Really is worth all the hype
I put off reading these books for ages because of the premise – in a dystopian society, children are picked to fight to the death while the rest of the world views it live as a reality TV show. I had a young child at that point, and it was all a bit raw even to consider kids killing each other. But this year, now that the world is looking darker in many ways, I thought it might actually be a comfort to read about a world a little worse than ours, so I gave it a go to see what the hype was about.
And it really is worth the hype – the trilogy is excellent. It’s Young Adult, so it’s fast-paced to hold the attention of a teenager, but really well-written, so that you are utterly absorbed in the world and keep having to read just one more chapter. It’s the first book since Ink by Alice Broadway (also a YA book) that I felt irritated by interruptions because I just had to finish it. I read all three in one week. Do yourself a favour and get them all.