First I want to say I have heard that this story was rather stolen from an earlier book, I plan to read said earlier novel to see if there truly is a similarity but and this is a big but, a lot of stories tend to have rather similar lines. There have been many novels and movies done with the idea of humans being hunted, survival of the fitist and such so, I don’t give much drama to the idea that this story may feel like others. For me, as long as it grips me in a new way is what matters.
And This One Did!
To read the first novel and it alone would be a travesty. All three books are in their own rights great reads however the trilogy together truly tells the entire story. That being said, I can’t help but hope the author is working on more. =) I am greedy.
The first book tells such an interesting story of fear and growing up with uncertain fates. The strength of each character is well thought out and I truly believed those who won each battle would have and could have done just so.
The second book shows the crazy world the “winner” takes part in and the heretic minds that run the system and government.
The third book I can’t even imagine the idea of going back in, and constantly throughout these novels I am reminded that we are talking about teenagers here, not adults. That they gather and fight back is riveting and depicted in great detail.
Though these people live difficult lives the realization that what they consider to be their terrifying upbringing and circumstances are actually not as bad as others have it is mind-numbing. The way the author subtly shows the main character coming of age through the most difficult circumstances was scary and wonderful.
Now I can watch the movie. =)Small disclosure, it’s been a few weeks since I finished this trilogy so I’m hoping I got the three books right lol they all ran together a bit. It was difficult separating the three in my head.