This is a book with a futuristic plot.This future world (the US) is no longer recognisable by us. Even the animals have been genetically alterred. Divided into districts by the all powerful government -Games are held that make "Survivor" look like a kid show. But this is a kids game; the result of a lottery.
This was read very well by Carolyn McCormickand I hung onto every word of the story. Eventually I grew tired of the heroine Katniss. At the beginning she was a risk taker who defied rules by sneaking out to hunt. Necessary to keep her family fed. She volunteers to take her sisters place in the game. We all can identify with the teen up to a point. She never curses or damns the controllers of the game. She plays for the camera and the audience watching at home. She plays up a false relationship to get ahead in the game. With all the description of plants ,weather, sky and animal; we rarely delve into her thoughts of hatred for the game makers. I kept waiting for her to throw her fist up and shout "F*** You" I guess that old phrase has disappeared from our future. The ending is disappointing for me. More than just obviously open for another book.
Many of the descriptions in the book ae highly visual, which gives it the feel of a book written for the movies.
All in all entertaining until you get to the let down at the end.