Old timer IT guy, researcher.
The story feels somewhat simplistic, clichéd and quite contrived, particularly as key plot devices regularly arrive without warning. However, once the games start the story becomes much more compelling. I can understand how some people may have issues with the narrator, but if you can get over it, McCormick does quite a reasonable job. I think Collins shows her roots as this would definitely gain more stars for younger readers.
The book is very well written, believable from the perspective of our main character, narrated very well, and it keeps moving constantly to keep things interesting. I couldn't put it down and listened it through on my entire 8 hour Thanksgiving vacation commute- along with before bed and before / after naps!
Is this the first of a series or a stand alone installment? You REALLY want to be able to follow the story onward long after the final words are spoken!
The brings you in within 5 minutes. The narrator is excellent and suspenseful from the start. I couldn't stop listening!
It's definitely appropriate for a younger reader, but I'm in my 30s and still felt drawn in by the characters and plot. You won't be sorry!
I really liked this book! It kept me riveted to see what would happen next. Some people have talked about violence but to be honest there is more violence in a reality show on cable than in this book...you can handle it. I thought it was well written and very engaging. I did not however, like the narrator. When I first started listening I felt like she sounded like an awful robot, very stilted and stiff, but I had purchased the book so I persevered and I got used to her cadence enough to finish listening to the book. I will be checking the next two books out of the library to read myself rather than have to listen to this narrator again. It is a shame because the book is amazing and I would prefer to listen since I don't have the time to sit down and read it myself.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is very interesting, and keeps your attention throughout book, but not at the level of my absolute favorite books, so not quite a 5 star rating. The narrator does a good job, but there are times that she doesn't get the characters quite right. All-in-all, well worth the credit, and I highly recommend this book.
I'm surprised at all the rave reviews of this series. The idea behind the story is very exciting and entertaining, but the characters are very poorly developed. They seem flat, unreal, almost two dimensional. It's hard to really care about the story when you hardly know the main characters.
I suppose I didn't expect a young adult series to deal with the realities of war and oppression in such a realistic way. I totally bought into the story and identified with the main characters and eagerly moved on to the rest of the series. Narrator did a wonderful job.
Be prepared to buy all 3 books. Read them sequentially.
I found the premise good, the story interesting -- a PG version of something like "Battle Royale" (Japanese film). Interesting characters who are developed, if you read the trilogy. Content is certainly aimed at a young audience, but still good enough for adults.
The interview with the author at the end of book 3 is interesting for the literary-minded folks.
This is an intelligent, well-written novel set in a clearly devised dystopian future. There are clear similarities with 'Battle Royale' but the American setting is, perhaps, more easily recognisable to a Western audience. Characters and clearly drawn and, while not always a comfortable listen, it is enjoyable and thought-provoking. The narration and character voice created work well.
What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!