Of course I had to follow on from Battle Royale with The Hunger Games Trilogy. The similarities between the two aren’t negligible, but I’m going to treat them seperately for day eighteen of Blogtober.
The Hunger Games is one of my favourite YA series. It’s written well and just dark enough to appeal to adults as well as young adults. I found Katniss to be a little bit annoying as a narrator, but then I’ve never been thrown into an arena to kill or be killed so maybe that would make anyone a little annoying.
The basic outline of the series for anyone who hasn’t read it; years after an uprising the central government of Panem selects two children from every outlying district to fight to the death in a televised arena battle. The winner gets a life for them and their families that would otherwise be unimaginable in the deprived distracts. Katniss Everdeen volunteers and tribute for her younger sister, Prim, and is drawn into a rebellion to bring down the Capitol and the government.
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of violence and death over the series. There aren’t a great deal of happy endings for a lot of the characters, or really for the series as a whole. A lot of the book revolves around the use of media as a propaganda tool, or a means of controlling a population, which brings an interesting twist.
They’re an easy read and a pretty quick series to get through, but still enjoyable!