I was quite upset when the release of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins’ last book in her Hunger Games trilogy, was pushed back thirteen days. I know everyone has different release dates, but in my area it went from August 11th to August 24th. I was heartbroken. If you’ve read the first two books, you know my pain.
What’s so great about the Hunger Games? How is it different from any other teen fad book? True, it’s about a girl, and her struggle to understand her feelings, but it’s also about a vicious government and a reality show pitting children against each other in a fight to the death. So slightly different than usual. I can tell you that this book will make you think how close our society is getting to the unthinkable, make you take teams like the Twilight fans, and maybe make you cry. I almost teared up at one scene – not telling which – and I never cry. So you all probably will.
Unfortunately, more could have been done with the nation as a whole, called Panem. The only culture really shown is the Games. If the world had been fleshed out more, it could have been used to drive points closer to home, and maybe boost this book to classic status. As it is, it gives you thought, but isn’t that heavy. After all, in the end it’s YA.