THE HUNGER GAMES!!!
HP is wonderful. Everything is well-written: the plot zips along without the feeling of being rushed, the lovable characters have flaws and redeeming characteristics, the dialogue is organic, and the world is so well-constructed, no detail was left hanging. In fact, from what I wrote there, I’d say that HP is a much better series.
Everything, from the characters to the war against the The Dark Lord and his Death Eaters, is down to black and white. (The only exception I could think of right now would be the Malfoys’ struggle with keeping the family alive.)
|L-R: Obsessed with escorting young teenagers to their deaths,
fashion designer who uses his outfits to inflame the rebellion,
innocent child killed by a spear to the stomach,
angry rebel with a cause,
the greatest person you will ever meet, and the worst.
Plus, THG doesn’t revolve around right versus wrong. In fact, everything is pretty much gray, from the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle to the revolution, its methods, and its leaders.
For instance, when the parachute bombs were dropped on children, Katniss isn’t sure if they were sent by the Capitol or the rebellion. And if the latter were true, is it right to shed young, innocent blood for the sake of ending a war that may cost a sizable chunk of the entire population? Is there a right answer?
That’s not to say that HP didn’t discuss heavy themes as well. They covered death, friendship, and discrimination (can you say Remus Lupin?). Heck, the entire seven books were all about accepting death not as a possibility, but as an inevitable end. It was a dark topic to write about in a book meant for youngsters. But it still didn’t provoke as much internal debate in my head as THG did.
Of course, I may be wrong. I haven’t read the books in around a year so my memory may not be reliable, but so far, I remain firm in my conviction that THG comes out on top.