The Hunger Games (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Hunger Games Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature.
- Published: 03 July 2010
- Format: Paperback 374 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780439023528 ISBN 10: 0439023521
- Sales rank: 16
Reviews for The Hunger Games
Probably will be a classic one day
I think the Hunger Games will go down as one of those must-read books young people a 100 years from now will be assigned in school. It's more than just an action novel for teens. It has some very serious messages about society and dictatorships and how people treat each other. A real winner all the way round! by Tim B
Better than I expected
After I heard many people talking about it I decided to read the Hunger Games and I was only upset that I didn't read it sooner. It's a journey fulled with action, drama, romance, friendship... Until now, it the best dystopia book I've read!
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Thank you! :) by Brunaunder review
When I heard the synopsis of this story, I wasn't very interested. But I heard everyone so excited about this book, so I had to give it a try and it's amazing!! I couldn't put it down.
Suzanne Collins takes you on a roller coaster ride which is so exciting!
I love the maincharacter Katniss and the way she developes within the book.
I really felt for her and rooted for her throughout the whole story.
You have to read this book!!! by Myraunder review
Obviously a great book!!!
I heard of The Hunger Games 2 years before the movie, but I never considered reading it untill the movie (I know its horrible). But this is an awesome book! I loved it, full of action, and drama. If you haven't read this yet, you HAVE to! The truth is, the movie was injustice. It had like five hundred gaps, and if you watched it without reading the book first you were probably very confused. So read this book! It is awesome! by MisteryCatunder review
I loved this novel. Read it in a day. I bit intense if your young, but good for teens or older. First person point of view of Katniss. Great for understanding historical aspects, which the writer based it on. But overall great series! by Natalie Clearyunder review
I first got this book because of the upcoming movie. i havent seen the movie as of yet but the book is great. i couldnt put it down. i read from cover to cover in four days. great for teenagers. by Evanunder review
Originally reviewed on my blog: http://sikbookreviews.blogspot.ca
I decided to read The Hunger Games for obvious reasons...because everyone else was doing it, of course! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but to my surprise I fell in love. I love love love this book. Yes, it's a young adult book and, yes, I am an adult. But I don't care! The novel is written maturely and in a way which any reader of any age can (and will) enjoy it. Although Collins clearly intended the book for young adult/teenage audiences, it is very enjoyable for any age and any gender. My fiancé (male) loved it, my mother (late 50s) loved it, my sister (mid-30s) loved it, and I loved it!
The novel is narrated by a 16-year-old girl named Katniss. Although she is only 16, Katniss is mature beyond her years. This maturity is a result of her father's death and her mother's inability to cope with the loss of her husband. Katniss, therefore, has no choice but to take on the motherly role in the household and take care of her mother, her younger sister Prim, and herself. Due to this role, Katniss becomes very protective of her sister, even so much so that Prim does not get the chance to mature as much as maybe she should in this distopian world. The children need to be prepared for the possibility of their name being drawn once every year, in which they begin the journey of the Hunger Games. The Games were created by the powerful Capitol as a reminder not to create an uprising and to just follow orders from the Capitol. In the Games, there is only one survivor out of 24 kids aged 11-18! Turns out that Prim is chosen this year, but Katniss (holy crap!) steps in as her replacement. The reader is then taken through the terrifying journey of Katniss to and inside the Games.
The novel is very creative and takes the reader on a journey through many emotions, including fear, depression, anxiety, happiness, hope, and anger.
I very much enjoyed the characters throughout the story. Katniss...oh, how I adore you! I admire this 16-year-old character for so many reasons. She is very courageous and so strong throughout all the horrible things she must go through in her journey. Peeta, of course, is endearing. Peeta is a 16-year-old boy who has also had his name drawn to compete in the Hunger Games this year. We discover that this boy is going to be challenging for Katniss to bring herself to eventually kill (if she is to survive) because he pretty much saved her life when they were younger. And Gale (an 18-year-old boy who is best friends with Katniss) is Katniss's rock, and how can you not love a rock? The love triangle, however, is a bit cliché for my liking.
I still have reservations about the fact that 13-year-old kids are reading this book in school. Kids reading about kids killing kids...strange...
Another element that I found interesting and pretty dead-on was Collins's underlying comments (or, at least, what I think she was commenting) on today's society. In today's popular culture, so many of us are enveloped in watching reality television shows of all different types and genres. So, if there was really a hunger games in real life, would people watch it and cheer for and sponsor certain tributes while others are dying? I think Collins is saying that we would, or at least that it's a possibility.
Enough babbling about this fantastic book. I recommend that anyone and everyone should READ THIS BOOK! I promise, you will not want to put it down once you pick it up! It is so wonderfully intense. by Samunder review
More substance than the movie
There may be little point reviewing The Hunger Games. My readers usually fall into two categories - those who already love Suzanne Collins' mega-selling trilogy, and those who have consciously decided not to read it. But I would like to address a sub-section of the latter group: those who only saw the movie, but think they have experienced the story.
Don't get me wrong; it's a good movie. Convincing performances, a strong screenplay, et cetera. But the book was more than just plot and dialogue. The book was Katniss' hollow belly as the Capitol starved her and her family. The book was her mounting dread as she prepared for the Games, and her terror as she played them. The book was her grief and rage as good people were slaughtered around her for no reason at all. The book was her Mockingjay pin; not just what it looked like, but what it represented.
Film adaptations make the sights and sounds of a story much more real, but the themes and sensations are inevitably diluted to almost nothing. I have every reason to hate The Hunger Games - it completely overshadowed the US release of my own distopian action novel, The Lab - but even so, I'm urging you to read the trilogy. The movie is a fun way to spend a couple of hours, but only the book can make you understand what the fuss was about. by Jack Heathunder review
From the beginning till the end
It has been quite some time since I last read a book from the beginning till the end within hours. I had watched the movie prior to getting the book and the book filled up all the nagging details the movie couldn't condense into. The entire story was solely told in Katniss's point of view, allowing us into the battled mind of a teenage girl who fought for her sister. All in all, the author's work circulating around the survival of the fittest is a breath of fresh air.
Moving on to my second book later today. by Tan Siew Hui, Stellaunder review
Enjoyed by an Oldie!
I wondered what all this Hunger Games thing was. I hadn't even heard of it until I saw all the movie publicity, but working with teenagers, I thought I better see what it is about. Talk about thought provoking! It certainly does get you in. I will never look at reality TV the same. I have only read the first one, will wait for a bit before/if I try the others by Wendy SEKULOFFunder review