My friend just loaned me the Hunger Games books.....what can I expect? I know nothing but what's on the previews for the movies.
It's not what it sounds like... picture Twilight with a less violent violent Battle Royale and you have yourself Hunger Games. It was almost too awkward to read... also the first 3 quarters of the book take place before the actual Hunger Games and the last quarter of the book are half Hunger Games action and half romance.....
The Hunger Games Trilogy is rather good, all in all. The first book is nothing short of excellent, seeing as it pretty much manages to avoid all the romance tropes that could possibly be associated with it. The male love interest of the later books spends over half the book dying a rather unglorious way while the female lead is trying not to die in some really ugly way herself. The second book... well, that's when the tropes start. Katniss Everdeen has to pick between two completely featureless male characters and her heart is torn blahblahblah, oh and there's also a battle for the death going on. But you'll have to read the second one because otherwise the third one won't make any sense. And the third one is worth it as it puts a couple twists into the whole story that make book one look rather different again. And the ending is totally not what you expect.
All in all, read it. The books are relatively quick reads, so you're not wasting much time if you end up not liking them.
You'll get the best series ever. But definitely not a children's read, I don't know why they are advertised as such. I found the second and especially the third had really disturbing underlying themes.
The first wasn't even that bad... didn't most of the story take place in a cave? For some reason thats all I remember about that book.. that and the DRESS MADE OF FIRE! MUAHAHA... but seriously, the second and third were more adultish?
@TheWholeDamnShow: The cave is Katniss' and Peeta's hideout, seeing as Peeta is wounded and can't walk. The Dress made of Fire was very cheesy, but it didn't bother me as much as some of the excessive description of clothing in the second book (I blame that on the lack of plot that happens throughout most of Book #2). Besides, it's a sort of special-effects-show thing where the tributes show off the glory and flashiness of their homes to people who have never seen them and never will. And if you're from the shown-off district, you see the face of the person you know, all flashy and you're proud of them. From a propaganda-standpoint, it's actually really effective. So I could see that happening and looking pretty good at that as well.
Book #2 is a bit rubbish, but you'll need to read it to understand the third book, which kicks ass again. The first one still is the best, but the ending has quite some surprising elements in it and it doesn't end at all like you'd think.