Note: Spoilers in this review!!
Book: The Hunger Games series
Author: Suzanne Collins
Age: For readers 11 and up
Page turning plot? Check! Best characters EVER?! Check! Amazing writing style? Also check 😌 The Hunger Games has it all!
But seriously, words can’t comprehend how much I LOVE these books! They’re the best written series I’ve ever read. Ever. Even after my fourth reread, this series never gets old! The plot is so creative and unique and the characters are well developed, which for me are the two most important criterias a book should excel in. I literally can’t find ONE thing wrong about this series (which is actually very hard for me to do since I ALWAYS find something to complain about in every series I’ve ever read lol).
Top Four Characters Ranked:
Peeta and Katniss’s Relationship(Featuring me fangirling over my otp 😁 🤩 ):
Hands down THE BEST book ship ever!! Literally no one will ever come close to these two 😌 Peeta and Katniss are both so comfortable with each other and it’s like they’ve been together for years. There are so many subtle ways this is expressed in the books:
“From the bag I pull two fresh buns with a layer of cheese baked into the top. We always seem to have a supply of these since Peeta found out they were my favorite.”
OK THIS IS SO CUTE?! The idea that Peeta constantly buys cheese buns and stocks them up in Katniss’s house, so she never runs out of her favorite snack, is just SO adorable to me 😫 .
Obviously the Catching Fire and Hunger Game’s version of Peeta and Katniss is very different from Mockingjay’s version of Katniss and Peeta. In the first two books, their relationship was more of a sweet, young and playful kind. In Mockingjay, it takes a more somber tone with Peeta’s hijacking complications and Katniss’s true realization that she loves Peeta. I prefer Katniss and Peeta’s relationship in the first two books because it was SO CUTE! Yet, Mockingjay version of Peeta and Katniss is still too good to be ignored 😌
Like when Katniss came to realization just how far her feelings for Peeta extend:
“‘[Finnick:] ‘After your first games, I thought the whole romance was an act on your part. We all expected you’d continue that strategy. But it wasn’t until Peeta hit the force field and barely died that I-’ Finnick hesitated. (...) ‘That I knew I’d misjudged you. That you do love him. Anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him,’ he says gently. (...) ‘Convince me,’ Snow said. It seems, under that hot pink sky with Peeta’s life in limbo, I finally did. And in doing so, I gave him the weapon he needed to break me.”
‘What's wrong with her?’ Plutarch says under his breath.
‘She's figured out how Snow's using Peeta,’ says Finnick.
Several sets of arms would embrace me. But in the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too. I reach out for him and say something like his name and he's there, holding me and patting my back. “It's okay. It'll be okay, sweetheart.” He sits me on a length of broken marble pillar and keeps an arm around me while I sob.
‘I can't do this anymore,’ I say. (...) ‘All I can think of is—what he's going to do to Peeta—because I'm the Mockingjay!’ I get out.
“I know.” Haymitch's arm tightens around me.
“Did you see? How weird he acted? What are they—doing to him?” I'm gasping for air between sobs, but I manage one last phrase. “It's my fault!” And then I cross some line into hysteria and there's a needle in my arm and the world slips away.”
I kid you not, I could not stop sobbing at this part. I cried three times in Mockingjay and this was one of them 😭 This part was heartbreaking. I cried along with Katniss while she broke down in realization that her actions translated into Peeta’s harm. This passage is proof of Katniss’s love for Peeta. I don’t mean to get all sappy and romantic but…. It’s so rare to obtain instances where Katniss’s love for Peeta is undeniable. Usually we see all the romantic actions done by Peeta. But this is one example where Katniss shows that she equally loves Peeta back.🥺
Oh shoot I’m supposed to be talking about Haymitch and Katniss…. Hehe ok back to topic.
