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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

SCHOLASTIC INC | June 18, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Hunger Games is rated 4.7429 out of 5 by 280.
Now in paperback, the book no one can stop talking about . . .

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.74 in

Published: June 18, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439023521

ISBN - 13: 9780439023528

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgettable Story Could you kill a human being? Could you kill 23 of them? What if you had no choice? For the last few days, you?ve been training mentally and physically in the Capitol for the Hunger Games. Living in the poor mining community of District 12, your mouth waters every time you breathe the lovely smells of savoury soups, fresh breads, fragrance fruits, and sweet desserts. It has been ages since you?ve scrubbed away the dirt and the grime from your skin with hot water and soap, and dressed in clean clothes. You are treated like royalty, but then you remember tomorrow they send you into the arena. Will you kill for survival or die to keep your morals? Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/review-the-hunger-games/
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hunger Games I have just finished reading the book "The Hunger Games". I really enjoyed this book and was not able to put it down and stop reading. I found this book had a lot of action, suspense, and was very exciting. One difference I really thought they should have put in the movie was when Katniss (the main character), talked about her life back home in district twelve. This happened when both her and Peeta were in the cave. I thought this because for a person who has not read this book will be able to get to know about her family life and how much Katniss loves them. ( her mom, little sister Prim, and her dad before he died). Emotion: I would say the most one of the most emotional parts in both the book and movie was when Rue die`s. I think this because Katniss sees her little sister Prim in her, and when she died it not only broke Katniss but also affected the reader\audience seeing her die. Anger: I think the the part when Katniss got really mad was in the first day of the games when she found out Peeta is helping the other team find her. Confused: The part when Katniss was confused was when Peeta told her to run away after droping the nest of tracker jackers on the group that was trying to kill her. I know this because she thought he was against her. Climax: There are many parts of the movie that kept me at edge of the seat. Especially the action parts during the games. In my opinion the climax moment was when Cato (the strongest tribute) grabbed Peeta. This is true because if she shot him Peeta would fall down too.  Shock: The most shocking part of the book was when the game makers took back the rule of two winners from the same district. This was shocking because they both loved each other and couldn't live without each other. Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.        
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Astonishingly Powerful" What a great dystopian tale about a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen who goes in to fight to the death. With tons of action and endless possibilities, the world of Panem creates a huge generation of a new type of classic novels. The characters are insanely powerful and believable. TheBookReviewer
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hunger games This book is by far the best book i have ever read! It is everything you would hope for in an action packed book. The book is extreamly exiting, intense and tons of action. On a scale from 1-5 i would give it a 5 because i love fiction books with action. I would definitely recommend this book to all ages because it has complexity and suspense that would make both the young and the old readers coming back to read more. But i would say for this book it would be 10 and older because of their reading level and the killing.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Is The Hunger Games Really That Good? ‘The Hunger Games’ is an action-packed, adventurous, well-detailed book that I recommend for people at least 10. This book may be mature for younger readers but otherwise, its such an amazing book to read! Its so emotional at parts and breathtaking at others, and leaves cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, forcing you to continue reading. This book is about 16 year old, Katniss Everdeen who volunteers for taking her sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games, where 24 tributes are forced to fight to the death for the Capitol’s entertainment. This book includes action, adventure, drama, romance, sci-fi, and much more, so it has something for everyone. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great =] The hunger games, lots of people said it is very interesting book. Before I borrow this book at the library, I read reviews and those made me to read this the book more. I like the character of Katniss. She doesn't give up under any circumstances, and she never loses her mind to survive. But I feel rather uncomfortable while I was reading this. 24 teenagers have to kill each other to survive in the hunger game every year, just because of the dictatorial government by Capitol. And also this book made me to think a lot of things. Because story reflects our society such as the wealth disparity from the authority, and human cruelty. I read this just for fun at first, but I learned something from this book at the end. The hunger games is best novel! This book is interesting and, what is more, very instructive. It's not only for teenagers!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh, God, No. I'm so sorry, but I did not like this entire series (and I did read all three books). I may get some flack after saying this, but it is just one lady's opinion; I found Katniss infuriating, I couldn't stand her character and through each book I detested her more so. Also, I felt as though the author had a page quota that she had to meet, hence the four page description on SOUP or perhaps the outfits or makeovers (that Katniss didn't care about, but that didn't mean we didn't have to hear about it in page after page of painful detail). In anycase, if you want a poorly written, fast paced plot driven series than THESE are the books for you. I, personally, like a little more depth to the characters I read about.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic setting I absolutely love the idea that this book set in the future but seems almost primitive in the way that they must live and that they are enslaved. Also, Katniss is a wonderful heroine. The love triangle is very interesting as she does not know what is real and what is not and tries to keep herself from getting hurt. Overall great book.