The Hunger Games (Paperback)
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DescriptionSixteen-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. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...
- Published: 03 July 2010
- Format: Paperback 374 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780439023528 ISBN 10: 0439023521
- Sales rank: 26
Reviews for The Hunger Games
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 Heath
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, Stella
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 SEKULOFF
this is an amazing book no matter your age i couldn't stop reading and have just got on line and bought the next two and i really want to go see the movie now.. a great read by Natalie Clydsdale
I was hesitant about reading this book for well over a year because I was so certain I would not like it. It did not seem like "my kind" of book. But I read a number of reviews by book reviewers that I trusted, and I figured the time had come to read it when I happened to win a copy of it. And with the upcoming film, I knew it was now or never.
From the very beginning, I was drawn into this book like I very rarely am drawn into books. The writing style was impeccable, and the characters were incredibly well-crafted. It was also frightening when I realized that what was being spoken of could actually happen some time in the future.
I found that I repeatedly forgot where I was as I read (even when I was subbing in a classroom of students), and all I wanted to do was read this book and nothing else. I found myself thinking about the main characters and wanting to know what would happen in the story. I wanted to believe that the author would not allow the unthinkable to happen, but I wasn't sure. And I will tell you that the book does not end how you would like it to end, but it ends the way it should. If the author had chosen to end it differently, I don't think I would even be considering reading another book in the series. I wouldn't even think about it being part of a series.
I am absolutely "taken" with Suzanne Collins. She is one of the best authors I have read in recent times. I appreciate the fact that there was almost no profanity of any kind (only one word that I recall, and it was not even that bad). There is no sex (go figure--a YA book with no sex!). And she knows exactly how to keep you guessing. Although the science fiction, futuristic elements are there, everything makes sense. You aren't left wondering why thus and such happened--you know why! The action was mesmerizing, and the unexpected love story was absolute genius! She even has a sense of humor that comes out at exactly the right time.
This is a book that I can unequivocally recommend to anyone who enjoys reading fiction. It makes no difference if you like historical fiction, romance, science fiction, action, or an genre! This should be at the top of your TBR list if you have not read it!
One other thing I would like to add is to thank the author for such a positive message for young people (and everyone)even when dealing with such a dark topic. And the message is resonating with young people. As I read the book, I was asked by so many teenagers about the book. Many had read it and said how much they liked it. It is good to see an author write about a character who stayed true to what she believed and did not forsake her morals. She didn't let anyone change her! Thank you, Katniss! by Ruth Hill
So, despite the pressure I had been put under for the past year or two, I'd decided that I wasn't going to engage in the Hunger Games phenomenon, simply because I didn't think I'd be able to stand the gore.
But I finally succumbed, and upon picking up the novel, I found myself completely unable to put it down! The Hunger Games is absolutely amazing, and completely compelling - I'm so glad I made the decision to read the book before I go out to see the movie tomorrow! by Natasha Kosev
The Hunger Games gives us a very interesting glimpse into another world that could one day become our own. It is a dystopian Young Adult novel written in first person. Katniss, our heroine and narrator, dreads the Reaping every year. Living in the Seam all her life, she knows what hunger is and how horrible it can be to go without food. She breaks the rules though and hunts outside of the fence with her friend Gale. Both Kantiss and Gale have more than the required entry put into the Reaping every year because they need to get the food that extra entries give them. Their families depend on them to do so.
This is the first Reaping that Katniss' younger sister, Prim, has to take a part in. At the age of twelve you get one entry into the Reaping to be chosen for the Hunger Games. There are twelve districts on Panem that take part in these games, each has two tributes- a male and female. When you turn twelve it is the first year that you have a mandatory entry into the Reaping, but you can also opt for extra entries for grain and oil to last you for the year.
The worst thing in the world happens though at this year's Reaping ceremony. Prim has been chosen randomly out of the thousands of entries. Katniss obviously does not want this at all, so she volunteers herself and pushes Prim out of the way. Our other tribute, Peeta, has been chosen as well. And here we start the journey into the Hunger Games itself...
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. Dystopian novels are really becoming very popular, and because of that a lot of ideas are not as original. Although, don't get me wrong here, I love a good dystopian novel. Thankfully The Hunger Games was one, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I was more than sucked into this book, and did not want to put it down for one second!
The idea of taking two children from twelve different districts and pitting them against each other to the death was disturbing, but oddly fascinating at the same time. Collins does a great job at letting us look into the life of Katniss and we really get to figure out what she's all about. She is a very honorable and strong heroine, which I appreciate. I love strong women in my books, and it just makes this read even better!
There were many characters in this book that I fell in love with. I love Katniss for one, mostly because she's bad-ass. I also really loved Rue, she was so small and faerie like! Out of the boy tributes I really did enjoy Peeta, even though he was clueless with quite a few things.
Collins paints a very vivid environment that the tributes have to survive in. The animals that were made by the government in this book are very imaginative but also realistic. The mockingjay for instance, I could totally see that. Take a bird that sings really well, and mutate it so that it picks up on human words and songs. There you go, you have your very own spy!
Overall this book was very interesting, and I loved it! I can't wait to see the movie, and I also can't wait for my copy of Catching Fire to show up so I can continue the trilogy! by Erica Nicholas
Been a while since I stayed up past midnight to finish a book...
So I probably shouldn't be reading teenage fiction books but rather more sophisticated and adult themed novels but I just couldn't help myself. I saw the movie trailer and thought I better get to this book before it's release else I'll never end up reading them. And what a good decision that was. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, easy to read, action packed and before you really know it, you are almost half way through the book wanting to know what happens next. If you're a fan of the twilight saga, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. I'm looking forward to the getting started on the sequels. by ROSE LY
This is the first book in a long time that I have been unable to put down.
You genuinely need to know what happens next.
This series has instantly become a favourite of mine and I know that I will read it again and again.
Well worth having this on the bookshelf. by Loren Wilkinson
My opinion of The Hunger Games
Let's just say I finished that book about 3 hours after opening the book for the first time.
I think it's quite an eager thing for me to say, but it's definitely one of my most favorate book ever.
The writing is very pure and solid and the plot is suprisingly interesting: I actually feel like I'm Katniss at any point of the story, and I'm a boy.
I love it how Suzanne's used history and made an non-supernatural logical reason for the hunger games to exist.
I'm very eager to read the next one. Good job, Suzanne Collins! by Ido Meerenstein