With Mockingjay Part II movie coming out in November, I have decided to review all the previous Hunger Game books, and their movie counterpart (look below), in preparation for the conclusion to this YA franchise. So here is my review of the second book in the series.
The second book in the hunger games series pretty much mirrored the first: life before the games, the action packed plot of the games and the uncertainty of what life will be like after the games. But, there was definately some interesting additions and twists. Let's break this up into the three categories:
Life before the games
In one word: strained. Relationships are strained due to the games, the districts are strained due to the capital and with the new plot addition of the Victory Tour, the 3 victors are strained due to the threat of President Snow. Add in the uprising that is starting, the fact that Katniss has to go back into the arena (a twist) and the new head peacemaker in town and life in district 12 is more than strained.
The Action Packed Plot of the Games
I am starting with the chariot rides, because as far as the tributes go, this is where the games begin. As with the first book, this is the fastest moving part of the story. We meet the tributes, but this time there is no pretense, no need to hide ones ability and keep secrets. Everyone knows each other's strengths and weeknesses, so it's about making allies and showing off your skills. But the stakes are higher this time around. Not just for the tributes but for the capital as well as the tributes are all pissed. Cages animals tend to fight.
The Uncertainty of Life after the Games
If the end of book one was uncertain, than book two is beyond that. No District 12, the introduction of District 13, half the victors captured by the Capital including Peeta. What does this mean for the final book in the series.
All in all, what I love most about this series thus far, expesially with this book, is the humor Suzanne Collins mixes in with the drama. The sudden jokes "I'd love to borrow your outfit sometime", "I'm about to put in a formal request myself". The pranks "Put our faces right in front of his." The humor lightens the story and makes it feel real. Life is about the laughter along with the crying.
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