The Hunger Games
Young Adult Dystopian
Scholastic Audio Books
Audiobook | Hardbound
Los Angeles Public Library | Purchased
I don't know how to start reviewing this book at all! I have been putting off reading this book since - well, forever and I regret it! It was a few years ago when I started reading this book but did not finish it and last Christmas, I actually bought a hardbound set of the Trilogy. It wasn't until last week (YES LAST WEEK!) that I decided to try it in audiobook format. I wasn't disappointed.
Although I had seen the movie before, it hadn't ruined my reading Hunger Games. The book feels more raw than the movie ever did (movie review soon). I love Suzanne Collins' writing. The first person narration was not annoying to read and I love reading Katniss' thoughts.
Katniss Everdeen is a very unique heroine. I absolutely love her. And since I have read all three books, I love her all the more. Her multidimensional character is very unique, especially in the saturated YA genre with female heroines. In fact, I have never read about any YA heroine that can match her. I struggled with her and rooted for her throughout the Games.
Collins' world building is exceptional. She describes everything with great detail where I can imagine what everything looks like despite of seeing the movie first. All her characters are multidimensional, unique in their own way and very very different.
The Hunger Games is a masterpiece. 5 FREAKING hearts!
I also want to add that I do not like the cover. In fact, when I saw this at the bookstore, it did not make me want to pick it up! Maybe the book cover influenced my decision for not finishing it?
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick, I had a problem with the audiobook. For the first few chapters, I felt her narration was a little bit stiff and monotone which felt a little bit like she was reading to a child. Well, granting that this is a YA book, but still! The voices that she used for Prim and Effie where very annoying. I was able to tune out on the voices that she used after that and I was very glad that her narration did not turn me off from finishing the book!