SUMMARY The Hunger Games Box Set · PDF DOC TXT or eBook

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The Hunger Games Box SetThe extraordinary ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire along. The Hunger Games Trilogy these are my issues let me show you themMost of the good fictionfantasyscifi literature these days is coming out of the Young Adult and Juvenile areas so every six months or so I round up the new stuff and go on a reading spree Around two years ago that included the Hunger Games trilogy thanks to an ARC copy of Mockingjay I did a review on that for my work newsletter which made me think about it for a good long while It wasn’t my best review because we’re encouraged not to say anything bad about the books the object being to get people to read not to drive them awayThe first book Hunger Games is awesome Beyond awesome I loved it and I greatly encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to pick it up now and get to reading Engaging characters tight in both senses of the word narrative a plot that while being far from original seems shiny and new for all the different spins Suzanne Collins puts on it It draws out your emotions and engages them keeps you on the edge of your seat Highly highly recommendedThe problem is it’s best if you stop there I sure wish the story had At least Hunger Games stands on its own and after reading the other two in the trilogy I know that I can go back and just reread the first one and never have to touch the other two to have a complete fulfilling storyThat’s not to say that the second book is terrible Catching Fire is actually pretty good Not up to the same standards as the first book it does feel like exactly what it is the middle book in a trilogy but not a bad read at all Basically it both asks and answers the age old uestion “If you could go back and do it all over knowing everything you do now would you do anything differently” Which is intriguing definitely But at the same time it is kind of a rehash of the first book which is what makes it less engaging The characters the politics and the good narrative stop it from feeling tired and dull and again it’s a good read but it’s lost its originality and some of the excitement that made the first book so entertainingAnd then there’s the real problem; Catching Fire isn’t a complete narrative on its own To know the whole story you have to read the third book MockingjayOh man Mockingjay The book that had all the potential to be a wonderful heart racing utterly amazing finale to the trilogy So much potential; so much fail The ideas were there but the execution wasjust that An execution It’s like everything that would’ve made it a phenomenal book was taken out back and double tappedEven a couple years later I’m still somewhat angry when I think about it Still so disappointed I keep asking myself did the author have a word limit she had to adhere to Was she over her deadline by too much and had to rush Was she simply boredtired of this world What on earth could’ve made her do thisGoing against one of the major rules of good writing Mockingjay is an exercise in telling instead of showing Nothing big happens in the book that the author isn’t telling us about it instead of giving us the wonderful descriptions of the previous two books With very few exceptions events happen off screen and we get an info dump explaining them That alone was just terrible to read But then there’s poor KatnissRemember the spitfire kick ass woman of the previous two books the one who was determined to do whatever she could to survive and thus ensure her family’s survival Yeah well say goodbye to her before reading this last book because you won’t be seeing much of her againIt’s like she just floats through events letting things happen to her and barely reacting She just lets herself be used over and over turns into something akin to a leaf in the wind The few decisions she does make often don’t make any sort of good sense and we’re left wondering if this is really Katniss or a robot in a Katniss skinThe introduction of new characters should help things but the narrative fails there too The characters heck even the old ones we’re familiar with aren’t given nearly enough fleshing out; they’re just there They don’t feel as real as three dimensional as characters did in the last two booksThe combination of all that leaves us with a flat lifeless book and what amounts to a boring read You want to get excited I mean there are serious emotional things going on Or at least they’re supposed to be Hard to say when you don’t feel it and it’s just words on a page The originality excitement and all the drive behind the first two books is just gone Vanished And it’s painful to seeYeah two years gone and I’m still not over that Such a let downI still encourage people to pick up The Hunger Games but I barely give the next two in the trilogy than a cursory mention I reserve all my glowing praise for the first book and try to pretend the third never happened

REVIEW The Hunger Games Box Set

