Out of the Hunger Games trilogy, I liked the first book the best, although it was tough to choose between the first and the second. In the first one, I liked getting the back-story of Katniss’ life. I feel like flashbacks from her past are brought up throughout the book, and each time the reader gets to know Katniss a little bit more. This book was really about defining Katniss’ character. One of my favorite flashbacks is when Katniss talks about how her mother froze out the rest of the world when her father died in the mining accident, and Katniss had to take care of her sister. While this is a heartbreaking memory, I feel as if this is the real reason that Katniss is so fond of her sister; because Katniss took care of Prim and loved her not only as a sister, but as a mother as well. There are many other instances where we get a flashback on Katniss’ life which helps us understand why Katniss acts the way she does throughout the three books.
Another reason that I enjoyed the first book most was because I feel as if this is the book with the most rebellion in it. Katniss is already considered a rebel at the very beginning of the book for hunting outside her district. Then, throughout the book she commits multiple acts of rebellion even without doing them purposefully. I believe that one of these acts of rebellion is when she volunteers for her sister at the reaping. Although yes, volunteering is allowed, it had never happened in District 12, and being the first to do so in a way was rebelling against the Capitol.
Later in the book, there are much more direct acts of rebellion. These include shooting the arrow at the game makers’ table, covering Rue with flowers, and deciding that both her and Peeta will eat the berries so there is no victor. These are some of the moments that I as a reader really liked Katniss. I believe that she is a pretty selfish person, the way she acted towards Peeta and others throughout the book, but her moments of rebellion in the first book were the reason that I continued to read the next two books.
One final reason that I liked the first book the best of the three is because of the plot. Since this book was released long before any of the movies, nobody really knew what would happen in it until they read it. I like the idea that family plays a huge role in this book, with Katniss volunteering to save her sister, and then working her hardest to return to her family throughout the book. Although it is sick, I’m fascinated about the idea of the hunger games themselves, how people could be so selfish to enjoy children killing one another for entertainment. Finally, I like the plot of rebellion, just as everyone else. This shows to fight for what you believe in, even if you are going against the world, just as Katniss was going against the Capitol.
Overall, I believe the books were very good, and set a precedent for future movies and books. Recently there have been many books and movies with many of the same themes as the Hunger Games, but I believe that the Hunger Games is one of the best there is.
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