My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Hunger Games is an action-packed thrill ride whose world is totally engrossing. It is fun young adult fare that can be enjoyed equally by adults. At the same time, it is a missed opportunity to further explore the dystopian world in which it is set.
Once you start reading The Hunger Games it is hard to put it down. The action is non-stop as Katness fights for survival in the arena. Katness is a strong female heroine that readers will really root for. She is smart and resourceful and willing to put her self in danger to help the people she cares about.
There is also a love triangle that will appeal to a lot of people. It’s kind of similar to Twilight, but Katness is a way more interesting heroine than Bella.
I found The Hunger Games to be a let down in one area. it begins to set up a great dystopian society for all of us dystopia/sci-fi fans, but it doesn’t explore it as well as it could. Katness spends most of her time in the arena, so the reader catches glimpses of the dystopia outside, and of course the Hunger Games themselves are a symptom of the dystopia, but we never delve into the deeper reasons behind it. Not that every young adult novel has to do this. I just thought it was a missed opportunity.
Bottom Line: The Hunger Games is a fast paced, engrossing read. Despite its missed opportunities, it’s a novel no one should miss out on.