The first of the trilogy got me hooked. The story moves right along but you often wonder "what is she thinking?!" about the heroine.
The narration is wonderful! Really, a great job. The ONLY qualm I have about the narrator is that she sounds way older than 16 (the age of the character telling the story). She doesn't sound ancient, but she sounds like a 30 yr. old. ....Or perhaps, that's just my personal take, being mid 30s myself. Which leads us to the next point...
I know this book is listed as pre-teen/adolescent, but honestly, it reads well for older generations as well. I think the main thing making it an adolescent read is that it's chalk full of physical adventures of the unknown and unpredictable. I remember reading such stories and being fascinated by them as a teen myself. There's a lot of exploration (forced or not) in this book. The risk, the danger, the uncertainty...all wonderful, except for me, being older, I've sort of been there done that. YET, it still kept me tied and anticipating every next move! Really quite amazing.
As an older adult, I find myself more interested however, in the bigger scheme of things. The bigger issues and philosophies of this. Politics is perhaps a better word. In a stark manner, this bears an uncanny resemblance to our own world and current things going on, albeit, an extreme interpretation, but one very unsettling just the same.
I look forward to the next installment.
I was spellbound by this wonderfully written book. The only reservation is that it is so violent, whether "PG-type" of violence or not, as noted by other reviewers. I wish I could offer equally as engaging, quality reading to young adults without the premise that all teh kids were required to kill each other.
Suzanne Collins brings the arena to life with the Hunger Games. Your heart breaks for Katness as she struggles for survival for her family and then as a participant in the games. Ms. Collins balances the reality of the Capital with the reality of the districts. Katness is very believable as she struggles with being a survivor and a teenager.
This is one of the most riveting books I've listening to in a while! I loved it! My prediction: Once you're finished with Hunger Games the next two books in the series will be downloaded in no time!
This book was amazing. I was pulled into the story in the first five minutes and could not catch my breath until it was done. And then once it was done, I wished it wasn't.
The topic and plot werel defined and described well. Although I loved the charactors I was more drawn to know more about this world she had created. In every way it was unbelievable and yet she made it believable. You could feel yourself there in every situation discribed.
This is a must read, even if you've made up your mind that you don't like teenage fantasy novels. I did, and I'm glad!
i love too read and have people read to me...
ill be honest. i got this title on sale and it was well worth the price. good story. good narator. gets a little campy at the end, but worth at least another listen. i heard the other two books in the series ruined it. bummed about that. looking forward to the movie. at least the first movie anyway...
I found The Hunger Games to be a slow start, but once I got into it, I was captivated by this story! I have to admit some disappointment at the end, as it appears we are going to be trapped in a love triangle, and I guess I thought Katniss would be above that... :) I am taking a break from the series, but do want to come back to it and finish the trilogy.
Overall, I thought this book was excellent and have already devoured the sequels. The narration and pace were very good. It is hard to read this book without thinking of Roman gladiators and Mayan ballgames, and to realize that rulers of "civilized" societies have actually used such gruesome, ritualized games to control the masses. The author notes the influence of gladiator games and reality television on her decision to write in a postscript. It is the sort of book that makes you wonder how far leaders are willing to go to take control, and the kind of bravery it takes to stand up to people who have the power to kill everyone you care about. Beyond that, it is easy to get caught up in the story...the simple life of youngsters on the edge of starvation faced with something so much greater than themselves that they have no choice but to do the unthinkable or die. The story goes from a poor village with simple technology, to a utopian metropolis, to an arena with means of death that would make leaders of the inquisition sit up and beg. Descriptions are good, though I think the first person narration made a few of the characters seem a little flat (mainly Peeta and Gale), and it's hard to imagine teens in such an environment would place so much emphasis on kissing, kissing, and more kissing with some talk of marriage, though the stinted romances seem reasonable given the tense circumstances. It is violent, but no more than it needs to be to tell the story and have the reader understand the horror of the situation. The characters aren't chess pieces, but people the reader is made to care about. All of the characters have their quirks and flaws, and don't necessarily react in predictable ways, but the reactions still make sense in their context which helps the realism of the book. Overall, an important theme, and an entertaining book.