- 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: 32
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.
By Jack Heath 15 Jun 2012
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 Tan Siew Hui, Stella 12 May 2012
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 Wendy SEKULOFF 23 Apr 2012
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 Natalie Clydsdale 12 Apr 2012
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 Ruth Hill 08 Apr 2012
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!