The Hunger Games

By Megan Thomas

I feel like its popularity (compounded by Hollywood) means that people are split between “yes of course, way before the films” and “it doesn’t seem worth it now that I’ve seen the films”. Because of this, I’m not going to dwell on the plot, because if you don’t know it by now, it’s probably because you have actively avoided it. 

But I will tell you that the series is a really fantastic set of books – not necessarily literary masterpieces or modern classics, but definitely high quality young adult literature. They tick the boxes of an enthralling read, leaving you gasping, laughing and spilling tears on the pages as you manically turn them. 

I’m not an overwhelming Katniss Everdeen fan, I think she could definitely deal with things better, but that doesn’t matter. A well-rounded character is never 100% loveable: their fallibility is essential to their realness. Suzanne Collins seems to understand how important it is that the whole story doesn’t rest on your opinion of the heroin/hero. So, while Katniss is a fiercely strong heroin, intelligent and brave, the minor characters are well-established and loveable in their own right. A particularly impressive feat for first-person narration, too. Who was your favourite character? Mine was Rue. 

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