Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games (2008)
Hit dystopian roman - and now film - du jour, The Hunger Games left me rather cold. It seemed so derivative from other stories. Also a lot of squirrels died. Can't like that. And I like a strong female protagonist, but you can keep the uncomfortable teen romance. A gift for present tense fans: it was indefatigably in the first person present tense. It wasn't a bad book; it just wasn't for me. I worry that this is a sign of grumpy old age. ;-)
This would be great though (more utopian than dystopian):
Instead of struggling with the knots in my wet hair, I merely place my hand on a box that sends a current through my scalp, untangling, parting and drying my hair almost instantly. It floats down around my shoulders in a glossy curtain.
Rating: 3/5. Unusually, for me, I can resist the urge to finish the series.
If you liked this... it did make me go and watch Arnie in The Running Man (1987) again. Classic. I had no idea the work on which it was based was written by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman ).