Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games Audiobook
Hunger games have been around for three quarters of a century. They were set up in a post-apocalyptic society located in North America, suppressing a revolt. They are now a very popular game in the ruling population layer where 24 randomly drawn teenagers have to compete against each other until only one remains.
Because of a fairly unfair selection method, the poorer you are, the more risk you have of being selected.
The book Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games Audiobook is clearly aimed at teenagers. Writes in the present tense, often in the first person, short sentences, simple and effective style. As for the controversy over the content, I have seen cartoons much more violent than the content of this text. Yes, teenagers have to kill each other to win a “game”, but the heroine will only seek to survive. Moreover, the descriptions of the killings, if they do not elude reality, are sufficiently well turned so that no feeling of disgust or morbid curiosity comes to put off the readership.
This heroine, this teenager so strong that she took charge of her family after the death of her father, supplanting her mother, is extremely endearing and the impromptu rule changes during the games will make it possible to magnify her so human side. A survivor, yes, but full of good feelings.
Emotion, feelings, noble gestures make it possible to counterbalance the rather hard idea of departure.
Action, adventure and a hint of reflection on totalitarian societies, poverty and inequalities make it possible to hook the reader to this novel which can be read in one go.
Great entertainment for teenagers who touched the adult that I am.
If you did not like the first volume (which is not my case), go your way, no need to attack the second, it’s in the same vein … We take the same and we start again .
Since the end of the first story, Katniss has had a peaceful relationship with her mother (logical continuation of her teenage crisis). Gale, too inconvenient as a relative, has become a “cousin”. She and Peeta are not lovers and she must re-enact the “comedy” of love to prove that she did not want to challenge the Capitol and thus fuel the risks of revolt in the districts.
At the beginning, we say to ourselves: “owl”, we will focus on the background, the establishment of the revolt and to lighten the story, develop the love triangle and the ambiguity of Katniss. Then finally, we quickly realize that the revolt is not ripe. This is only the second volume of a trilogy and we will have the right to a second game episode in the arena, with a big surprise (really?). the game, moreover, is different enough from the first to remain interesting.
Same fluid style, very accessible, very clean deaths, actions and feelings and an evolution of the general situation towards total revolt, which makes you want to read the last volume: Hunger Games, Volume 3: The revolt
For the downside, the book , for me, lacks a little sadism and darkness (given the background), but after all, we must not forget that we are in a youth setting.
District 12 no longer exists. Katniss is on her way to the 13th, along with some of her allies from the Clock Games. His family is safe. Peeta is a prisoner of the Capitol. Thus begins this third and final volume of the Hunger Games.
This time, no more hunger game. No more playing, it is war in all its atrocities, torture, bombing of civilians, acceptable losses, propaganda.
The author achieves the feat, for children’s literature, of not making the rebels too smooth, consensual. Sad reality, where each side, whether “nice” or “bad” (to simplify) can commit atrocities in the name of the end (who justifies the means?). But rest assured, the honor will be safe at the end.
The main characters are well done; full of psychological cracks, wounds to the soul, heart and body struggling to stay alive, both physically and morally.
The Katniss-Gale-Peeta triangle continues to function but does not disturb the tragic thread of the story.
A new facet of reality TV: Propaganda, where who controls the media, controls opinion.
Some caveats all the same. the style and the absence of certain descriptions leave us a little outside the more unpleasant aspects of the war. So few subjects are spared, they remain approached in a way a little too superficial in my opinion.
The organization of District 13 is not very credible, in its capacity to use and especially create high technology, for so many years, with its rigid, underground and clandestine military organization. It lacks explanations to be convinced of its viability.
It also lacks explanations on the political organization of the rebels and the resistant structures which will be able, in two phases three movements to return all the districts with the notable exception of the 2, “taken back in hand” or releases which we will not attend. moreover not.
But in the end, a very good page-turner, like volumes 1 and 2, which reads very quickly, logically concluding the trilogy. A fluid, simple and pleasant style.
A good moment of relaxation which opens the reflection on the war and its dark sides.