The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Book rating: 05 Paperback Hunger Games Trilogy

By (author) Suzanne Collins

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  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 32mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1407109081
  • ISBN 13: 9781407109084
  • Sales rank: 366

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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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By TheBookWorm123 04 Jul 2014 5

The Hunger Games is a really enjoyable and awesome book. The action is fast paced and realistic (also gory) just how it should be. I loved the writing and seeing things from Katniss' point of view. It was a pulse pounding, nail biting all around awesome book. This is my second favourite in the series. Also, adults, just because children fight each other in an arena, doesn't mean it's inappropriate for children.
I give The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 4.5 out of 5 stars.

By Aria 30 May 2013 5

This book is perfect from any angle, from the way Collins wrote down Katniss' point of views it's just so real. It also has the perfect simmer of romance and adventure that go amazing together. It's fast pased and full of action when I read it I couldn't stop reading and re-reading it.

By Colleen 20 Mar 2012 5

"...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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By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

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 Rachel Brown 01 Aug 2011 5

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.

Editorial reviews

Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers - a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)