Our family listened to the audio of The Hunger Games on our road trip to Arizona over Christmas holiday. We were so engrossed with the story that we looked forward to getting back into the car whenever we can!

When we came home, we read, on our own, the two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The writing style is not great, but the story is exciting and well told. As is usually the case (maybe with the exception of Harry Potter), the sequels are not as good as the first one. I wish a little more development of new characters and explanations were given in Mockingjay. The wrap up was a little thin. I felt theĀ  author was trying too hard to delve deeper into the emotions of the heroine which sometimes was too drawn out. Ok, I get it that she got crazy and psychologically messed up in a war. But the other characters were able to move on while her emotions kept holding her back. The author just didn’t describe her in a way that stirred me. I had much more sympathy for the other characters.

I recommend the books, but don’t know if I want to see the movie. Movies from books usually disappoint.

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