I just finished the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy, The Hunger Games, and I found it an exciting book for the world it creates and the constant cliff hanging action. I had received a Kindle edition of The Hunger Games as a prize in a blog contest. The next installment in the trilogy is Catching Fire. Of course I wanted to read that next but I confess not bad enough to pay for it. I recently have found a useful no cost web page Lendle that connects lenders and borrows of Kindle editions. It allows you to request books so I requested the two next books in the trilogy. I was offered the loan of the last book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, so I accepted it. I read the summaries of book two and I think I am missing a lot but the loan is only for a short time so I read the last book before the middle one.
What I liked best about The Hunger Games was the very interesting details about the world Collins has created. It really is quite an interesting alternative account of the future of North America after an apocalyptic war. I sadly found Mockingjay a let down. I freely admit maybe I would not feel this way if I had read book two before book three but I did read several posts on the middle book so I at least knew the basic plot action.
My biggest complaint is on the development of the characters. I did not find the romances of much interest and I was not moved by the use of the central character as a rallying point person. A lot of the book was about a war and I felt this went on too long. I began to speed read the book at about the midpoint. I would still like to read part two, Catching Fire, but only if I can get it as a free loaner. I will for sure see the movie in May. This book is also of interest to me just because it is so huge in the book blog world. The whole trilogy is all over the book stores of Manila. It is a quick easy read aimed at the young adult market.
Is Catching Fire more about the world of the districts than Mockingjay? Is it a better book? Did I short change this trilogy by my out of order read?
I still have a request in for a loan of this book so if I get a copy, I will read and post on it.