SUMMARY The Hunger Games Box Set · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  The extraordinary ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Mockingjay are available for the first time ever in a beautiful boxset edition Stunning grippingWith the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Mockingjay are available for the fi. To start things off right a uote from Hunger Games The girl’s scream Had it been her last Context Katniss has been confronted with a girl who had her tongue cut off as punishment and remembers seeing her years earlier just as she was caught According to memory as the girl was dragged away she screamed Now years later and in the present Katniss wonders The girl’s scream Had it been her last Because people without tongues apparently can't screamWe'll get back to this and what it tells us about Suzanne CollinsTo start things another way I'll admit this I had no interest in Hunger Games until upon hearing someone actually describe it I thought Holy smokemonsters That sounds like an American rip off of Battle Royale From that moment on there was little that could stop me from diving straight into Suzanne Collins' derivative little worldSee Battle Royale was this Japanese movie adapted from a book I haven't read yet—Christmas anyone in which the government for inexplicable reasons takes a class of thirty highscoolers every year and dumps them in this jungle y arena and demands they fight to the death with a single victor remaining in three days lest the explosive collars they all wear be detonating rendering no survivors I mean what's not to love rightSo Suzanne Collins basically takes this idea and expands it and tries to give the story a plausible explanation In the movie the Japanese government televises the BR in order to get this uell youth violence in the country I know right Hunger Games takes place in a post apocalyptic North America There is the ruling State the Capitol and there are the thirteen vanuished American colonies districts or twelve since one has been destroyed For the last seventy four years the Capitol has demanded the sacrifice of a teenage boy and a teenage girl from each district to remind the districts annually of how miserably their rebellion failed and to keep them mindful of how absolutely the Capitol rules every aspect of their lives I don't know but this strikes me as being only slightly sensible than the Battle Royale justification Apparently government officials in the future are as dumb as they are todayIn any case the beauty is that these two sacrifices from each of the twelve remaining districts are not just killed outright like on an altar atop a stone ziggurat Aztec style No that would be too easy Instead they fight in televised survival games inexplicably called the Hunger Games These are wildly popular like I'm told Survivor or American Idol used to be especially with the Capitol crowd and contestants take on a form of celebrity and their stylists are princes and princesses among men art by the stupendous Vera BrosgolSo Hunger Games is the story of Katniss and Peeta two sacrifices from District 12 District 12 is the loser District Katniss is a hunter advantage and Peeta is a baker's son disadvantage And since Peets has had a massive sad stalker crush on Kats since they were like five he is determined to keep her alive forever Interesting dynamic when Highlander style there can be only one This is basically the same thing that happened in Battle Royale so it was a comfy place to beSeeing how Katniss is going to get out of one scrape after another is exciting and the three books are compelling enough reading that I finished the whole thing in about nine days And by about nine days I probably really just mean ten days As demonstrated in the above the writing's not fantastic by any stretch Collins suffers from a typical need to over dramatize to the point where irrational things are treated sensibly But it's still a league and a half better than Twilight not that there isn't much that isn't better written than Meyer's delicious collection of vampire doggerel I only compare them because they both occupy that meta genre of light compulsive reads that others may better know as Summer Reading And yet here we are in December Regardless I was several nights up far past my bedtime letting Collins plot have its way with meAnd for the most part I really enjoyed the experience There were very few lulls most of which occurred in the first fifteen percent of books two and three as they tried to recover from the burst of excitement that capped off the immediate predecessor The mediocre writing is entirely forgivable simply because the books not about that Hunger Games is almost pure plot so that's really all we should be expecting from it Still there were two major difficulties I ran into while readingThe first is that the narration's kind of a cheat Collins tells her story in the first person present meaning that we are supposedly getting new information at the same rate as Katniss is Yet the things this largely clueless girl chooses to report lead one to believe that she has future knowledge She drops a ton of hints about the importance of the mockingjay is constantly reminding us that she's wearing her mockingjay pin and won't stop narrating about how the bird or its image is showing up everywhere As a reader we pick up that this is massively significant because she beats us over