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.
I read this because I was told I must. Best thing since JK Rowling... I wish! Every book is written with author's intent and received with readers perspective. Since this was presented to me as a juvenile/young adult fiction I must judge its value as such from a retired educator's perspective.
The video game feel made me uneasy but I hoped that some moral resolution would justify this as a device to reach young readers. Unfortunately, although the situation into which these young people were put, while clearly unconscionable was simply accept and never resolved. This is the type of fiction that is fine for s adult with a clearly established moral code. For a teenager without that, and I know way to many, it was disturbing. It's not fantastical vampires and werewolves, it's children wantonly killing other children and even the heroines actions are never really resolved. It felt like watching South Park with boys and young men, cheering on a laughing at racism, homophobia and gore that never saw the irony that makes it funny.
I understand the sequels resolve some of these issues, but I didn't care enough to return to find out.
In the future America of The Hunger Games, civilization is reduced to 12 districts and a despotic, hedonistic capitol. The annually televised death games ('Survivor' meets 'Truman Show') feature a sacrificial girl and boy from each district. The heroine is one of these; a tough, resourceful 16 year old girl around whom the story flows.
The Hunger Games story is engaging and clips right along from beginning to end. It was hard for me to find a lull in which I could pause and get back to my work. The writing isn't overly complex but it's well done. It was interesting to note, while reading, how some of the most appalling aspects of this culture parallel contemporary American life.
Certain technologies were a bit too convenient to the author's objectives. However, they were also fascinating and wonderfully creepy so I didn't mind. What was repugnant in the beginning of the story, (the nature of the games and the sacrifices required) quickly became intriguing.
It may be intended for an older teen but I'd also recommend it if you're looking for a book that's both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Avid listener of fiction of all kinds. On constant search for perfect commuting / running audiobook list.
Yes and no. I was curious as to the story and how it was handled, but felt that it was really a younger read. Not the depth of character or development of story that I enjoy best.
I haven't read the next in the series. I wasn't moved enough to find out what happened next.
I think it was handled well for a kid's book. I do think the death scenes were glossed over a bit, but I understand that it was trying to
Yes. Not read the next one.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
Hungar Games is an amazing book, Catching Fire is almost as good and Mocking Jay is seriously lacking. It feels like the author and the narrator were just trying to get to the end...any way they could. Still worth making it through all three books.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I'm so glad that I finally succumbed to reading this after the whole series was published so I could start Catching Fire immediately! That's exactly what I had to do, and I'm sure that will be the case with Mockingjay. I resisted reading this because I was afraid it would be far too dystopian, science fiction, and YA for me (I'm well into my 50s), but Collins has managed to write a series that will appeal to the intended audience and adults as well. The Hunger Games has a taut, dramatic and thought-provoking storyline, but it also deals with much bigger questions of celebrity, morality, justice, and humanity. I used to work in a middle school library and I'm debating returning for a visit to make sure as many students (and staff!) read this as possible. The premise of the book itself is horrifying, but I hope that it will provoke thoughtfulness about the striking similarities between Panem and our own culture.
I read The Hunger Games before I endured the pain of this audio recording. I could not put the paper copy down, but I had a difficult time listening to it on audio. It saddens me to think of the first-timers who will miss out on the full experience of The Hunger Games because of the inappropriate voice used to portray Katniss! Read this one on your own first!
I was pretty disappointed with THE HUNGER GAMES. For example, there was so much anticipation as to where the children would be sent for the games, but very sparse description once they were there. And for being Hunger games, they were never really so. You never got the idea they were suffering, it was rather ho-hum. This pretty much sums up my complaint of the book, a building up of suspense and a general letdown upon delivery. It's sad because there's a lot of potential here, but an uninteresting story. You get the idea that there's a coming of age, romantic interlude, but it's impossible to believe any of the characters actually have any feelings! If you want a good post-apocalyptic story about children participating in reality games gone too far, go for THE LONG WALK, an earlier work by Stephen King, on par with the great Orwell!
With all the media attention the very shoddily written Twilight series has been getting, I was starting to despair for the future of YA genre fic. Not to worry--Collins spins an excellent tale in The Hunger Games. Fans of dark science fiction will eat this book up like a steaming dish of lamb stew. It touches all the bases with action, intrigue, and deep character development. And none of this gooey, sparkly, teenage-girl-esque writing. It may be written for a younger generation, but any adult reader will find it to be a riveting story as well, with intelligent craftsmanship and a reliance on pacing, not on cheese.
A rival with Libba Bray's series for the spot of Best YA Series Ever on my book shelf.