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action-packed novel! I am a homeschooling student and I recieved this book as a birthday present. I started reading it and immediately loved it! There is lots of action going on, and you can follow the main character, Katniss, as she journeys through physical and emotional struggles, competing to survive the Hunger Games. She plays out her relationship with Peeta, a fellow tribute well, and they claim the title of "star-crossed lovers." The suspense, romance and adventure grabbed me, and I am now now on to reading the second book, Catching Fire, and I cannot wait to post a review on that! On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 10! This book is great!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Think you're "too old" for this? Think again! I didn't think I'd like this book. To be honest, I didn't even want to like this book. But once I started, I couldn't put it down. Actually, I couldn't put it down until the end of the 3rd book of the triology. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in a well written series with a great story, intelligent writing, emotional connections with characters, political and social allusions, action, sensitivity, drama, suspense, romance, etc. etc. etc. It really does have it all.
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from YA deserves better than this. It is not my style to hate books, but I most certainly hated this one. I often find it frustrating when a popular book (Harry Potter, Twilight, 50 Shades) gets bad press because at least people are reading, as well as thinking about and talking about what they've read. I feel very strongly about Young Adult fiction. I have witnessed the thrill of seeing a kid's reaction to, say, Holes or The Giver or Harry Potter. This book does not deserve that. I'll repeat: I absolutely hated this novel. I hate that it exists, and it had nothing to do with its popularity. If something is popular (Potter again), I think I'm fairly good at judging it for its own merits. The Hunger Games has none. It is a video game, told on pages. It is hopelessly violent, poorly-written, lacking in any of the moral diellemmas that the setting calls for. Go somewhere, kill something, get a prize. Repeat. Collins stops just short of giving Katniss a Level Up. I know I am in the minority, and when I express my disdain for The Hunger Games, I often am told that it gets better in the second book. In what world do you read the sequel to a book you hated? A low, low ebb for YA fiction.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Grabbed my attetion from the get go. Not crazy about ghe voice reading though.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good "Orwellian" type of adventures My daughter made me read these books. I really liked them and now I want more...unfortunately there's only three books.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Read The Hunger Games was an exceptional read for the teenage generation, filled with suspense and drama that kept me enticed and wanting to read more. The novel was very authentic, and had many themes—romance, violence, suspense, to name a few—which kept the reader immersed in the universe that Susanne Collins built for the audience. I loved the speed of this novel, especially when we got to “The Games”. The author did a good job providing just enough back story before the reader entered the arena where the tribunes were to fight for their death. However, there were a few things I didn’t like about the novel. There we too many conveniences for the main character, Katniss, throughout the games. In particular she happened to find the bees nest to drop on her competition, freeing her from her death and when she needed medicine, the sponsors dropped a parcel to heal Peeta. I found those things were too convenient and when instances occurred, just in the nick of time everything was solved. Overall, this book was a great read!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay, I liked this book. I did not love it. I think the hype of the movie and everything else drowned out exactly how good the book was. It starts off with young Catniss Everdeen who is part of District 12 – the coal mining district. There are many districts circling around the Capitol. In order for her family to survice the hard times they are facing, Catniss has to go out of the barrier of their District and hunt in the woods. She knows she will be executed if found, but risks it anyway. She is the only one who can keep her family alive. She would do whatever it takes to protect them. She does not hunt alone though. Her friend Gale accompanies her the entire time. Many years ago a rebellion picked up and all the Districts went against the Capitol. No one was happy with the poor living conditions they had while the Capitol was flourishing. The Capitol surpassed them and since the Districts decided the uproar the Capitol punished them by enforcing the Hunger Games. Every year two names, male and female, get picked out of a big ball and those two lucky contestants get to enter the Hunger Games. Every other district has to do the same. Only, they aren’t really the lucky ones who get picked. These individuals have to compete in an unknown arena and battle it out for their lives. The one survivor is the winner and their prize is, well, basically their life. Their District also gets supplies to last them a year. I think the one main reason I didn’t really like this book was because it was predictable. I knew everything that was going to happen. There is no real surprise. I felt tears forming at the part where Catniss was singing to Rue. That was the part that brought out the most emotion from me. Other than that, nothing really stayed with me. The book was fast paced which I like, but there is just something about scenery that I love in books and to have basically the majority of a book in a forest just didn’t cut it for me. I will go watch the movie, but I already heard the book is better. So I don’t know what to expect now. We will see. Off to the next book now! I watched the movie for this book and it was everything that I expected. I literally loved every scene that they showed. It was exactly how I pictured it in the book. Even though it made me a bit dizzy with all the fighting scenes, it was definitely worth it. I would see it again and again. I can't wait for the other two to come out. This movie is a HUGE reccommendation even though you haven't read the book!