The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Another book that most people are probably very aware of, especially through the movies. I’m a big fan of the movies so was curious how close the book was. The answer: pretty close.

It moves fast and does a good job of setting up the world. A few more characters than the movies, mostly back in District 12 but the games itself are remarkable the same from what I remember.

I really liked that by the end Katniss is still playing the whole relationship thing as a strategy and still keeps doubting Peeta, thinking he’s doing the same. Apparently this kind of setup is pretty common in YA books but I’m not very well read in them so I find this somewhat original, there is the Running Man vibe to it but it all still feels refreshing. 

The action seems good and realistic, I like how Peeta nearly dies twice from cuts that in a lot of books people just get stitched up and are fine in a few days. I listened to this on audiobook and I’ll be honest I found the narrator’s voice for Katniss very annoying but it was good other than that. I know where the story is going from the movies but I’m still looking forward to it.

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