Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hunger Games Trilogy

By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games was pretty good! Like every story where  the main character is a teenage girl, you have to expect lots of talk about feelings and some very G-rated  kissing scenes. There is plenty of gore to make up for it. It’s kind of written for a mixed crowd, she says she write the books for high school aged kids so they can think about their own lives and how to apply it, while still appealing to a broader audience.

If you have no idea what the Hunger Games are for some reason, the basic plot takes place in the not so distance future. The US (or world?, not clear to me) is called Panam and is broken up into several  districts. Each district is in charge of a different resource, which mostly goes to the district which is run by Jersey Shore & One Direction members. The districts are very poor, and lorded over by The Capitol. Each year one boy and one girl is chosen to fight to the death in an arena something similar to the Truman Show, except its basically wilderness and they know they are on TV. This all somehow reminds the districts how powerful The Capitol is and reminds them not to rebel again.

I listened to these audiobooks twice while at work, with about 5 years between. I enjoyed them on both occasions. The first book is the best, and if you never listen to the second two books you will be just as well off. The second book is interesting but not as much as the first, it’s somewhat of a remix of the first. The third book is very different. I felt like the third book was very scattered and theres a lot of standing around and talking about feelings and peoples back story. I do however feel like the third would make for a better movie than an audiobook. The ending? It was a pretty good ending, I won’t spoil it.

I will recommend you listen to this audiobook, if the movies haven’t ruined it for you. I actually don’t know if the movies are any good. I did watch the first one and thought it was ok, but had no interest in watching the other 2? or 3? Why was it made into 4 movies? These audiobooks definitely made my work days go pretty quick, even upon the second listen. 

Runtime: Aprx 35 hours

                                                                                          ★★☆ 4/5 Stars

                                                         Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Drama Action

Book to movie rating: B+?

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