predictable , and a little bland shades(very light ones) of 1984 ,the running man , not the best or worst dystopian book ever , its like a peanutbutter sandwich i liked it but I didnt love it.
I enjoyed this well enough as I was listening but never got particularly involved. I never cared for the characters or the plot too much. There were just too many parts borrowed from other much better developed and written sci fi books. I finished it, but I was disappointed. Perhaps I was expecting too much based on all the hype.
I heard this was a novel written for teenagers, which would explain some of the stuff I didn't enjoy so much. I thought the premise was interesting but not altogether convincingly executed. Especially the romance aspect, it made me gag at several points in the story and of course lead characters that can do no wrong and are not complex.
But it was a quick listen, not too bad. I don't like it enough to listen to the rest and there are better "battle to the death" novels out there (mostly by stephen king).
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
The Hunger Games series starts strong with The Hunger Games which is an excellent novel for young adults. The writing is good and characters and action interesting. The next novel in the series is quite a bit weaker, and the last of the series is weaker still. The concept of the novel doesn???t quite make sense ??? but if you are able to set that aside The Hunger Games is quite enjoyable. Some reviewers have commented negatively on the protagonist being inconsistent. This is true ??? but what young person in a crisis IS consistent? Suspend disbelief and enjoy The Hunger Games (and skip the other two of the series).
Lots of good reviews here and on other sites, but it just didn't do it for me. I really wish I had realised it was a YA genre before I bought it. I kept thinking of the old Stephen King story "Running Man" only with teenagers. I think if I had read this when I was a teenager, I might have liked it, but I'm not going to read the rest of the series. Hopefully there are better choices out there for me.
I had read a handful of reviews about this book before picking it up, and I don't think I've ever been less surprised by a book. It was exactly what the reviews had told me it would be. In many ways, that is good, because this is clearly a well regarded book and series. As many have said, it walks a thin line of target audience. The characters are young teens, the reading level is appropriate for middle school, but this is all contrasted with a dark story about survival, death, and killing.
I believe Suzanne intended this. As a listener, everything from the style and pacing to descriptions and immature love story constantly reminded me that the characters are young teens. This heightened the experience.
I feel like I have nothing to complain about, because I think Suzanne is a gifted writer who executed well on her story. She did what she set out to do. I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I was entertained throughout. I can't give it 5 stars though, because I just don't care too much for story. The plot is predictable. Despite having many, many plot twists- there was only one that I didn't see happening far in advance. And that one that surprised me was actually just a tease because the very next twist a few minutes later undid the effects of the surprising one. I didn't care about any of the characters. I couldn't relate to any character. This is possibly because I'm a man and it's told from a teenage girl point of view. The politics are childish. In the end- I don't plan on finishing the series.
Narration was good. Easy to understand, easy to listen to, and even drew me back in at a few moments when the story wasn't keeping me interested.
I got totally hooked to this audiobook and was very pleased with my purchase with one exception--the way the narrator voiced the main character, Catness. She voiced her as if she were a little girl when in fact she is a rebellious teen. That's my only complaint.
I found it very simplistic compared to all the great young adult fiction available. I gave it 3 stars because while I did enjoy it and found a few scenes entertaining, I just could never "buy into it". Was very far-fetched and asked very little of the reader...except to just accept mediocrity.
We all know this movie is going to hit it out of the park - just like the books did! The only question is.... who will play the main characters!! I also bet the name "Kat" makes its way up the baby-name list in 2011 and 2012.