It is not unusual these days to find a book written for the young adult that has appeal to an older audience. Some of the best fiction these days is ..Show More »in the young adult genre. The Hunger Games falls into this category. Katniss and Peeta are District 12 children, aged 16, who are selected to participate in Panem's annual hunger games. 22 other tributes/contestants are also drawn - 12 boys and 12 girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The objective for the tributes is to be the last one standing. The objective of Panem is to remind all districts that they may not rebel against the Capitol. The book is about the games themselves. If the reader is looking for a fast paced, action driven, gory, bloody plot, this is not the book. The violence of the games is not masked by Collins, but she treats it in a PG13 way, alluding at certain events that cause the deaths of the tributes. After all, it is written for the PG13 audience, not for the mature adult. But certainly a young adult sees and hears far worse on the evening news. The action of the book is far more about strategy, problem solving, critical thinking, relationship building, and the wisdom, or not, of rebelling and why. These are the common themes that young adults face in the teenage years. But they are couched in a plot that contemporaries can relate to. This cleverly created book is well written with good character development. It is respectably read by McCormick and easy to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone and have purchased it and the sequel (the final book in the trilogy will be available in print 8/2010) for two young adults I know. I have also recommended it to my adult friends, who were quite puzzled by my droopy eyes all week as I stayed up until 2:30 or later in the mornings reading the book. Although they know I am a voracious reader, they recognized this as a highly unusual book that fully engaged my attention.
I assume you have read book 1, the Hunger Games, if not you need to start there.
I liked this almost as well as the first book. SC has a good..Show More » imagination and surprised me more then once. I did get quite irritated with the main characters' constant whiny attitude. I realize that a lot of teenagers are overly dramatic and whiny, but you would think as much as this girl has accomplished she would be more gung-ho. I would also think that as much killing she has done and bloodshed she has seen that she would be more mature for her age. I did think this book was more YA then the first.
If you like this book then I suggest that you listened to Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy". It is real life stories about people in North Korea, which strongly mirror the fictional world in Hunger Games. You may like it even more since, these are real stories.
I enjoyed this book and will be listening to the third book.
OF COURSE I HATE EVERYONE, MYSELF MOST. If you listened to the first two books and thought the gladiator games were so cool, but were a little ann..Show More »oyed with Katanis's whining all the time, and her personality or lack of, so was worried, could this be as good. The answer is, it could not. Katanis is now twice as whinny. It starts out as anti-war, putting down present day America for having wars. So to solve this problem they go to war. I also did not think that the capitol would be so stupid as to put Peter on TV live. It was never explained why he was not taped, so they could better control what was said. I was hesitant to get this, but it was recommend by someone I am following. If you are following me, I do not recommend this. Get the first two books, they are good, pass on this one.
The narrator was good and occasionally sounded like Barbra Walters.