I'm a 49 year old reader and longtime audible books listener. I like a little of everything but really enjoy dark (Stephen King), taut (John Grisham) and classic stories (Steinbeck). I'm no "Harry Potter" fan though I respect the series and can see why many "adults" enjoy them.
I was a little hesitant to purchase this book because of the references to "young adult". I've read a couple of these before and have been none too impressed.
"The Hunger Games" caught my attention just recently. I had no idea what a phenomenon it has become. I literally just stumbled upon it while looking for a way to spend my credit. I thought the premise tantalizing.
I was not disappointed. What a terrific story. The characters are very lifelike and the situation they find themselves in does not seem as implausible as one might think given the steady decline of morals and our nation's perplexing fascination with Reality Television.
In fact, the "young adult" aspect of the book worked very well for me. I get bored with violence, sex and profanity that seems to pepper every "hit". It seems gratuitous in most cases. The subtle, young-adult-appropriate nature of these tools was refreshing and did not distract from a very tense, interesting and surprising page turner. I think this shows great talent. It's like the comedian who can make you bust a gut without resorting to blue humor. That is the hallmark of a true artist, imho.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not some right-wing moralist who rails against everything blue or unsavory. I love Tarantino movies, for instance, because he uses these tools with great artistic effect. I just find Colins restrained treatment of a plot that could have been very "ugly" refreshing and well done. Today is my Credit Day and I'm going straight from here to get the second novel in this trilogy. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.
I've been a life-long reader and long time Audible customer. I've never been compelled to write a review before this book.
It is -truly- a snapshot of life. With all it's absurdity, hilarity, sadness, poignancy, contradiction and discovery.
The characters are real. The challenges they encounter will resonate with all men (and, I'm sure, quite a few women). The cast and narration is top notch. The writing is a delight. Murray masterfully carries the Irish lilt onto the written page and there were several times where I thought "oh, he's a clever one with the turn of a phrase."
The first 2/3's of the book are hilarious and I was surprised by the change in tenor once the final 1/3 began. I shouldn't have been. After all, Skippy DOES die.
Kudos to Murray and the cast. They bring modern teenage life to bear in the harsh, unforgiving light of life and they don't pull any punches. Best book I've ever downloaded.
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