The Hunger Games

Critical reception

All three books have received positive reception. Praise has focused on the addictive quality of especially the first book,[16] and the action.[17] John Green of The New York Times compared The Hunger Games with Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.[18] Catching Fire was praised for improving upon the first book.[19] Mockingjay was praised for its portrayal of violence,[20] world building, and romantic intrigue.[21]

Criticism has come regarding the reality TV "death game" theme, which is also present in The 10th Victim, Battle Royale, Das Millionenspiel, The Running Man, The Long Walk,[16] and Series 7: The Contenders.[22] Also, the "romantic dithering"[23] and poor love triangle of the second installment was under criticism.[24] The last book, Mockingjay, was criticized by fans of the book and critics for not tying up loose ends.[25]


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