The Hunger Games (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Hunger Games Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed
- Published: 01 August 2009
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781407109084 ISBN 10: 1407109081
- Sales rank: 220
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Reviews for The Hunger Games
Engaging, fast-paced, didn't want to put it down and I want more!
"...Stephen King's quote on the cover of the edition I have pretty much sums up my own thoughts about this book - I absolutely hated when I did have to put the book away for boarding and migrating between gates and terminals. The more I read, the more I needed to know what was about to happen next, and I was never disappointed. With books that end up with as much hype as The Hunger Games has, it's always a concern of mine that it won't live up to the praise, but Collins absolutely delivers with this one. I'm really bummed out that the other two books are sold out in the edition I need to match the one I have of this, because I don't want to wait to get more of the story. I love the unsettling world Collins has created in Panem, and the characters who inhabit it..."
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The Hunger Games- a fast-paced, action-packed novel that doesn't let you catch your breath for a single second. Go out get it and get ready to play, this is a must read!
The story is told from Katniss' point of view who has lived through many losses and deprivations, always knowing about the omnipresent danger of death. Her clear line of thoughts and rational analysis of situations are combined with flashbacks and personal memories. When it comes to the ones she loves, Katniss can't but fight what makes her the touch heroine we always wanted to read about. She is a very likeable protagonist because she is wild, loyal and true to her heart.
Our male protagonist Peeta, a quiet and inconspicuous character in the beginning, grows to new strengths in the arena.
It is Katniss' physical strength and her rational analysis and Peeta's empathy and big heart that make them a perfect team. I really enjoyed reading about Katniss and Peeta growing into a team while the other districts mostly fighting on their own, never trusting anyone. We are bound to district twelve, the home of our protagonists Peeta and Katniss and although we like them so much together, we already know there will only be one winner. One would think there is not a single second to give love room in an arena of death, but what would you say if allowing love and emotions was the only way to survive?
The idea of a world that is dominated by a small group of superiors, playing with the life of humans so easily is unbelievably cruel and abhorrent. Suzanne Collins created a dystopian novel that doesn't let you rest till the last page is turned, like you were in a race to win the Hunger Games yourself, never able to stop.
Despite its cruelty the Hunger Games appear as a fantastic idea and major element to produce a new kind of YA novel.
The thrill of the enemies getting closer, never knowing their exact position, always hiding, fighting supernatural powers and feeling the need to survive that must run through our protagonist, seems to be passed on to me and I couldn't wait to know what happens next.
The Hunger Games is told from a first person narrator and is written in present tense. I usually prefer stories written in past tense, but for The Hunger Games present tense works perfectly. The applied present tense expresses the unstoppability of current events. Like Katniss herself, I never knew what to expect next. A fight of life or death is best told from the present tense, the moment it's happening to realize its significance and danger at the same time.
So beside the overall more than thrilling storyline, this element of writing style contributes to establishing a highly successful novel.
24 tributes, 12 districts, 2 lovers and only 1 victor. In a fight of life or death, there is no way to slow down. The Hunger Games had me up all night.
Everybody enjoys a game with a good bet, so how could you resist a game as grand as The Hunger Games, a game with the most precious bet there could be- your life? Don't hesitate and join Katniss and Peeta in their battle against death and human nature itself! Start reading The Hunger Games and feel the adrenaline rushing through your body in unit with this electrifying novel! by MissPageTurner
Couldn't put it down!
I loved this book. It is a tale of adventure, thrill, horror, romance and more. The story is not predictable like so many adventure tales are and kept me hooked all of the way through. I have now read the whole trilogy and totally loved it. by Rachel Brownunder review
This book; though you have to try not to get too greatly disturbed by the "whole idea" (-the fact that young kids are being put into an arena to fight for the death), is a great book. It is the kind of book, that though quite simply written, captivates the essence of the world and the charcters around it.
It is truly the type of book you cannot put down and once you're finished - you rush to buy the next book! by Christineunder review
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Hungry for MORE
This book was insanely awesome. I bought it thinking 'eh why not' but once i started i found that i could not put it down, it was so good that i basically became a hermit as i did not leave my room until i had completed one two and three.
YOU WILL LOVE this book, there really is no doubt, it combines romance and thriller tendicies, but also adventure and even humour. It really was amazing!! by Bobbie Lennon
this is by far the most amazing book i have read in my life. I promise you will enjoy it!!!!! BUY IT NOW! by Dianne Gallunder review
You had me at page one!
This book is AMAZING, and with glowing reviews from Stephanie Meyer and Stephen King it is hard to not take notice. THE HUNGER GAMES is teenage fiction at its best, tackling issues that are important for teenage fiction, themes that make it more than just a story; it's a subtle comment on the world...without the preaching. Get swept up in this absorbing story that will have you from page one. The writing style is consistent and honest and while the topic of teenagers being pitted against one another in a fight to the death scenario had my eyebrows initially raised, it really came through and destroyed any doubts I had. I would class this as a stunning piece of crossover fiction: books that both teens and adults can enjoy and be totally move by. I know I was. by Sarah Grayunder review
Hungry for the hunger games!
This book is the most amazing book! It is captivating right from the start. This girl, Katniss, ends up going to 'The Hunger Games' where she must fight for her life. This book is very well written and I loved every bit of it. It's a must read for 12+ for Boys and Girls.
It is also a good family read! by Daisy Archibald
A Deadly Read
This book blew me away. It was one of those stories that you couldn't put down. The characters were created so well that they didn't seem artificial in the slightest. Each character reacted in their own unique way to the difficulties placed upon them, but none of them seemed dishonest. While I thought this story would be too brutal for me, it was written so frighteningly well that I couldn't avoid reading it.
The romantic presence in the book is also really well written. It isn't some amazing and tragic love story, but a REAL, honest love - including complications, trust issues, and confusion of feelings. This is definitely a young adult book that isn't just for young adults, but adults of the older persuasion as well. by Bethwyn