What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!
So I downloaded this immediately after finishing Graceling. You do not need to read Graceling first and in fact this is really a precursor to Graceling. There is only 1 character that spans both books and it is more of an informational point rather than a focal part of the book.
I think this book was more of a romance than Graceling. It definitely had more mature themes throughout the book. There is a LOT of talk about her monthly cycle in this book as it has significance on some level but I think for younger boys this might be a bit much.
Again, Cashore spends a great deal of time dealing with her characters and so you learn much about them. That being said, at some points the plot takes a back seat to the development of the characters and their complex relationships.
I liked that there was no music and there was only one reader. It was much more enjoyable.
Overall a great listen!
So this is an enjoyable listen if you like fantasy with a bit of romance. I downloaded it based on peoples reviews that it was enjoyed by those who also like the Hunger Games Series, which I LOVED!
I like the way the author creates the characters and their relationships are a focal point of the narration. Her description of the background is not done to distraction. The story as well as the characters are believable. I found myself liking them and their stories.
That being said there are definitely some negatives. First of all is the music. It is awful and totally distracting. The multiple voices is interesting, not necessarily good or bad. Without giving much away, what you think is going to be the most dramatic part in the book is SOOOO anticlimactic it is not funny. I think the much ado about the "sex scene" is silly. If your teen is reading this they have heard far worse on the bus or watching most main stream movies. Nothing is described in detail.
I liked it enough to immediately download Fire, which I think is the better of the 2 books but I think more appropriate for either older teens or girls.
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