This is a work aimed at a teen audience written with limited vocabulary and short sentences. At first the rhythm reminded me of Hemingway, but it is not particularly sophisticated. The story is a Handmaid’s Tale style world wherein villages of the empire send tribute/sacrifices as reparation for an uprising that happened almost 80 years ago. The “Tributes” have to fight to the death on television. The game takes place in the woods while viewers send support and bet on the contestants. Very quick read. There are 2 sequels. They may be easy enough to read that it would be worth covering the series, but really, this is enough to know what it’s about and I’d like to go back to full sentences with grown up vocabulary.
First I'd like to say that I have now read all 3 Hunger Games novels and loved them all. I had to read them on my kindle because I simply couldn't stand this narrator. Her voice absolutely grated on my nerves. I was only able to make it through 1 chapter before her babyish rendition of Katniss turned me off completely.
I am completely impressed by the enjoyability of this book. I purchase several audiobooks a month to create a more tolerable commute to work; it wasn't enough for me, however, to reserve "The Hunger Games" just for my drive. I sat in my living room and listened it out until it was over. This is a crazy-good book that I'd recommend to everyone!
if you go into this thinking its going to be epic tale u will be disappointed, its an "ok" story but nothing special,
I enjoyed the Hunger Games, but gave this book three stars instead of four, because its not without its flaws. Its a little simplistic at times, and I thought more of the book could have been dedicated to making the conflict in the arena more compelling. That part of the story was strangely lacking in my opinion.
Some people complained about the narrator's voice. I personally thought she was perfect. Her affectations didn't bother me at all, and I thought fit the main character very well.
Some reviewers have complained about the violence. All I can say to that is this violence is strictly PG-13. If you can't stomach the violence in this rather tame novel, then you should stick with the Disney channel. Its really not bad.
Lastly, just wanted to add that I am 35 and enjoyed the book. Its not the most sophisticated thing I've ever read, but so what? Will probably check out the sequel when I get a chance.
Don't get me wrong - I like plenty of books aimed at people younger than myself - Ender's Game, the Wheel of Time series, the Bartimaeus books, the Discworld books, etc. - but this one has the same teen-love-story feel that I couldn't connect with in the Twilight series either (I only made it through book one in that series also).
I know some of you will hit the "unhelpful" button just because I don't love Katniss (or Isabella) or the many strapping young gentlemen they're involved with. But please, I'm not saying this is crap - I'm just saying that it's not for me - and probably won't be for other men in their mid 30s who like things like...the Song of Ice and Fire series, for instance - that's all :)
Hunger games is a book about survival much like the survivor series on tv, but you don't get voted off, you get killed off. There are coalitions and deals made between contestants but in the end only one survivor allowed. There is a love story involved, sort of anyway but it did not ring true to me. I really did not like the ending and the degree of cruelty in the game did not make it fun for me. I think younger readers will like it more than me. I am seventy though and somewhat jaded.
I WANT to tell you this story a bit too feeble. I WANT to tell you the narrator, while not the worst I've heard, was not good. I WANT to tell you the main character isn't all that likable of a person. I WANT to tell you your credit is better spent elsewhere. I want to say I did not like this book...but for whatever reason I can't. In looking back at how it kept my attention from beginning to end I can only say I WOULD recommend this book. Maybe it would have been better for me if I read it rather than listening to the narrator's interpretation. If you like fast paced plot lines that are very linear and want to just sit and be entertained this would be a good book to turn to.
I listened to this a few years ago, along with the two follow ups in quick succession. I thought, for being a YA book, that it was good. The thematic elements were necessarily muted, but the book still delivers the concepts in manageable doses.
The impact of the books can't be ignored, nor can their influence on the genre. While certainly not the best example of dystopian future, they made it more accessible. The concepts of oppression and government overstep are laid out cleanly. The romantic and melodramatic elements were overwrought, but not unpleasant.
If you are looking for a much more adult and serious take on these themes, turn to Red Rising and Golden Son.
I was entertained by the story, though not terribly impressed. Worth it if for no other reason than the cultural impact.
Not every book is for everyone. Although this book has a strong audience it was not one for me, it is a sappy teen angst confused love story with an amateurish attempt at being an action story. If you are 14, and a girl, this will be a great story for you, and that is the target market. I was sucked in by people who loved the movie and some of the reviews that indicated it could be a great book for an adult audience as well as the aforementioned. I am not sure how this works for adults, for some it seemed to but for me it was just silly. Any predicament "Catness" finds herself in is rectified by some intervention and she skates through everything with only confused emotions and some mad higher ups in the ethereal "capital". If she is stung by mutant wasps, or thirsty, BOOM fixed in an anti climatic revelation, her biggest challenge is to continually keep the audience of the "Hunger Games" from seeing her cry. For me I am certain that the books most useful aspect is as a cure for insomnia.