must mention is that I loved the songs included in the story - the valley song and The Hanging Tree.  The valley song is quite pretty and The Hanging Tree is creepy and intriguing, getting both stuck in my head even without tunes.  I wish there were tunes.

 Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when again it's morning, they'll wash away.

Taken on a shallow level, (a.k.a the level normal people would take it on), the series was enjoyable and fast-paced enough that it didn't start dragging at any point.  It was easy reading but, because of the content, didn't feel like reading an eighth-grade book.  

Overall, here's what I'd rate it:

Four stars out of ten
Two-and-a-half out of ten morality points
If it were graded the way movies are, I'd say PG-13
Recommended for mature readers age twelve and up, ordinary readers age fifteen and up.

Have you read this series? What did you think of The Hunger Games?


  1. Awesome review, Victoria! Everything you said was exactly what I think!

    ~Nessima of Arda Nessimava

  2. Sigh. I do not agree at all with your review, but they *are*, I must admit, valid points. To each her own!
    If you are looking for a tune to the Hanging Tree, I've found two really good ones:, and

  3. I'm surprised you only rated it PG-13 with all the naked scenes and graphic violence. lol Good review!

  4. Ohhh....goodness, Mary, now that I think about it...perhaps I did rate it too low. O.o It just seems a bit TOO harsh to rate it R....hmm. I'm glad you mentioned that. I'm not sure now.


  5. It's not an R...definitely not an R! PG-13 is perfect. What naked scenes are you referring to?

    1. In the beginning of Catching Fire, Johanna takes off her costume. Remember the scene in the elevator with Katniss and Peeta? She takes off her clothes again when they're training. There's also every scene where Katniss is with the prep team. One could even include the scene in The Hunger Games when Katniss finds Peeta injured during the Games and cleans him up, though that isn't too objectionable.

    2. Then again, nothing was very graphic in the Johanna and Finnick scenes - I mean, it would have been graphic in real life, but she did a good job in the book of not going overboard...
      And, I object - Peeta wasn't naked. He was in his underwear. *silly uppity face* there's a difference.
      And I didn't think the prep team stuff was all that bad - I mean, it was slightly realistic.'s PG-13. Stuff was mentioned, but not described.

      Although I've begun noticing a trend in YA books where a male and female character sleep together 'innocently,' which is a dangerous concept to have floating around in your head...


Your comments make my day! I read every single one of them, and I'll usually check out my commenters' blogs, if I don't follow them already. I try to reply to my comments, but please don't be offended if I don't make it to yours. Procrastination habits do extend to comment replies, unfortunately.

Of course, courtesy is necessary. I will delete any comments which do not meet my requirements.

Thanks for making the effort to tell me your thoughts!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...