Hunger Games Book - any good?

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DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 16:22:36

That's it really is it any good? It seems slightly teenagery rather than an adult book, is that the case?

I've not seen the film and don't want any plot spoilers please.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-May-13 16:24:17

Yes, it is a bit teenagery. I thought it was a good quick read though. I enjoyed it.

ThingummyBob Mon 13-May-13 16:25:47

Best books I read last year.

Set me off on a path of teen fiction grin

Maybe not the most well written books but the story is original and thought provoking imho.

DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 16:25:49

I'm not after war and peace as its what I read at night to keep me awake breast feeding but I am after something more sophisticated than, say, Harry Potter.

salcz Mon 13-May-13 16:31:07

I liked them. A bit more grown up than Harry.

musickeepsmesane Mon 13-May-13 16:32:46

it is worth a read

ThingummyBob Mon 13-May-13 16:38:32

I'd say they are perfect for you then Doodle grin

Interesting enough to keep you awake but not a great tome you need to be 'in the mood for'.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-May-13 16:39:30

They're perfect for dipping into when you're too tired to really concentrate but but need something gripping enough to keep you awake. Order it from the library so you don't have to fork out for something you might not enjoy.

sooperdooper Mon 13-May-13 16:41:02

Yes, they are a bit teenagery but I loved them all the same, much better than the film imo and generally a really good read.

DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 17:04:54

Sounds good. I've recently got a kindle and am going through books at a lightening rate due to the amount of time I am spending reading!

It's proving hard to find light but interesting reads that aren't purely romance. At the pace I've been going I could well be back tomorrow night with my opinion on this book!

DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 17:50:02

Thank you everyone for your comments.

Awks Mon 13-May-13 17:51:40

I read all three last year on holiday. They were brilliant

DuchessofMalfi Mon 13-May-13 17:55:26

I loved the first one. It was gripping, but didn't find the second one quite so good. The third one I wasn't keen on at all. But, on the whole, I think they are worth reading. Hope you enjoy them Doodle smile

DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 17:55:47

I've downloaded the first without thinking to ask do the stories standalone or will I need to read all three? Not that it matters that much if I like them as I need lots of reading at the moment thanks to the large selection of early hours my baby DD is treating us to!

rubyslippers Mon 13-May-13 17:56:42

the first one is brilliant

second one is less so and third one is half read

i would recommend - i think i made the mistake of reading them one after the other so had "fatigue"

DoodleAlley Mon 13-May-13 17:59:00

That's interesting thanks. I would have automatically read one after the other if I hadn't been warned.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 13-May-13 18:20:51

Definitely I'd say the first one could be read as a stand alone novel. You don't need to read the other two if you don't want to. I probably should have left it at the first one, which is brilliant like rubyslippers says.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 13-May-13 18:23:49

The first one is just amazing. Enjoyed the second one but found myself getting through the third just to find out what happens in the end.

I would completely recommend the first one though!

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 02:36:02

Oh why didn't you tell me it was so addictive!

I can't put it down and need to go back to sleep!

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 03:16:41

Oh why didn't you tell me it was so addictive!

I can't put it down and need to go back to sleep!

BrienneOfTarth Tue 14-May-13 04:35:55

I really enjoyed them - way more than the film which I found a bit "meh". But yes, you cannot go back to sleep until you've got to the end. sorry.

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 07:02:21

It's fine, DD took a while to settle around 4am and I'm a fast reader. According to my kindle I'm 83% through but I don't think I'll get a chance to read again for a while as DS will be waking shortly!

AViewFromTheFridge Tue 14-May-13 07:05:06

Agree with everyone - thought the first one was brilliant! When a book moves you to tears by page 25, you know it's good. Was disappointed by others but would probably still read them...just to know.

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 07:36:14

Ok I've finished it, just in time!

Really enjoyed it but probably a bit too addictive at night time!

I am very tempted by the second one but if I get it now I'll lose the rest of the day so I think I'll have a break from them as suggested by other posters.

Thanks for all your comments and recommendations folks

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 08:51:27

Have you ever read 1984 OP?

They are quite an easy read, but still worth reading. I found the second half of the third book quite disturbing in content.

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 09:43:07

Only part of it when I was younger valium.

I'm not sure I can handle anymore tension today! But it's a good suggestion.

I was going to change the pace and re-read to kill a mockingbird but really frustratingly there isn't a kindle edition.

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 10:01:34

Or Brave New World. I can't wait for ds to be just a bit older and read 1984 and BNW as he loved The Hunger Games and we discussed the books for days after <yawn> wink

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 10:11:47

I'd heard BNW was on a similar theme.

I think maybe I need a slightly more relaxing book next time - I can't afford to keep going through a book a night!

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 10:20:20

I have a shocking Kindle habit, I have never read so much in my life since getting one!

DoodleAlley Tue 14-May-13 10:34:00

I didn't think about the cost after I bought a kindle. Got it to help me stay awake during night feeds. But I do need to branch out to new authors to make it worthwhile. And keep me awake.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 14-May-13 10:36:23

The first one was an easy read. The second and third were tiresome and dull IMO. Good premise for a story but not well told iykwim.

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 10:50:58

I agree get they just bored me but they aren't for adults they are written for older children. Mind you, I didn't get the whole Harry Potter thing either.

KittenofDoom Tue 14-May-13 13:18:08

I enjoyed the first one, but have abandoned the second one. I think the first one was a complete story in itself, then publishers' greed forced a trilogy out of it.

Try Stephen King's novellas "The Long Walk" and "The Running Man", similar kind of premise.

kittykat10 Tue 14-May-13 13:33:54

i really enjoyed the 2nd one read it in 2 days , i didnt get on woith the first but had the 2nd one in my car when i went away and loved it struggling a bit with the 3rd

UseHerName Tue 14-May-13 20:03:16

readable - just as long as you bear in mind that they are written for young adults

KittenofDoom Tue 14-May-13 20:35:49

readable - just as long as you bear in mind that they are written for young adults

I don't understand this kind of remark. I've no idea why certain books are designated as being for "young adults" - I was devouring books like THG when I was 8 or 9 years old and enjoyed it just as much at my present advanced age blush. But I have cheerfully lowbrow tastes.

UseHerName Tue 14-May-13 20:38:46

I agree KittenofDoom - reading 'Flowers in the Attic' much to my mother's disgust grin

I just meant they're commonly referred to as 'young adult fiction'

KittenofDoom Tue 14-May-13 21:52:25

But why? What are the criteria?

UseHerName Tue 14-May-13 22:08:23

oh I don't know confused

Mom268 Fri 17-May-13 16:52:27

I read it after my dd and even though it was a bit teenagery, was quick and still a good read smile

KittenofDoom Fri 17-May-13 17:24:16

By "teenagery", do you mean that the main protagonists are teenagers?

valiumredhead Sat 18-May-13 18:12:36

I expect teenagery means simple story line, easy to read and strung out over 3 books wink

marissab Sun 19-May-13 20:32:14

If you liked it but want something more adult, go for battle royale next. Similar story (i bet it was the inspiration for hg) but gory and gripping. Love it. But only if you like a bit of gore.

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