the head with it but since Katniss in the present she's narrating doesn't realize that there's no reason for her to continue to point it out That would be like you telling me about your day and stopping every five minutes to remind me that you're wearing your Chuck Taylor's and then after three months of this Chuck Taylor's suddenly become sentient rebel against humanity and then install you as their king Unlikely at best So narrator Katniss knows everything while narrated Katniss doesn't It's a poor choiceCollins almost certainly chose the first person present because it builds tension FPpresent is a standard usage in thrillers but she wanted to be able to use things like heavy foreshadowing which can only honestly be done in first person past tense or in the third person With FPpast you're almost assured that the narrator survives the climax save for narration from the after life so you're missing the kind of tension and intimacy that the present tense can deliver Third person stories leave any character open to plot driven dismissal but they lack the immediacy and intimacy of the first personThe second is less tangible but perhaps the serious offense At this point things may get vaguely spoiler y so those who haven't read the books yet may wish to skip the following paragraphs and just end the review hereSo then in comics a trend has been noticed It's been going as Women in Refrigerators syndrome for lack of a exciting term Essentially it describes authors' propensity to abusively use female characters to prompt character development in male protagonists The bottom line is that it doesn't pay to be a female character in superheroland because you'll inevitably wind up raped maimed tortured in a sexy way accidentally killed off murdered or dismembered and stuffed into a refrigerator just like Green Lanterns girlfriend was—all for the sake of motivating the male lead in some direction or other Of course in the male dominated world of the superhero female associations are one of the hero's greatest weaknesses and the best way to really stick it to himSince the lead of Hunger Games is a teenage female in order to commit a similar abuse Collins can't just use other male and female associations to give Katniss the gut wrenching motivation she needs So then what is frail in comparison to a teenage girl Children Specifically little sweet girls Collins uses little girls twice once in Book One and once in Book Three to give her protagonist a human side that is otherwise unseen Collins realizes that her hero is just a little too cold and too distant and so she must find a way to get the reader to sympathize with her She puts forth a sweet little girl whom you'll come to find endearing and wise and beautiful and in need of protection from the dirty cruel world that Collins has crafted and of course what's painful than watching that little girl be destroyed for the sake of a melodramatic tug at one's heartstringsKat cries and does something heartfelt and we think of her as human again At least for a little while And then we realize that this was the entire purpose for this character in the scope of Collins story and then we feel abused These were never meant to be character; they were always only a means to humanizing a character that Collins didn't have the chops to humanize in a talented way I was a bit grumpy when Collins used the tactic in Book One but when it reared up again in Book Three the books became thoroughly diminished in my eyes I felt abused by Collins' contrivancesFor this reason I lower what would have been meta genre in mind a four star book series down to three It's still good and worth the read unless you have important stuff on deck but Collins disrespect for both her characters and her readers lessens their valuenote Suzanne Collins should not be allowed to name anything Not books not characters and certainly not real life children The one bit of silver lining here is that thankfully this almost assures us that in four years we won't be babysitting a gaggle of brats named Peeta—apparently Bella was uncommonly common after the Twilight wave surged

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Rst time ever in a beautiful boxset edition Stunning gripping and powerful The trilogy is now complete. 30 March 2012After completing this re reading of the trilogy all together I'd like to pull up something profound They are of course thrilling stories full of clever traps and slick evasions They are also deeply moving stories about the desperate people on the outside of rich society As well it is the story of one girl deeply wrapped up in her own small community who is forced to taken a broader view of her society and what it means It's a story about how to stage a rebellion Even it's a story about the high cost of war and how none of the survivors ever stop paying It's a reminder to not just uestion authority but to uestion everythingReading it has left me sad in a good way1 March 2020Yesterday I found out a preuel was coming Today the old enough to vote Tuesday kid had a lot to say about how amazing Catching Fire was He never read Mockingjay he got the impression his sister and I didn't like itAnyhow another reread is clearly in orderPersonal copy