A friend recommended this book and after reading the synopsis I wasn't convinced but decided to get it anyways based upon the high marks. WOW. The story held me captive and I could NOT stop listening until the very end. It's a keep you on the edge of your seat type of story and is easy to follow.
First the qualifier: I'm 30 yrs old, so not technically the intended audience.
I initially purchased this series for my boyfriend during an Audible series sale, thinking it might be a fun sci-fi/gladiator type of story. That didn't work out, the boyfriend was immediately put off by the narrator and the premise, and completely gave up about an hour in. Not wanting to entirely waste the credits, I tried listening to it myself.
I found Katniss to be a pretty annoying heroine - throughout the series she's increasingly whiny and self-obsessed and rarely has a clue. I rolled my eyes a lot and often wished she would just shut up and let us get on with the story. I guess this is the inescapable teenage element in what is, after all, a YA series.
The narrator is also not my favorite. She gives most of the characters the same incredibly irritating drawl, which tended to make me think that reading these books instead of listening to them would have been more enjoyable.
But enjoy them I did, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. There have even been moments where I found myself misty-eyed and wondering just how the author managed to draw me in despite my reservations about what I perceived as a somewhat flat world/cast/story.
I am now in the middle of the last book. I have no regrets about spending 2 credits on this series. And although I don't think I would recommend this to my friends or family, I do appreciate the secret ingredient, whatever it is, that has kept me listening so far...
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.
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.
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.
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.
love to read, love to listen
This suspenseful science fiction novel is written for a younger audience, but thoroughly engaged me. Catness is a likeable and worthy heroine, competing for her life with a number of other adolescents in the sadistic Hunger Games. The author treats all the children with at least some compassion; there are no all-bad-guys or all-good-guys.
Catness develops a rich, nuanced understanding of the despotic system in which she must operate, and maintains her hold on humanity, compassion and love, while sometimes making choices that set these aside for the moment, in the hope that she will live to love another day. Though the situation is life-or-death, the decisions she must make are not black-or-white.
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.
I listened to this on the advice of my daughter (28). I was pleasantly surprised as I was skeptical at first. I thought it tried too hard to bring you into the story but once you do actually get in, you can't seem to put it down. I looked for things that are expected and common but the twists and turns kept my attention very well. I enjoyed the fact that what you actually wanted to happen, didn't exactly work out that way. I will listen to the second one and see if it can do the same.