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I watched the Hunger Games movie as soon as it released and din’t like it very much. So, never thought of reading the books until I saw the promo of the second movie Catching Fire.

As always, there was a lot more in the Hunger Games book as compared to its counterpart movie and I was not disappointed by it. Or atleast, it interested me enough to read the triology.

The very first one, called the Hunger Games is the most interesting one (IMHO). The barbaric despotism of Country of Panem captivates the reader throughout.  The ruler introduces a fancy, deadly way to remind the 12 districts of its supremacy by choosing a child as tribute from each district on reaping day to enter a deathly battlefield every year. The so-called Hunger Games are much hyped and  no stone is left unturned to keep the frightful people of Panem glued to the live broadcasts of the games. The way Capitol pampered the tributes just before the games; the extravaganza of interviews, parades and their treatment was out of the world and so ironical.

It was  amazing to notice the striking difference between the poverty of districts where people live in pathetic conditions and the Capitol, where there is ample technical expertise to create something like mutts and plant them in arena anytime. Capitol has power to create  birds like mockingjays to spy on people in districts. Suzanne Collins imagination is commendable.

Katniss Everdeen’s character kept me gripped from very beginning. She was a star from the reaping day when she volunteered for the Games to replace her sister Prim. Peeta’s one-sided love and selfless care made her more lovable. She fought for what was right. The way she treated Rue after her death was touching and so were her efforts to keep Peeta alive. 

Her decision to die with Peeta in the end when Capitol reverts the decision of allowing two victors from same district is a slap on the Capitol’s face. This very action invokes a tiny flicker of rebellion in the districts people and make them believe that Capitol cannot take the decision about their lives forever. 

All throughout the games in the arena, Collins has given the reader enough to create a bond of sympathy with the characters. Whatever happens in arena is full of adventure, danger and surprises. 

Anyone who reads this one will be very keen to read the subsequent novels for varied reasons like the after-games lives of Peeta and Katniss, the next hunger games or the possibility of Rebellion by the districts. Whatever may be the reason, it’s a win-win situation for Suzanne Collins when the reader is compelled to read her next book.