The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Book rating: 04 Paperback Hunger Games

By (author) Suzanne Collins

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Paperback | 374 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 213mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0439023521
  • ISBN 13: 9780439023528
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 36

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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. 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...

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Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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By Myra 14 Apr 2013 5

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 MisteryCat 25 Mar 2013 5

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 Natalie Cleary 23 Jul 2012 5

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 Evan 06 Jul 2012 5

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 Sam 25 Jun 2012 5

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.