My English teacher wife asked me to listen to this. I did, because I likes Uglies by Westerfield so much, I thought another YA novel was worth a shot.
This one is no Uglies. The characters don't ring true, and the plot has holes big enough to drive a truck through. It's just silly.
That said, apparently young readers, both male and female, love it. My wife reports great pleasure in discovering a lot boys really like this book with a female protagonist. So what do I know know?
Still, I'd give it a miss. I listened to the whole set and feel like I wasted my time.
Story comes in two parts but there is clearly several hours missing in between them and I'm not sure how no previous reviewers have noticed.
All I can say is that I was disappointed.... that it had to end!
I listened to all 3 audio books one after the other while driving to work and back. This is the first book(s) that I wanted to listen to outside of my daily commute. I would sneak in a few minutes here and there at home, because I was desperate to know what happened next to Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
The plot is brilliant - a world in the future where the "Capitol" forces the 12 existing regions to give up 2 of their children, 1 boy 1 girl, every year to participate in the elaborate "Hunger Games". The children are forced to compete to the death in this vicious and depraved annual event held to remind the rebels of the Capitol’s power.
I loved every second - a great story and a wonderful narrator!
Enjoyed this book. It is a combination of fiction and could be reality. The narrator was good and the story line was very good. I would recommend it.
Awesome book.... Really different kind of story line which I was not expecting. The narration was awesome. Had to read more from this author and read the Giver.. also a great book. Highly recommend.
I guess I am not this books prime audience, but I picked it up from a friends recommendation and honestly I don't get what everyone sees in it. The main character never grows by the end of the book. She is supremely stuck in whatever state she started in; not trusting anyone. What kills me the most is that she had so many opportunities to have a meaningful relationship with almost all the characters but she chose not to.
The hunger games themselves are a little lackluster. They outline these rules and it all boils down to a lottery to see if you will have to fight to the death. After that there is a whole system for gifts to the players, or tributes in this case. The whole thing seems mildly underwhelming for a society as advanced as the "capital" who you get the impression has total power over everyone, but rarely exercises that power.
There were some nice moments in this book, but all in all I don't think that it deserves all the praise it gets. Honestly at the end of the book I felt a little jipped that I had to waste a credit on it.
I was a little bit wary of this one and wasn't sure why i purchased it at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought it was both beautifully written and performed. I'm on to book two.
I usually don't read YA novels but this one was recommended to me. This is an excellent novel. It is well-written, the characters are realistic, the plot is engaging, and the cliffhanger leaves you anxious for the next novel.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice (I don't know, I thought she should have sounded younger), but I now can't imagine anyone else reading the novel.
If you love romance, there's a nice romantic plot. If you like adventure and action, there's plenty of that. If you like sci-fic, great book for you. If you like a novel that makes you think, you'll find plenty of that.
haven't read the print version.
great story. able to connect to characters and share the experiences.
the utter lack of privacy and the characters awareness of it. soemthing too often taken for granted in an electronic world.