1. If you haven’t read from this series yet, I’m probably more likely to convince you to read it by my review of The Hunger Games rather than my reviews of Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
2. Most readers of this blog have probably already read this so I don’t feel like I have anything new to say that you haven’t thought yourself or read somewhere else.
3. I’m too lazy to write actual reviews for them.
I’m just going to give you some thoughts about each of these books and my feelings about this series!
First I have to say–damn you, Suzanne Collins, for making me feel like I was a yo-yo. One moment I’m in love with Gale and then the next Peeta and then Gale and then Peeta. I thought this love triangle was genius and well done but drove me nuts because I couldn’t decide if I was Team Gale or Team Peeta.
SPOILERS, you’ve been warned:
Catching Fire– This was my FAVORITE out of the whole series. I didn’t think it could possibly top The Hunger Games. I loved how we got to understand the characters a little more fully and we could delve into some deeper dystopian ideas. This one was very much action packed as well and I couldn’t put it down! This was one the tides turned from Team Gale to Team Peeta.
Mockingjay– This one was good but weaker for me than the first two. It took a little bit more to get into as it was more politically charged and lacked the amount of action as the first two..which can be ok but I just felt like it was overkill a little bit. I did find it interesting though to see the political workings of the districts and whatnot. I liked the ending but I felt like I wasn’t as enthralled with Katniss as I had been before. I felt sad for Peeta because she really never ended up choosing him because she loved him..it’s just all that was left. I wanted to see Katniss grow in that way more but it makes sense that she was just so jaded after all she saw. I went back and forth from Peeta and Gale during this book. The whole Peeta gone crazy thing irritated me but ultimately I’m Teem Peeta all the way. This book had a lot of great twists and turns but ended super preachy. I know that dystopian novels should have that element but I feel like she went overboard on that. After seeing her speak at the National Book Festival, I know her position on war and that part of her inspiration came from watching the footage on the Iraq War. Knowing all that, I knew where she was going with it all. As a side note, I was really annoyed because the end seemed rushed and then freaking FINNICK (one of my favorite characters) dies and it’s just brushed aside. I would have liked to see a little more emotion involved with all that. It just seemed so sad.
The series as a whole: One of my all time favorites! While Mockingjay wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be, I still fully enjoyed it. The series, as whole, was phenomenal and captivated me from the start. Unforgettable characters and a great start to my love for dystopian novels!