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 Natasha Kosev 21 Mar 2012 5

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 Erica Nicholas 19 Mar 2012 5

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 ROSE LY 26 Feb 2012 4

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 Loren Wilkinson 23 Feb 2012 5

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 Ido Meerenstein 29 Jan 2012 5

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!