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The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set Hardcover – Box set, August 24, 2010
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Praise for The Hunger Games series
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A People magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009
A Time Magazine Best Fiction Book of 2009
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009
A Kirkus Best Book of 2009
A 2009 BooklistEditors' Choice
"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." —Time Magazine
"Collins has joined J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." —Bloomberg.com
"Perfect pacing and electrifying world-building." —Booklist, starred review
"A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Forget Edward and Jacob... readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale?" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." —School Library Journal, starred review
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In the society that Suzanne Collins has exquisitely crafted, the districts are essentially broken down by their main source of commerce and lorded over by the oppressive capital city, and this type of televised violence and barbarity is considered totally normal and accepted for what it is, a grim reminder of darker days...
There's almost a creepy parallel here between how are own society is progressing and the influence that media and government have in our lives.
But enough of the doom/gloom thoughts. This is a wonderful read that nobody should pass up.
So onto the narrator, while Carolyn McCormick makes for a great narrator, her tones and inflections were great for other characters, she didn't make a good Katniss. She made Katniss sound too old, when she is just a teen! I really think that they should have cast someone a little younger sounding because Katniss came across as too jaded. She did make a great Effie though!!!
Despite this, I would still absolutely recommend the audio to people. This series is one of a kind and no matter which way you read it you will instantly love it!!!
This book much like the first reads like it was meant to be turned into a movie. After watching a part of the Hunger Games movie I can't say that I expect much in that direction. Although to be fair, that isn't the Authors fault.
A good read, but lacking in the depth the make it a great read. Which sometimes just what the Doctor Ordered.
I'm glad I did.
The books are great. I really am impressed and not due to the hype surrounding the movie and book series. The books are really well written. Suzanne Collins really expresses the mood of the characters in her writing. You feel the gloom and anxiety in "The Hunger Games" as if you are there. You just feel the mood of the books. Not many writers can do this. Hemingway is perhaps the master of this in his writing style, and these books are near perfect in expressing what the characters are feeling with very concise style.You simply feel the emotion of the books. It's hard to explain. Only the best writers can pull this off.
The pacing of the first book is just great. The story just flows. I never felt like putting the book down, in fact I finished it in a couple of days. I can see why the book has caught fire and will be devoured by hordes of readers. It is that good.