The Hunger Games

Has anyone else read these books? I'm on book two now, and I am REALLY enjoying them. They are written at the young adult level, but I should mention that they are rather dark/violent - so read them first if you're thinking of letting your kid read them and are worried about that sort of thing (and they're a quick easy read - and awesome).

The basic premise is a kind of post apocolyptic setting in the future where one city (The capital) controls oppressed districts around what is left of the US. Each year, two kids from each district are chosen for The Hunger Games to survive/fight to the death in a very large contained ecosystem (arena?) that gamemasters have full control of. That's not the best description, and its VERY well done, but I don't want to say too much and give anything away.

I highly recommend them - I think the third book comes out this month.

Verileah 13 years ago
I picked up the first book and moved it to number three in the queue, so consider this a preview for an awesome review post soonish!
Vulash 13 years ago
I was really hoping you would! I think that you'll enjoy the lead female character, and I think it dodges many of the problems you have with females in leading roles (although she isn't terribly feminine, she isn't trying to be like a man). Book 3 comes out in 2 days!
Vulash 13 years ago
Dodges was a bad word
Verileah 13 years ago
I hear you. Looking forward to reading .
Lessa 13 years ago
This series is one of my son's favorites. He has been waiting for Mockingjay for months..
Verileah 13 years ago
I'm very glad I picked this up. I am, however, finding it difficult to say anything other than 'nurr it was awesome' without spoilers. So!

I thought this was very bravely written - I don't know how many YA publishers would allow this level of violence and death but this book certainly pushes the envelope. That they allowed the main characters to get -fucked up- like they did was pretty impressive. Sometimes I get frustrated when authors pull their punches - that was not a problem in this book.

Vulash, you totally got it right regarding the lead girl. Wonderfully rendered and, I thought, very feminine in her thinking, very easy to identify with. I actually enjoyed the romance - that was a fun part of the book, trying to determine what was real and what was staged. The action was very well done; nothing made my eyes glaze over. The whole book was very well paced and didn't waste any time.

When the 'rule change' occurred, I about set the book down I was so pissed. I was -so- looking forward to seeing how we were going to get out of this corner we were in, with the 'there can be only one'. That rule had been established from the very beginning and I felt something really awesome was going to have to happen, like a complete overhaul of the entire game or an overthrowing of the government or some shit, that when they just announced 'oh, we're changing the rules, la', it felt like a deus ex machina, which is cheating. Decided to keep reading in spite of that, though, because I just couldn't accept that a book this good would pull such a cheap stunt - I had to trust that they were going to fix this shit. And of course they did - I'm still kind of impressed by how well the author resolved that tricky dilemma. That was very well done.
Vulash 13 years ago
Book two shouldn't disappoint either. We just got book 3, and Krista is reading it. So far she says it is just as good as the first two (and a little more to say, but I'll wait just in case since you haven't read book 2)
Lessa 13 years ago
Tristan said the third isn't as good as the first two. I'll have to go steal them from his room I guess so I can see for myself.
Verileah 13 years ago
Book two seemed all too short . Also, I have misgivings about the love triangle. Dark misgivings *nods in a dark and mysterious way*.

But damn, still irresistibly good.
Blackrabbit 13 years ago
I just started reading this series and am super-enjoying it too. I'm a little annoyed that true to form, my favorite character dies. This, however, seems to happen in EVERY book I read no matter how insignificant OR vital the character I decide I like is. Sigh. I give up. I'm like the literary plague.

I mean I know the death toll in this book is outrageous, but in this case the person I liked best seemed like they were pretty innocuous and safe.

Aside from my Kiss of Doom being in full force though, once I started reading them these books were tough to put down.
pharren 13 years ago
Jennifer Lawrence apparently selected to play Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation. I still haven't read the books, but I was watching the news and saw the headline scroll across the bottom of the screen and thought others might be interested.

If this posts twice, it's because my internet is a piece of dog crap.

I don't think she's very interesting looking. She's pretty alright... pretty boring. Perhaps that's what the role calls for.
Verileah 13 years ago
I was hoping for the girl from true grit - the role calls for that look and acting ability.