Review: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy has become quite the phenomenon, and it did not take long for me to understand why. In an era of reality television, these books could not be more appropriate. How many times do you sit down each week, turn on your tv, and relish in somebody else’s pain and suffering? I know I’m guilty of it; I partake in the occasional season of Survivor.

In Hunger Games and Catching Fire, this reality programming is taken to the extreme, as male and female tributes from each of twelve districts must participate in a televised event in which the winner is the last person left standing. Collins’ futuristic world is frighteningly conceivable, her characters are both fierce and endearing, and her well-paced writing kept me on the edge of my seat. When I finally finished the books, I had to come up for air and catch my breath a little. Now, of course, I cannot wait for Mockingjay, the final book in the series. I really shouldn’t be allowed to read books in a series until they are all complete. The anticipation kills me.

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