September Book Club Preview – The Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss Everdeen

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When we were in St. Augustine in February, my fabulous, FAVORITE sister-in-law recommended the Hunger Games trilogy.  I then proceeded to devour them via Kindle in under 72 hours. 

We’re reading them for our mid-September book club gathering, and I’m looking forward to the discussion.  On my original read of the trilogy, especially the final book, Mocking Jay,  I had a few Wait, what just happened? moments – it will be fun to talk that out over wine and snacks.

For a change, I thought I’d record my thoughts before our meeting, as discussion always scrambles my initial impressions.  I remember liking the books, and not being able to put them down.

Thoughts:

  • The content is pretty violent and horrifying, particularly in the first book, when you’re not really expecting it – Wait, so it’s Survivor only, like, for real? –  but also necessary to the plot.
  • I found the whole Peta/Gale/Katniss triangle to be a piece of foolishness I could have done without.  Katniss has her hands full surviving without having a WB-worthy romantic crisis shoehorned in.
  • I was confused by a the climactic scenes in the last book, unsure what, exactly, had happened, who perpetrated it, and you know, things of that nature.
  • As with Carrie Ryan’s dystopian zombie trilogy, I would have liked to learn more about how the U.S. devolved into the world Katniss lives in.

That’s all for now – our meeting is mid September and I haven’t started my re-read yet, so I’d best get cracking.

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