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The Hunger Games trilogy began with, of course, The Hunger Games, which is the story of a girl who sacrifices her own life to take the place of her sister's in the annual televised gladiator-style death match that is known by the citizens of Panem as the Hunger Games (How many times can I say The Hunger Games?). Panem is what became of North America after a huge war that nearly destroyed civilization. There are 12 (13?) districts that surround the Capitol, which is a city that has total control of the districts. Katniss Everdeen lived in District 12 when her sister, Prim, was chosen for the Hunger Games. Katniss, knowing that she would probably die, stepped up to take the place of her sister. She vaguely remembers the other tribute from her district, Peeta Mellark, for a random act of kindness. The Hunger Games illustrates Katniss and Peeta's fight for survival.
In Catching Fire, the games are over, but nothing is easy as it should be. Every move Katniss makes seems to harm someone else, and talk of a rebellion is stirring throughout Panem. Catching Fire shows that every word or action can have its consequence.
Finally, Mockingjay, which was published in August, is the story of the rebellion of Panem. If you don't know this by now, Mockingjay's ending left many people wanting more, and many others very angry at Collins for the route that she took with this one. I do not side with those people. In my opinion, Collins' ending is beautiful and heartbreaking. I feel that if she had not given it the exact ending that she did, the series would not be the same. I get that it is bittersweet, but life does not work out the way you want it to. That's just how it is. Collins has showed that before in her trilogy, but Mockingjay took it to a whole new level. I think that's why everybody was bothered by the ending. It did not take the exact route that it felt it should. But if you look at it from the very start of the first book, you will see that everything is extremely significant and the ending is beautiful, even if it is a little sad.
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