My friends at school have been bugging me about the The Hunger Games for some time and eventually I gave up and decided to read it. What a good decision that was! Since I was too busy with schoolwork and other things I decided the easiest and quickest way for me to read it would be in audiobook form. The Hunger Games audiobook will be one of my favorite forms of entertainment for a long time to come, I can tell for sure. I won’t hesitate to re-listen it again at some point and since it’s easy to download every audiobook in my Audible library at any point, I’m not worried it’s going to get lost, deleted or something else – pretty neat. Now the actual review:
So, in case you don’t know, The Hunger Games is a young adult (YA) book written by Suzanne Collins. Actually it’s a trilogy but I’ll focus just on the first one in this review. The book is about a girl called Katniss Everdeen. She lives in one of the 12 districts of what seems like the remnants of the USA in the future. It’s basically a dystopian society where pretty much everybody that’s not in the Capitol lives in poverty and oppression.
It gets worse though – every year there’s the so called Reaping. A nation-wide televised spectacle where two tributes are chosen from every district and they have to take part in a last-man-standing type of fight called The Hunger Games. Pretty brutal stuff. It’s supposed to be a reminder to the general population that once rebelled not to do that ever again. So being the brave and kind soul that she is, Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games and the adventure begins.
I guess this is as far as I’ll go into the plot without spoiling it too much but trust me – you’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time. I liked how the characters were built. You’ll definetely find yourself having feelings towards each of them whether positive or negative but I don’t think you can stay indifferent while reading this book. The world itself is a pretty scary place and the games themselves are just sick. There’s not much gore or things like that but it’s just a tragic thing to think about.
I’m very happy I chose to get this as an audiobook! The narrator was in my opinion quite talented and portrayed Katniss and the other characters very well. It was like I watching a movie but without actually watching it if that makes any sense, haha.
If you’re like I was – still on the fence about reading The Hunger Games, just do it and you’ll not be sorry, I’m sure of it! I’ve even heard and read lots of good things about it from adults in case you think it’s just for kids. I’ve read somewhere that the plot is very similar to Battle Royal which I’ve not read, but that might also be good and worth checking out.
Not a lot more to say really, just get yourself a copy and listen!
By the way, I’ve found this blog where there’s another review and the audiobook can downloaded for free: