This is one of the best books and trilogies that I have ever read. I downloaded it based on a recommendation from someone and read it all in 1 day. The book eases you in quite gently by giving you a detailed overview of the characters and the issues that they have faced over some years. The pace then picks up when the characters are being chosen for the games and this is where the book really grips you. Once the characters are into the games the chapters are so descriptive that you could close your eyes and see every scene in your head. You are able to empathise with the characters and start to think about how you would react if you were put into this situation (surely thats what all good stories should do). Some parts of the book were quite graphic but that ok with me as it adds to the reader tension and adds to anticipation of the story. The pace of the film was very well structured as it becomes fast and intense then slower and more relaxed I enjoyed this as it stopped the action over-powering the story. The book is really well written and could have had young people or adults in mind.
I have also read the other 2 books and they are just as good, so I strongly recommend reading these as well.
I'm amazed by the ratings this book has been given. I don't want to completely slate it as by no means is it a poor story but I don't think the comments left here are a true reflection of what the story offers and in my next paragraph I will explain why it doesn't deserve 5 stars.
The Book appears to have a real lack of content. It fails to grasp the desperation the characters should be feeling and for some reason no real back story is given for any of the kids from the other eleven districts. The "violence" is fairly mild in comparison to other books that have similar idea's involving people being made to fight for survival but most importantly is that I never really cared for any of the characters and the actions that some of them take just don't seem to fit the profile or situation.
Having said all of the above I still do believe it's an entertaining read I just feel it could have done more to engage the reader.
It is blatantly a rip off of Battle Royale. The author states she came up with the idea whilst watching reality tv and a war documentary, but I don't believe this for a minute, she saw or read Battle Royale and thought the idea would work in a US format - it is practically the same story... After the apocalypse a totalitarian government maintains control of its people by killing children in a contest format.
But that said, it is still a great read, the characters are good and the action is pacy. Compared to Twilight rubbish, it is far better and the appeal is broader as I am not the target audience for this book, yet still thought it was a suitable adult read and a real page turner.
If you have nothing left to read after Potter and Vegitarian Vampires - you won't find better than this!
My daughter recommended these books to me and bought me them for christmas, picked the hunger games up, a couple of weeks ago and couldn't put it back down again! Really well written, addictive and exciting, I read the third book in 2 sessions and can't wait for the film!
The last time I read a book as quickly as this, was nearly 5 years ago when the last Harry Potter book was released. I had read the synopsis of the book online before picking it up and wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it (24 children killing each other off didn't exactly sound like my cup of tea). How wrong I was!!! The deaths were not at all gruesome and the ranges of emotions that the lead character goes through in this book have you gripped from the very start.
The details Collins goes into to discribe Panem is staggering and unlike some fantasy novels is actually believable.
Like all good writers, she keeps you guessing right up to the end. Cannot wait to get the next two so I can finish the series off.