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Overall a great read, but calling it a "box" set could be debatable.
The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set - Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set - Suzanne Collins
Date: 25/05/12, updated on 27/05/12 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Great Story, Cheap
Disadvantages: "Box" set is not a box, but merely a paper cover that does not stay on the books! Do not be mislead!
I ordered these book for two reasons. The first was that I needed a good read for my upcoming holiday and second that I just saw the film and was 'hooked.' When I saw the box set at such a cheap price (I paid 10.00 pounds with shipping) I could not pass up the offer.
I would like to comment more on the product itself as a previous reviewer has given a good thorough description of the books that I would agree with. (EDIT: Please find below brief descriptions on the books below, due to further demand.)
When seeing the words "box set" I expected all three books to be inside some type of holding for the books. Unfortunately this is not what they mean by box set. I was disappointed when I opened my package to find it included the three books with a flimsy, slightly thicker than basic paper cover around them. The cover did not stay wrapped around the books once I actually opened the book/case from its plastic wrapping. Therefore the cover itself is pretty useless and was only for decoration in the wrapper. When I finished reading the books I tried to place the books back into the flimsy cover and put them on my bookshelf, but it just did not work. You will notice from the image that the "box" appears to go over the top of the books. This is not accurate, the paper merely wraps around the outside of the two outer books leaving the top and bottom parts of the book exposed. What you don't see in the picture is the rear side of the cover which presents the mockingjay pin (hunger games symbol) with the title of the series. I switched the cover so that this side shows instead of the bindings of the book. Only this way can it serve some purpose!
From what I have seen their are two main types of paperback covers for these books. There is the simple cover with one basic colour, the title, and mockingjay pin and then the childlike, bright coloured ones. If you buy this box set you will be purchasing the latter. This was another aspect that I really did not like! The first style, also called the "new" style from what I have seen is more mature and classic. It really depends on preference!
The Books: NO SPOILERS!
All three books take place in a futuristic North America. America as we know it, no longer exists and instead, a head capital state called Panem rules over what are called "districts." There are 12 districts in total all scattered around what we formerly know as America. Each district is assigned with a specific duty that correlates with what raw material is available. For example district 12 is coal mining (east coast location), while other districts are in charge of fishing, lumber, etc. Each person that lives in the district is forced to carry out the assigned task of the area and there is no moving in and out of the districts, you live, work, and die where you were born. All these supplies are then provided to the capital. As you can imagine coal mining is not as grand of a job as fishing and often the lower the district the poorer the district is.
The book's main character is Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who partakes in "The Hunger Games." What are the Hunger Games? The Hunger games were created by the capital Panem, who use the games to remind the districts of how the capital "protects" them. The capital tells the other districts of the horrors of war and how to stop these wars, the Hunger Games were created which involves the sacrifice of both a boy and a girl from each district who must fight against the other districts in a controlled arena. The chosen contestants are picked from a sort of lottery. Every child age 12-18 is entered into the lottery and winner is chosen randomly. Every citizen of Panem is required to view the Hunger Games and encouraged to cheer the contestants on. By sacrificing a boy and a girl, each district is able to "fight" against each other instead of war. The winner receives riches and honour, but the chances of survival are limited with 23 other contestants trying to kill each other.
The books are told from the perspective of Katniss which enables the reader to feel her emotions and see the things she sees. The book follows her goodbyes to her family, her training for the games, and her fighting in the games. I will let you know there is somewhat of a love story in the books, but it is twisted and different so even if this is not your type of read and you are more action based you will still find it interesting!
It is difficult to explain the other two books without giving any spoilers away. As what happens in book 1 dictates the storyline in book 2 and 3. As this review is for a book set I would imagine the reader has not read book 1 yet so I will refrain from describing the next two books. I will say that that all three books follow a pattern. Each chapter ends with either a twist or new information that leaves you dying to read the next chapter. You will find yourself reading through all three books quite quickly and when you're finished, left with so many unexplainable emotions. I found myself crying at the end at some truly unexpected events! The books also add some interesting political perspectives if you're able to catch them and helps raise some questions for modern society which is one of the major features of the book to enable an older audience and younger audience to enjoy the books. If you can catch the reference, it's there, but if you don't understand it, the basic story is still there. In the books you will notice propaganda, oppression, and right wing politics. It also touches how barbaric the games are and yet how enjoyable they are for some of the citizens (Think old Roman and Colosseum games). I will leave you with that as an explanation of anything more will give away too much!
Overall while disappointed with the "box" aspect I must say it was a good deal overall and a great read. When looking up prices for each book individually you will find it may be cheaper to buy the "box" set even though it is not truly a box. I have done some research and there is actually a box set that you can buy which actually holds the books, but from what I have found it is triple the price and is only in hardcover. So if you're looking for just a simple read that is cost effective and do not care much about how the book looks this is a good deal for you! I think if I had known what I just wrote previously I would not have gone through with the purchase as previously mentioned I really did not like the cover of the books and would have been willing to pay five pounds more to buy them all individually and get the "new" style that I have seen around. I also am disappointed that the image and title is so misleading to potential buyers!
Summary: Overall great story, cost effective set, but lacks a box for adequate storage of the books!