I was very disappointed with this book, it was almost sad how bad it was, the beginning not as much as the ending, it's as if Collins was given an hour to finish it and this is the best she came up with. She didn't do the justice to her characters, at all. We get to know them, love them and then they leave the book and she doesn't even think twice about them. I would have liked to know a little more about all the characters and not just what Katniss is thinking 24/7. And I'm not even gonna go there, Katniss doesn't seem to grow at all in these books, I thought she was a lot stronger in The Hunger Games, she's supposed to be the rebel thats gonna change the lives of people in Panem, but all she does is complain most of the time, running around in the hospital in a daze. Again months pass in just a few pages and we don't really get the full story. I wish this book had an extra 100 pages or so to tie up the loose ends. The ending is "realistic" but we only see what happens to Katniss and Peeta, no one else is really mentioned, I would have liked to know more. I really thought this book was a big disappointment compared to the first two.
The second part of The Hunger Games we continue the story of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta and Gale. The story continues after Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, and how Katniss' life has changed, or has it. So she gets a new house in the Victors Village, but is she really safe, is her life any better. Not really, she and Peeta are now the poster children for rebellion, which was never their intended plan. Now they are the number one people that the Capitol wants to destroy. Read the book and find out how they plan to do that. This book was good, but I thought The Hunger Games was a lot better, as is always the case with a series. But it's good anyway, the story still carries the same idea, we still get to feel what the characters feel, and what they go through, and they go though a lot. But it's missing that fire that the first one had. I would recommend reading it right after you finish the first one. Otherwise you might not feel the same connection.
It does leave you hanging a bit, so pick up the Mockingjay right away, a lot of questions from THG are revealed. I found a lot of the plot from the first book repeating, and you will notice months pass in just a few pages, which was a little frustrating. Basically the book lacks the magic that the first one had. And at times you can even expect what will happen, it just didn't pull me in as much as The Hunger Games. But if you loved the first book you should definitely read this one. And the next one too.
Ok so let me explain the plot first. This book is about North America, now called Panem, and how in the future, ( I don't think they mention how far ) after a riot of some sort gone wrong, the Capitol controls 12 districts. The story follows Katniss, a 16 year old girl who lives in district 12, apparently the worst one. Every year the Capitol chooses two children between ages 12-18 to participate in The Hunger Games, designed to show the citizens that the Capital is in charge of all of them. These 24 teenagers are sent to fight to the death, last one standing wins. And this is where Katniss comes in, she is at the Hunger Games and is fighting for her life. Really there is more to the story but of course I can't sill the beans here. You will just have to take my word for it and find out for yourself. Sure I thought the ending might be a little different, maybe I hoped they would all commit suicide just to stick it to the MAN, but they really didn't. Unless it happens in the next book, Catching Fire. Which I will start as soon as it arrives in the mail. Can't wait what happens next.
I think the book could've been a little better, maybe if it was a little longer, Collins would have more room to develop more of the characters, we don't really get to know all the 24 teenagers. And I don't even want to mention the many spelling and grammar errors. Talk about run on sentences. I had the urge to go through and underline and correct all the errors. I always thought a book had to be perfect in order to be published. But I guess that is the editors fault.
Aside from that, the book is great, I don't really see any similarities between this book and Twilight, and I've seen a lot of people comparing the two. I got to say I like it more than Twilight, they just killed the books with the movies.
Oh and don't forget March 8, 2012 the Hunger Games comes out in theaters. Here's the trailer.