Have you ever read a book that left you a little distraught? This just happened to me and I really don’t know why.
I started reading the Hunger Games at the end of last year, then when I was done with that one I quickly downloaded Catching Fire the second book on the Trilogy and read a couple of pages but forgot about it. Last week I took it back and finished it on Sunday. I, again, quickly downloaded the third and final book on the trilogy: Mockingjay. This one I devoured. It’s Tuesday and I just finished it, I immersed myself in it. When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it, thinking about what would happen next, thinking about the different characters and how they would translate to the movie that is already in the making.
If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games trilogy, I highly recommend it. The story is thrilling and easy to get involved in it, it speaks to many human qualities that we, even though to a minor extent, could easily experience in our lives. I won’t give any spoilers but the books basically tell the story of a future America, now called Panem. The country has been divided in 12 districts with the Capitol ruling all of them with an iron hand. Every year the Hunger Games take place, two tributes, a boy and a girl are selected to take part of this competition that ends with only one winner alive. This is the way that the capitol reminds every district that they are the ones in control. I could say more, expound on all the happenings that have been twirling in my brain for a while but I will give you the chance to grab the book and disappear to Panem for a while without me spoiling it.
At the end of the series there could’ve been several outcomes. I for sure wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen. There was no perfect ending set on my mind because the nature of the book didn’t allow me to establish a concrete resolution. I just keep thinking about how it all ended and the reasoning behind it from the author’s perspective. Am I happy about it? Not sure. I just had to vent about it here because I don’t seem to keep my mind off it.
I am pretty sure that the Hunger Games movies will be a hit when they come out. The books are filled with beautiful and strong imagery that should translate well to the screen. I am never too happy with how movies sometimes leave parts that for me where important to the story but have grown accustomed to it. It must be hard for the screenwriters to edit a book into two hours. It will be great to see such a compelling story of human struggle, emotions and the fight for survival.
Have you read the Hunger Games? What did you think? If not, you should… get it below, the Kindle Edition is just $5.00!