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A strong and inspiring female protagonist
am 16. Juli 2017
I read this trilogy as an adult and in my opinion, “The Hunger Games” are some of the best books that depict a dystopian society and that are currently on the market. The structure of the books is great, because it builds up the suspense effectively (here, it becomes clear that Collins also works for television). The cliffhangers are great; one simply HAS to read on after each chapter. But the trilogy’s greatest strength certainly is its main protagonist Katniss. A round character with strengths and flaws, whose development is depicted in a relatable and convincing way by Collins. As the story is told from her POV, it is easy to identify with her, particularly when the reader is about her age. A great role-model for youngsters, much better than Meyer’s Bella!
Her “love interests” are not so well-developed, unfortunately, especially Gale, who only becomes more important in the last volume. This is also the reason why the love triangle seems very forced in the first two books; I guess that with her strict structure, Collins didn’t have room enough for depicting Gale and Peeta a bit more. Another weakness of the books certainly is that one never really understands why the government organizes the Games in the first place. A rebellion seems inevitable, even if the government is as powerful as it is. The film only gives an insufficient explanation as well, but at least it gives an explanation. The 3rd volume is the worst one (although it is still good); suddenly there IS a rebellion being prepared by a district, and even if there are hints at it in the first two books, this development of the plot seems a bit too convenient.
But otherwise I would really recommend the trilogy, especially for young readers around Katniss’ age! I should also mention that Collins uses graphic language to describe the injuries in the Games; however, I think that this is also important to get the ‘message’ of the books across, and readers can also quickly skip these passages if they don’t want to dwell too much on them.
As there are only 5 stars which does not allow me to differentiate a bit more (the books are still better than the ones I would only give 4 stars to), 5 stars!
I would also recommend this book for youngsters who would like to read some books in English, particularly if they have already seen the films or read the books in German!