The first book is so gripping that I can't imagine not reading this second installment, but, although decent, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the first book. Katniss lacks the cleverness that got her through the first games and the plot contains too much same old same old to make it special.
I enjoyed the film version of this book and tried reading it a few years back but just couldn't get into it fully. I had a long car journey and decided to give the audio book a chance. I must say I was extremely pleased. Pullman and the cast really bring the story alive. It is one of the best read audio books I have ever listened to (and I've listened to a fair number). Every single voice was spot on. I highly recommend (but beware you will HAVE to get the next two books in the trilogy because there is no way you are going to be able to stop listening to this story).
The cast did an excellent job reading this story. Every voice was spot on. However, I didn't like this book nearly as well as The Northern Lights. There were aspects of it I really enjoyed but as a whole I found it less engaging and not nearly as satisfying. I think Pullman got a little too wrapped up in pushing his anti-religion view at the expense of the story.
I am 35 year old who loves writing & reading and listening to anything! But I do adore the classics, crime fiction and anything paranormal.
Please take time and a credit to listen to the first part of this very emotional and thought provoking, wonderful and intelligent work of fiction. I suspect some people will say it is like The Hunger Games or Divergent, well although they are all based in a post apocalyptic America and are put in the young adult range of literature, they are all very, very different and I give credit where it is due and The Darkest Minds is well up to standard with these other great titles and defiantly has its own unique agenda. I am a 34 year old woman and I read or listen to many books of various classifications, this is not just a book for teenagers in my opinion, it is a book for all and not only that it leaves you begging for more. In fact I liked it so much that I ordered the hardback version of book two as it is not available on audio yet, and I just can not wait to see what happens...guess I am a bit of a teenager after all!! x