Haymitch accepting Katniss with open arms is so comforting to read about 😭 Even if they were in the middle of a very intense fight, none of that matters anymore. They both bicker constantly, but are there for each other when needed. No one understands Katniss like Haymitch does and it’s clear to see when Katniss wants no sympathy from anyone else except Haymitch’s. Also, usually it seems like Haymitch is aloof to Katniss and Peeta. But in Mockingjay, Haymitch’s feelings of love and guilt for Peeta’s capture ring true as well as his affection for Katniss.
“At the hospital room door, I watch Johanna for a moment, realize that most of her ferocity is in her abrasive attitude. Stripped of that, as she is now, there’s only a slight young woman, her wide set eyes fighting to stay awake against the power of drugs. I cross to her and hold out the bundle. ‘What’s that?’ she says hoarsely. Damp edges of her hair form little spikes over her forehead.
‘I made it for you. Something to put in your drawer.’ I place it in her hands. ‘Smell it.’
She lifts the bundle to her nose and takes a tentative sniff. ‘ Smells like home.’ Tears flood her eyes.”
4. Finnick and Katniss: Their friendship was meh until halfway through Mockingjay. Finnick and Katniss could relate to each other and their struggles were similar. Katniss refused to acknowledge this and shut him out until District Thirteenth went under lockdown. That’s when Katniss opened up to Finnick about her concern for Peeta and she came to the realization that Snow was using Peeta to break Katniss.
But still, other than a few moments here and there, I can’t remember there being much substance in Katniss and Finnick’s friendship so that’s why I am placing it a bit lower than the others.
5. Katniss and Buttercup: No. Because WHAT WAS THIS SCENE: 😭
“She's not here," I tell him. Buttercup hisses again. "She's not here. You can hiss all you like. You won't find Prim." At her name, he perks up. Raises his flattened ears. Begins to meow hopefully. "Get out!" He dodges the pillow I throw at him. "Go away! There's nothing left for you here!" I start to shake, furious with him. "She's not coming back! She's never ever coming back here again!" I grab another pillow and get to my feet to improve my aim. Out of nowhere, the tears begin to pour down my cheeks. "She's dead." I clutch my middle to dull the pain. Sink down on my heels, rocking the pillow, crying. "She's dead, you stupid cat. She's dead." A new sound, part crying, part singing, comes out of my body, giving voice to my despair. Buttercup begins to wail as well. No matter what I do, he won't go. He circles me, just out of reach, as wave after wave of sobs racks my body, until eventually I fall unconscious. But he must understand. He must know that the unthinkable has happened and to survive will require previously unthinkable acts. Because hours later, when I come to in my bed, he's there in the moonlight. Crouched beside me, yellow eyes alert, guarding me from the night.”
Stabbing my heart a million times would have been less painful than reading this… I’M IN MY FEELS. NO ONE TALK TO ME 😭 THIS PAGE WILL GO DOWN AS THE SADDEST PAGE IN BOOK HISTORY. NO JOKE. THIS IS WHY I HATE REREADING MOCKINGJAY. THIS BOOK HURTS ME MENTALLY WAY TOO MUCH.
Ok but it’s so sad to see the two of them, who were at each other’s necks for YEARS be the only ones left to comfort each other at the end. STOPP I’M MAKING MYSELF SAD AGAIN.
6. Gale: Ok I know that everyone hates Gale but I honestly don’t mind him. He was very opinionated, stubborn and only saw the world through his point of view, but I don’t believe he was a bad person. That being said, I hated Katniss and Gale’s friendship halfway through book 2 and 3. I loved it in book 1 but after that it just felt awkward (which I guess was a result of Gale’s unresolved feelings for Katniss). It’s a shame since I really loved their friendship in book one!! Gale had Katniss’s back for YEARS and kept her family alive when she went away for the games. He was a beacon of loyalty in the first book but not so much in book 2 and 3. It wasn’t Gale or Katniss’s fault in particular, but both of their personalities just clashed too much, making it hard for their friendship to last.
