Very compelling, with scenes of cringe-inducing torture. I found myself saying "oh...oh..oh no...oh no..." a lot! This isn't about gratuitous violence - the torture scenes serve to make you understand how truly awful and hopeless the character's situation is, and also to bring about the interesting twist that I didn't see coming. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but I didn't feel like there were loose ends. Definitely recommended.
What a great book! I am usually hesitant to buy/read YA books, I suppose because I essentially think of them as a censored version of an adult book and feel that the story will suffer without the explicit details. That is certainly not the case with The Hunger Games. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and after reading the positive reviews I decided to give it a go. I don't feel that the lack of sex or graphic violence hurts the story, even though the bulk of it is about an innately violent, viscious game. I also like it because it takes a bit of a different spin on the typical distopian novel, which I am generally fond of anyway. I listen to Audiobooks in the kitchen while cleaning and doing the dishes, and I am enjoying this book so much I keep finding more things to clean! All in all it is very good and entertaining. I didn't find it at all "sappy" like some of the other reviewers, but rather accurate in describing the types of fears and emotions one experiences as a teenager. The narrator is excellent as well. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
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