I loved loved loved this series. I found myself drawn into the first book The Hunger Games as soon as they got to The Capital. This is a YA novel but I am 26 and loved it. If you are considering this book give it a chance. I laughed, cried, and shouted out loud during this book and the two that follow it. I would recommend it to any adult and would leave it up to parents as far as recommending it to children due to the violence. I am so glad I waited until all three books were out before starting the first book since I went through all three in about a week and a half. The narrator was also wonderful, it took me an hour or so to get use to her (she sounded older than 16 to me) but after that she was Katniss and I loved her. I would give this series 10 stars if I could.
Survivor meets Gladiator - not bad. It's a novel of teens for teens but the teen angst is kept to a tolerable minimum. The series would be extraordinary if written for adults, but some concessions are required to make it age-appropriate for the target audience. Despite the horrific world in which the story is set, the author still manages to romanticize some aspects of it, and the lead character sometimes displays a level of stupidity that can't quite be explained away by her youth and inexperience as we are supposed to believe. The same story written for older readers could probably be made a little more realistic in these areas, but even in its current form it is thought provoking and impossible to put down.
Say something about yourself!
did all three.. should have stopped after one.. i mean they are all good. i dont know maybe its just cause you hear a story like this then years later they make a movie on it.. i hope its just on the first one.. katnis is great.. she would make a good role model.
The Constant Knitter
I purchased this after reading the dust jacket at the local bookstore. Saw it on here and thought it would be entertaining. By the 4th chapter of the monotone voice of the reader I was hoping one of the characters would shoot me! Read the books instead.
This book is labeled as "Young Adult Fiction", but other than the fact that the main characters are "young adults", I can't understand why someone would put such a limiting label on such a wonderfully written, amazing story. I highly recommend it to both young adults and not-so-young adults. Beware, though, that this is an INTENSE listen (and read, I assume)!
I just finished this book the other day. The author does a good job of visually setting everything up and getting you involved with the character but I was expecting a lot more violence and was disappointed in that area. When you think of Arena's you think of lots of battle and there are battles but the Arena in this case is 22 acres and there are different tactics that have to be thought about. The ending leaves you hanging, wanting to know what happens next. I guess that's what the next book it for hehe. I will be getting the next book. The Narrator of the story does a pretty decent job at the voices, she's not the worst but not the best either. It's definitely a story worth listening to overall.
It took me a little while to get past the narrator's pacing. The dialog and voices of the characters are good, but the general narration's pacing makes the main character sound a little flat. She does do a good job overall and by the second book, her narration lends a sense that Katniss's thoughts at times are disjointed, deliberate and cold. That being said, I liked the story so much that I listened to the other two books.
As far as the story goes, this a book for young adults, as there's no profanity and only a hint of sexual innuendo later in the series. I enjoy most Y-A books and many do appeal to an older audience as these do. The main character is 16-17 years old. The books center around the the conflict between the Districts and the Capitol and deaths of "tributes" - kids. The Capitol has very little regard for life and is very cruel, some of the imagery can be fairly gruesome. Fine for young adults, but some of the imagery may not be for younger kids. The post apocalyptic world in this book presents a fresh view of what would be left and presents some very interesting questions about our society and what forms it would take.
I enjoyed the narrator of this book. She was very good and the book is very exciting. I ended up purchasing and listening to the next 2 books and am almost finished. I'm going to be miss these characters when I'm done.
This work was my first introduction to Collins’ work and did I enjoy this. I had thought I’d listen while I did house work, you know background story “noise.” Boy was I surprised, I couldn’t quit listening, I had to listen straight through. Good thing I loaded this on my phone so I could have it with me everywhere until I’d finished the “book.” The social comment, I believe the underlying premise of this work, centers (in my opinion) around what happens when psychopaths and sociopaths have the best survival skills. What is stunning was the recognition that the story is fiction, the fear, dominance, and detachment necessary for this fictional society to exist are already manifesting in our current, real word. Read and be very afraid. And yes, I did buy the other two books in this series of three.