The Hunger Games trilogy
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. (Goodreads)
These books have ruined my life. Peeta was in my damn dream last night. I seriously think about him and Katniss and all their ups and downs every few days, and I can’t stop! Their relationship is just… I just can’t get it out of my head. It was so heart breaking seeing how much they changed as people and how much their feelings for each other changed. Legit one of my favorite relationships on the page.
This post is basically gonna be about Katniss and Peeta more than anything else. Gonna tell you guys that right now. I just love that their relationship wasn’t so straight forward. It wasn’t just “he loves her but she doesn’t love him back.” Bring in multiple near-death experiences and extensive brainwashing and being tossed into the middle of a war, and yeah, things got pretty complicated.
Of course, the rest of the story was great, too. Just the right amount of intensity and shock in just the right places. I actually was surprised at how much messed up stuff goes on, considering it’s a YA novel. But I guess I just forget how intense YA novels often are. Sometimes more so than a lot of adult novels. Crazy. But yeah, there were definitely some jaw-dropping moments in there for me. But nothing too out there. That’s the thing I hate most about books: when they use shock just for shock’s sake, with no real meaning behind it. But that’s not the case in this series. It works perfectly and really adds to the story.
All in all, of course I’m going to tell you to go read this series. If you haven’t already. I realize I’m super late to the game, but at least I finally gave myself this little treasure! Such great reads. Such amazing characters. Love it. ❤️