rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really want to give this book 5 stars simply on the basis of being a really good read. I can’t quite justify it, so consider it a 4 3/4 star rating, since it is a compelling, entertaining and thought provoking experience. I kept looking for opportunities to listen to just a few more minutes.
The Hunger Games shows us a far future, where civilization as we know it has been destroyed. A new society has been set up. Each district has a well defined role, and all are kept under very tight reign by the government. One of the tools used to keep the people frightened and under control is the Hunger Games. Teens are picked by a lottery system for a fight to the death.
The book introduces us to Katniss, then follows her into the pomp of the Capital, then the horror of the Games.
I really enjoyed getting to know Katniss, and seeing the other characters through her eyes. The character is smart, tough, and able to do what needs to be done, taking care of her family after her father dies and her mother is crippled by depression. She is able to take her skills into the games, but also her compassion.
I was impressed how well the author walked the line of keeping the book exciting and compelling without it being icky or frightening.
I do have to say that parts of the book felt familiar. I’m not sure if this book will stick with me, or if I’ll want to reread this book when the sequel comes out in September. I can say I’ll be watching for the sequel, and quick to read it when it is released.