Quotes that made me sob (I get very sappy and try to act all deep in this part 🤪 ):
“‘And.. you in Thirteen…’(...)’Dead by morning!’(...) The camera knocked down to record the white tiled floor. The scuffle of boots. The impact of the blow thats inseparable from Peeta’s cry of pain. And his blood as it splattered the tile.”
Moral of the story: Don’t reread Mockingjay unless you want your heart to be physically crushed and trampled on 🤠 Oh and also that Peeta and Katniss are the best book ship ever 😎
10/16/2021 02:29:13 pm
Infinity!!!! Yes!!!! 😍 And Rue!!!! 🥺🥲 My all time favorite Hunger Games character!!!!!! Love this review!
10/16/2021 03:25:29 pm
I love all of these rankings!
10/16/2021 03:50:30 pm
Thank you so much, Micaela!!
10/16/2021 03:51:05 pm
Thank you so much☺️🧡 OMG YES RUE DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER 😭😭
10/16/2021 08:15:31 pm
After this review... I SOOOOO HAVE TO READ THIS 😭😍😱
10/17/2021 10:09:33 am
OMG YES YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO!! It’s amazing 🤩
10/17/2021 10:18:33 am
OMG I LOVE THIS REVIEW! , Seriously I don't think i can ever get over peeta mellark and finnick's ending is not fair 🥺 ,the mockinjay epilogue has my heart ❤️ ,I wish the movies showed Katniss's depression after losing prim and the burns on her skin ,it was never showed but yeah this series is perfect ❤️
10/20/2021 04:02:25 pm
THANK YOU!!! Same Peeta is perfect in every way 🥰
10/18/2021 02:21:53 pm
This review sums up my thoughts EXACTLY on this series!! 😍 I loved it! Such an awesome review - is it making me want to reread The Hunger Games series now? Yes, yes it is!
10/20/2021 04:03:30 pm
YAY glad we have the same thoughts!!! Bahaha 😂😂 I’m so glad this inspired a reread (which is definitely the right choice duh 😌😌)
10/19/2021 06:14:16 pm
This is such an amazing review! I feel the same way about how well written these books are! I love that you included Katniss and Buttercup! 🐈
10/20/2021 04:04:46 pm
AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This made my day ☺️☺️ Ofc! Buttercup and Katniss’s relationship is always overlooked! Yes it was a very small part of the book but it made a lasting impression on me lol!
10/20/2021 06:42:34 am
That was the best review ever! I’ve never been good at leaving reviews(😅) but you are really good at it! And if I’ve never read the Hunger Games series(Which I have a gazillion of times) I would go and get those books right now!
10/20/2021 04:05:59 pm
OMG THANK YOU!! This literally makes me so happy to hear 💕💕 Haha yesss reading the Hunger Games a gazillion times should definitely be everyone’s priority 😌😌
10/20/2021 04:25:10 pm
The only flaw in this series is the deaths of Finnick and Prim. Finnick's death just came out of nowhere. I was reading and boom! Finnick's dead. I was like what the heck did just happen! Same goes to Prim. They were so powerful character but their deaths are not written well. It's like they just died and there's no significance in it.
10/22/2021 04:23:13 pm
Ok true Finnick's death was very sudden! Truthfully because of the suddenness, I wasn't too sad over his death. I didn't feel that way about Prim's death tho! I thought it was beautifully written :)
10/20/2021 04:28:53 pm
And also I was so busy in sharing my thoughts over the book that I forgot to tell you that your review is sooooooo good to make anyone want to read these books. Great job😊
10/22/2021 04:23:58 pm
Haha thank you so so much!!!!
