Not one to rush out and buy the latest best-seller or race to the theater the first day a book or movie is released, I’m a bit behind in reading and wowing The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. But here I am, in sunny Orlando, Florida, dashing out to the local Walmart in search of the Hunger Games movie on DVD. I just spent the last 3 days floating along the lazy river of our condo-based resort devouring each page of the books, intrigued by the characters and the dilemmas they faced.
The Hunger Games, book 1, was packed back in PA. I had it on the plane, but didn’t start reading it until I was poolside on Sunday. I had it completed by Sunday night. Right after dinner, while we went to Walmart for condo munchies and wine for the week, I snatched up the other two books in the trilogy.
Of the three, book 2, Catching Fire, is my favorite. like most fans of the trilogy, I loved the Katniss ~ Peeta dynamic. And book 2 delivers all the heart pounding suspense the book cover teaser intimated. I finished book 2 in a day, mostly poolside and in the water ~ much to the chagrin of my family who had hoped we’d play cards with each other for entertainment. On day 2, my sister began reading book 1.
Mockingjay, book 3, is also a VERY satisfying read, but unfortunately, after reading it there is a HUGE let down ~ that being ~ the end of the trilogy!! It was another book I finished within a day. And by then, my sister was hooked as well. Having read the books before I saw the movie was a big plus ~ as knowing what the character was thinking during certain points in the story helps when screenplays are so condensed. I’ll look forward to seeing Catching Fire on the big screen next year. By day 4 of our vacation, my mom was reading The Hunger Games too. Can’t say the overall writing of the novels wowed me, but the characterization and drama within the story certainly drew me in and kept me entertained through to the very last page ~ and that, is the essence of great storytelling.