The Hunger Games Trilogy

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes released on 19th May 2020. The idea of knowing President Snows background had intrigued me but before I dived into that book why not read The Hunger Games book series first?

I had only watched the movies before and wasn’t really interested in the books when they came out. I recently found the trilogy on Kindle Unlimited and thought maybe now’s my chance to read them all and so I borrowed them. What did I think about them? And did they live up to my expectations? Read on to find out.


The Hunger Games 01

About The Book

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Teens & YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Of Publication: 01st Sept 2009
Pages: 387
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: Self bought

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. The book is fast-paced and easily read. The writing is incredible and descriptive. Reading the book I felt like I was a citizen of Panem watching the games on my television.

We meet Katniss Everdeen in District 12, the eldest daughter of the family, she takes it on herself to support her mother and sister after her fathers’ death in the coal mines. On Reaping Day, her sister’s name is picked out as the female tribute representing district 12 in The Hunger Games after which Katniss volunteered to replace her. Katniss is my new hero. She’s smart, determined and her survival instincts help her stay alive and win the games.

A dystopian world set in North America. After a failed revolution against the Capitol each district has to produce a tribute that would take part in The Hunger Games and fight to the death. Supposedly an annual reminder that the ruling Capitol still has a hold on them.

Rue. Can we talk about Rue? I cried when I came to the part when she died. A sweet young thing is thrown into the arena by chance. The youngest of the tributes she was selected in her first year at age 12.

I absolutely loved this book and it was a great start to the series. I finished it almost in a day and immediately went onto the next book in the series.


The Hunger Games" Catching Fire 02

About The Book

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop.

And what scares her, even more, is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Teens & YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Of Publication: 28th May 2010
Pages: 117
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: Self bought

I completely enjoyed Catching Fire. It is an easy read and I was able to finish reading it in less than a day.

Catching Fire starts with the Victory Tour. Katniss and Peeta are taken throughout Panem where they seem to attract the attention of the rest of the citizens of the districts. Unknown to Katniss her final act in the previous book has been a spark that ignites rebellion against the Capitol. As a form of punishment, Katniss and Peeta are sent into the Arena again for the 75th Hunger Games aka the quarter quell where they are pitted against other reigning Victor’s. This doesn’t go down too well with the other champions as winning The Hunger Games is supposed to keep you safe from entering the arena ever again.

If the first book was about oppression, then the second is about rebellion. One act of defiance starts a chain reaction. District 12 is not as safe as it used to be. Each character has grown after the previous book as various situations make them see life differently.

Finnick is a favourite character in this book. His scenes gave an almost comedic effect to the dark scenes of the book. Katniss not so much? She seemed whiny and distrustful and after a while it got annoying.

Catching Fire was a good sequel, something that doesn’t usually happen that often. IT was able to hold my attention till the end and introduced us to the final book of the trilogy with ease.


The Hunger Games: Mockinjay 03

About The Book

The final book in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Teens & YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Of Publication: 24th Aug 2010
Pages: 391
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: Self bought

I was not really impressed by the final book. It took me the longest to read and honestly, I had to force myself to finish this.

District 13, one that was thought to have been eliminated by the Capitol is thriving as an underground city and acts as a refuge for the other district rebels and refugees. District 13 gives me the same ominous feeling of the Capitol, except that the Capitol hides the fact that they’re a dictatorship while in 13 it’s out in the open. President Coin is just as bad as Snow, or even worse.

Katniss remains a pawn in the hands of the game players. She’s confused and almost whiny in this book. The “love triangle” got on my nerves and stopped making sense. The last book is a bloody mess, war rages on against the capitol and there is a lot of death. Finnick deserved better. That’s all I have got to say for him. Safe to assume I cried and stopped reading for a while after this part.

Overall Mockingjay was fine. Her writing was just as good as the previous books, the plot didn’t hold to well for me. I’m a bit sad that after an incredible first to books, the grand finale didn’t seem that grand for me.


I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed this series and I should have read this earlier. It was fun to read and a great way to get over my reading slump. Would I recommend these? YES! Now onto the prequel.

About The Author

Taken from website

Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children’s television. She worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Her next series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is an international bestseller. The Hunger Games has spent over six years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in September 2008 and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has been sold into 54 territories in 52 languages. Her books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

Want to read the books on your own? Find them available here

The Hunger Games: Amazon | Book Depository
Catching Fire: Amazon | Book Depository
Mockingjay: Amazon | Book Depository

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Great review! These are some of my favourite books and I plan to re-read them before reading the Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes. I’m looking forward to learning more about Snow.

    I’m glad you enjoyed them!

    1. Same. This was the first time I read the books too. Would definitely recommend reading the books.

    1. I’m glad I was not the only one! I loved the first two, the third not so much but all in all it was a good series.

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