10/21/2021 02:58:23 pm
You outdid everyone in this review! Wow you truly is a fan, I thought nobody could be more obsessed than me in this trilogy because as I was reading the parts of the book, I watch them at the same time and like I just love this trilogy so much. But your review is sooo good! One thing that I wish could have done in this series tho was to have it like in duo POV like we can read what Peeta thinks too you know what I mean? Cause I would LOVE that so much! I love him so much, his patience, love, care. Every single thing about him is flawless for me😫❤️ My fav characters are Katniss and Peeta (ofc), Haymitch, Johanna, Prim, Rue, and Finnick. This trilogy is so good, I am reading The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes so let’s how that goes for me! Anywaysss, I love your review! You’re so good at this🤍
10/22/2021 04:25:10 pm
OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This means soooo much!!! YES OMG I would sell my soul for a chance to read Peeta's pov!!! Hope you enjoy ABOSAS
This is a really great review! I’ve thought about re-reading books 1-3 since it’s been YEARS. Peeta is by far my favorite character, and I love Haymitch despite his not-so-great moments (and his portrayal in the movie was perfect). I agree with a comment above that Finnick and Prim’s deaths were unnecessary. Katniss had already been through SO MUCH, and just when everything is on it’s way to being okay, Collins was like BAM, kill the sister, who Katniss loved more than anyone. And Finnick… Ugh I can’t handle his.
10/22/2021 04:27:01 pm
YAYYY I love meeting other Peeta fans :) True! Finnick's death was unnecessary but I thought Prim's death was well written! My favorite in the series is Catching Fire!! I love it SO much!!
10/23/2021 10:39:31 pm
Love youre review. Love the books too. Really want to reread the trilogy soon. Its been too long that I have read them.
10/25/2021 10:21:35 am
Omg thank you so much!! Yesss rereading this series is so much fun! You should definitely do it ☺️
10/24/2021 02:06:23 pm
Don’t remind me about Rue! What a horrendous moment for everyone. 😢😢😢
10/25/2021 10:21:59 am
IKR?! I MISS RUE SO MUCH 😭😭😭
10/26/2021 06:12:11 am
I absolutely love the hunger games like it’s one of my all time favourite series and I think you captured a lot of what makes it so good in this review! Admittedly I have been super nervous to read A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes BUT reminiscing about the original trilogy has really got me motivated to pick it up!! Love the review! Keep it up ❤️
10/29/2021 07:31:17 am
YAY!! So happy to meet other hunger games fans :) Thank you sooo much!! I definitely recommend Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! It’s good (not amazing) but it’s worth a read!
10/28/2021 01:00:53 am
I love the series!! But Maude Ivorys and Sejanus’s friendship was also just love😭😭🤎
10/29/2021 07:32:35 am
I totally forgot about Maude and Sejanus 😭😭 I’m halfway through my ballad of songbirds reread so I didn’t get to that part in my reread yet!
11/5/2021 09:13:43 pm
I love the hunger games too.
11/17/2021 06:17:56 pm
YAY!! Glad you love this series too!
11/13/2021 10:19:02 am
Love the series and having read your review makes me wanna reread them now !! 🥂❤️
12/14/2021 08:04:11 am
Awww thank you so much!! Yes definitely reread this series it’s soooo good
11/21/2021 12:33:38 pm
OMG KATNISS AND HAYMITCH! <3 for sure one of the best relationship developments in the series. I love how katniss went from disliking him to turning to him😫 so pure❤️
12/14/2021 08:04:40 am
FR!! HAYMITCH AND KATNISS ARE MY FAV DUO OMG
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12/29/2021 07:16:36 am
Oh I absolutely love this series ! I reread it last year and I was not disappointed.
2/18/2022 05:14:46 pm
the commitment in making a book blog😌😌😌 why is this review so RELATABLE!!!! ahhhhh🥰🥰
2/18/2022 07:35:52 pm
If hunger games as a subject in school, I will get an A+ !!!
3/24/2022 05:25:41 am
I enjoyed reading this! It reminds me of so many points I’ve forgotten between reads; looking forward to finishing the trilogy again so I can re-experience all of these emotions!
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