As you already know, I don't really review the books in the usual sense but talk mostly about what I enjoyed (or didn't enjoy).
And I REALLY enjoyed The Hunger Games series. :)
The books are actually incredibly dark and well, pessimistic but you kind of lose sight of that while reading, as the story is gripping and the setting, although on Earth, is a future we are not familiar with so it's easy to forget the madness, grayness and cruelty going on.
One of the things that I always consider a sign that the book is good is when I cannot guess what will happen next. And although it wasn't difficut to guess there will be some rebels against Panem (there are always rebels in societies like that) and that the District 13 is probably alive, I didn't know what to expect from the rest, or how the story might resolve.
Both in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The only thing I guessed was the political fallout in Mockingjay (I was very proud when that turned out to be like I imagined). But just that, the fallout, nothing of the story around it.
And speaking of the story, I must say Mrs. Collins is an incredible story-teller. Oh, she surprised me there, I admit.
You're reading and reading, and cannot stop and you're completely in the story and then when the emotional turmoil hits you (the reader), you're left wondering where did that come from?!
It came from Mrs. Collins' incredible words.
Somewhat like the rebellion Katniss causes without realizing she is the spark that was missing. The girl on fire, or a well placed word, and before you know it, your world rocks on its axis.
But not to worry, the rocking is for the good. Albeit the process is bloody and tragic.
And yesterday I saw the movie and I must say I am impressed with how much they stuck to the story and elaborated some points that become clear in Catching Fire.
The problem now is, when is the next movie coming out?