Sci-fi and fantasy are not my favorite genres, but I decided to try this one because of all the good reviews. Really loved it -- both the book itself and the narrator. The protagonists are well-developed and likable, and the plot is character-driven, with lots of suspense. If you liked Dune, you'll like The Hunger Games.
I must say I was a little dissappointed as the books are easily predictable. Many of the reviews I read online likened this series to the Twilight series and I disagree. I loved the Twilight series and I only like this series. I am now reading the second book in this series as I bought them at the same time but if I had read the first one without buying the others I would not be reading nor buying the others:(
I'm currently listening to this series for the 2nd time & enjoying as much as I did originally, which was less than a year ago. It's so good I'm dragging it out as best I can just to make it last. On another note, I almost dread the movie release. They never live up to the book & the bar is set so high for this one, it's sure to fall far short. I've read alot about the romance angle being played way up in the movie version. Bad move. If they could truly just put THIS book on the big screen it would be perfection. The casting is quite good, from what I've seen. But I'm not holding my breath beyond that. Some things shouldn't be messed with & this is one of them. If you listen to one sereis in your lifetime, make it this one!!!
I picked this book as it was recommended to me by two friends but I had not heard much about it otherwise. After reading the synopsis, I was humored to see that it had a somewhat similar story line as a Japanese movie I saw called Battle Royale. While I can see why the teenagers are drawn to this book, I would say that it can appeal to all ages. There one scene that moved me to tears because of how sad and sweet it was. I enjoyed the dilemmas that the main character battles internally. I plan on continuing on with series as well.
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This might actually be my favorite book ever. Every word Collins writes has a purpose; either to progress the story, paint a picture of the world or develop the characters. I've never cared for characters more. My own emotions ebb and flow as the plot develops. I loved every second of it. If I have any criticism it is that the narrator could never be taken for a 16 year old girl. She performs well, but sounds like a much older woman (maybe in her mid 50s?) It was so distracting that it took me more than half the book to stop noticing the disconnect. Don't let this discourage you though. The story more than makes up for it and eventually you will stop thinking about it.
The plot and detail in this story make this novel completely riveting. There were moments where I was cognizant of it being a "young adult" book, but for the most part the descriptions, conflicts, and themes were engaging for adults as well. It's kind of like Lord of the Flies meets Survivor, and it is horrific in its implications about humans, politics, and sociology.
I've listened to many audiobooks, but this one really stood out among the crowd! Really! It was full of action, drama, suspense, surprise, and even some romance mixed up in all that. Kinda reminded me of a side salad( haha. no? No one laughed.. okay..well..) yeah, anyways, it was a really good book. Try it, you won't feel bad about it!
I read this book with high expectations. I forgot that it was written for teenagers, not 30-somethings. As long as you remember the target audience for this book, you will be fine.
The idea is interesting. It's post-apocalyptica US-meets-reality-television. Some creative concepts and visuals came from this idea.
The end became a little long and at times cringable, but don't give up. I was wrong about the end.
This page turner will keep you listening. Follow the female protagonist through a chilling tale of survival of the fittest. This novel will appeal to young adults as well as an older audience.