Hello to the void!
I decided to re-read The Hunger Games trilogy in honour of the upcoming prequel A Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes. I pre-ordered the book and was anxiously waiting for the release date so I could anxiously await my package. Unfortunately they were unable to provide me with the book for on reason or the other and my order was cancelled. So know I not only have to order the book once again but also try my very best to avoid spoilers (Which is harder than I thought)
Anyway I decided to just review the books all at once by explaining the things that I really loved about each book instead of doing an in-depth review of each. So here we go:
I really enjoyed the way Suzanne Collins wrote this story. It was relatively simple and straightforward the whole way through but really created vivid scenes. She also chose the perfect moments to slightly alter the way she wrote to make it more “lyrical” in a sense. Which is something I didn’t remember and something that I don’t see very often.
Katniss was a wonderful narrator for the story. Her dry wit and sarcasm that is frequently present in her inner monologue is something I found hilarious and really appreciated enjoyed because it relieved some of the tension that the story was packed full of. It was also really interesting to see he motivations and the way she formed plans or thought about people. Watching (Reading? ) Katniss change was also a really great experience and her noticing her change was also pretty great.
One small thing that did annoy a bit was when detail that were explained in a previous book were re-hashed in the next book in the middle of a scene in basically the exact same way we were previously told. I also thought the slight changes made to some words was a bit silly but it didn’t really bother me.
I really enjoyed the world building in this bookend how it was delivered. While we would be given relatively large (it’s not that much if I’m being honest) it was done in such a way that it didn’t feel like the “action” was put on hold so we know why a character is a certain why etc, all though Katniss is narrating and she is telling talking directly to us, explaining to us, the reason this information comes up because she was doing something related to the information and she continues to do that thing while delivering the information so it flows really nicely.
I also appreciated the fact that Katniss wasn’t really interested in falling for anyone. I am Team Peeta I appreciate the fact that Katniss tells us the small list of people that she loves, the way she loves them and she isn’t interested in changing that list. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I appreciated the fact that romance wasn’t threatening to take over the elements we are told the story is about, because I’m not a fan of when I go into a book expecting it to be about one thing and then romance takes over a major part of the story and the original point of the story either takes a back seat or is constantly fighting for the main spot.
It was really interesting to see another side of the hunger games. Even outside of the arena and safe from arm Katniss and Peeta are still being tortured in some way while trying to figure out ways to cope I loved seeing how other victors ended up in there situation and how they coped with it .This was another layer of the story that I didn’t know I wanted or needed but greatly appreciated in once I got it.
Seeing little things being added to the Katniss and Peeta relationship while Katniss had no idea what these things meant was a really great addition to the story. We saw a real relationship being built up or shining through things that were fake but we aren’t really sure what is actually being built up, we are hopeful sure but those hope can never really get too high because while Katniss is aware of all these things she makes no effort to try and make sense of them and everything is over before we can make any sense of it. So once again appreciated the bits of romance if we can even call it that but was glad that there wasn’t even an attempt to pull the story in that direction.
I think one of my favourite parts of this book was seeing how different relationship dynamics play out. For example we were told before that Katniss and Haymitch were similar and we see how that affects their relationship, how even though they don’t always get along they understand each other in a way that no one else does. Another examples are Katniss and Prim, their relationship changed but we see a strong connection and through that we learn more about Katniss and Prim as characters.
The new government Katniss – and as a result, readers – is now thrust into and forced to obey was more world building that appreciated. Seeing how they used Katniss to help their cause and learning about these people that were behind things both in the second book and in a part of the story that happens before Katniss’ begins.
Also the epilogue.
I feel like I said “really” , “really enjoyed” “appreciated” and “interested” at least a thousand times. I’m sorry my brain isn’t cooperating with me right now.
That’s All I Got,Danielle.