Emily Erwin- Entertainment Editor
On August 24, 2010 the popular book series “The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins, reached its conclusion when the third book entitled “Mockingjay” was published. The first two books in the series, “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire,” are New York Times bestsellers and there are plans for a film adaptation of the first book.
Â The series takes place in the near future, after America as we know it has been destroyed and has been replaced with the country Panem. States are replaced with districts that vary in wealth and social class. District 12, being the poorest of the districts, is home to protagonists Katniss and Peeta.
Â The story begins with the 74th Hunger Games, where participants are forced to fight to the death in an arena until only one participant remains. Peeta and Katniss are selected as the representatives from District 12, and they must fight in the arena for their survival. However, through a strange series of events that occur throughout the trials in the arena, both Katniss and Peeta remain alive at the end of the Hunger Games.
Â Over 450,000 copies of the latest installment, “Mockingjay,” were sold within the first week of publication, and reviews for this book were mostly positive. Many reviewers have said that once fans have started reading it, they will not want to stop until the story is complete. Other reviewers have said that the ending shows the horrific effects of war without sugar-coating things or being too dramatic.
Â As with any publication, not all reviews are positive. Some reviewers have said that Collins did not allow enough chapters to tie up the loose ends created in the first two books. This leaves a lot of unanswered questions that readers might be curious about.
Â “The Hunger Games” is a series that will have readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next. There are plenty of moments where readers think that there is no way the characters can survive, but things always seem to go in their favor. With this kind of series, “Mockingjay” is a perfect way to bring a story to a close.