Book Review: Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was inspired by a blend of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, a program on TV where people were competing, and another where kids were fighting a war while the author was channel surfing. According to Wikipedia, “[Collins] describes the Hunger Games as ‘an updated version of the Roman gladiator games, which entails a ruthless government forcing people to fight to the death as popular entertainment.’ Collins also explains that the name Panem came from the Roman saying "Panem et Circenses" which … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games is This Year’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Last year, many people including bloggers were talking about Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This year, people will be talking about Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Both books are the first instalment in a trilogy. The Hunger Gamesis a science fiction book written for teenagers, but adults including myself, are gobbling up the book. It’s a page turner. I liked the sixteen-year-old protagonist Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games a lot better than I liked Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo even though I enjoyed the trilogy and have seen the … [Read more...]