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great this book is one of the best books i've read, this book as you may already know this book is in hype right now, i can see why, when i read this book i couldn't even think about putting this book down, every word i read got my adrenalyn pumping, it get me excited everytime is read the next page because im excited to see what was going to happen next, the way it was written was amazing and very detailed. after i was done reading the first book i wanted to read the second trilogy as soon as possible. This book was a really amazing book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Totally unexpected. Really enjoyed it. Had just the right enough of fantasy to keep it captivating. Enjoyed it as an audio book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was such an amazing book. It was suspenful because of the action, and strange twists. At the end i felt very uplifted because of how well it ended. At first it was very sad because of how the protagonist was living in such a discomforting setting. It is a great rags to riches like story because, of how the underdog made proud of her followers, and you feel like one of her supporters. The book was very good at describing the situation, theme, and scenery. And since this was a science fiction novel it felt like you could understand the world beyond your imagination. This was such a great novel and, I highly recommend purchasing this book to whoever is reading this.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Words can not even describe how much I love this book. At first I was skeptical about reading a book so high in popularity, but I'm not exactly sure why. I decided to buy the first book only, just to check it out and I'm SO glad that I did. I can't wait to get my hands on the other two books. This was a very successful idea on Suzanne's part.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! I thought the movie was good, but once I read the book I was just blown away by how well written it was and it even had some stuff the movie didnt have which made it even better.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This book was my absolute favourite book I coulld not put it down I would recomend this book to everyone because I never thought I would like a book like this and I absolutely fell in love please check out my blog at KatieBookworm.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Such A Good Book I Think This Is The Best Book I've Ever Read It Is Such A Good Book It Does Have Some Gore But It A Good Book For People 10 To 60 To Tell People The Truth I Am Only 10 Yeats Old And My Mom Didnt Even Want Me To Read It. She Said Its 2 Violent she hated it i bagged here to read it she finaly gave in and let me.I Read It In About 3 Days And She Said How Was It I Said Find Out 2 weeks later she read it and thought it was great Same Here.The Hunger Games is About The 74 annual Hunger Games. there's 12 districts 2 people from each district get pict To Fight To The Death Against 24 people in all.Its About A Girl From District 12 the poorest one of all and she hunts really good with her bow.her Sister Prim Gets Chose And she's only 12 she volunteers for her what adventures will she have in the arena.Dont Know Well I Do But You Can Find Out.So If U Dont Want Your Kids To Read This Book Suck It Up And Deal with it And Let Them.If You Dont You will regret it.111111111111111111111111111111111111
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting Despite my dislike for science fiction books, The Hunger Games completely blew me away. The first page already grabbed my attention. Not only do you get a good imagery of the setting including the descriptions of nature, the conflict is amazingly written as well as the emotions that it can make one feel. Read it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Katniss Everdeen is a teenager living in District 12 of a land once known as North America, now known as Panem. The Capitol runs the land, surrounded by 12 districts and an area where the 13th was but was obliterated when an uprising occurred. As part of the punishment for the districts rebelling, every year a Hunger Games is held where two teens from each district are selected as tributes to compete in a gruesome game to last person standing. Each tribute is tasked with killing the others until they is only one left and it is televised for all to see. When Katniss' younger sister Prim's name is pulled to join the Games, Katniss volunteers to go in her place. Peeta, the baker's son, is picked to go with her and he has had a crush on Katniss for a very long time. The two play up the lovers angle trying to get sympathy from viewers because gifts can be given during the Games. When thrown in to the Games, the two require a lot of strength, courage, and determination to get through one of the worst experiences of their lives and make sure they come out alive. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down at night because I needed to know what was going to happen to Katniss and Peeta at the end of the book. I was continuously surprised that there wasn't more anger from all of the tributes at being thrown in to this situation by the Capitol and the parents of the tributes didn't seem to care much either. The Games have been going on for over 70 years, why wasn't there another uprising to stop their kids from being slaughtered? I really enjoyed Katniss as a character. She's just what young girls need as a literary character to look up to. I'm sure this will make a great movie.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Books I've EVER Read At the start of the book it was very slow paced but, as soon as she stepped int o the area it was pure action I could barley put it down I would deffinately recomend this to any body
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible!! One of the worse books I have ever read!!! Pointless, boring and violent. Kids killing kids?? I don't get the appeal.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book. I couldn't put it down once I started it. I found myself trying to read as fast as I possibly could, just so I could find out what happens next faster.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad This book is pretty fast paced and makes for a quick light read. It's part one of three so the adventure doesn't end here. However, although it was a great book and has wonderful characters, some you will quickly fall in love with and some you will automatically dislike, I don't see how it can be compared with Harry Potter?!? I mean come on, this trilogy is NOTHING like Harry Potter. J.K Rowling has created a world that you can read about over and over and never get bored but honeslty aside from Mockingjay, I dont think I would read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire more than twice. Saying that, I really really do love the descriptions and the characters. Gale is my absolute favourite.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel worth the read The story line of "The Hunger Games" is something I have not read before. I had watched the movie before reading the novel. Even though the movie was fantastic, the novel details the characters and events vividly. Suzanne Collins has really written a piece of incredible imagination.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! One of the best books I've read yet! If you wanna read a little more about it before buying you can find a review here: http://www.pslibrary.com/?p=1432
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not for young kids! Parents, please READ this book before allowing your 8-10 years old to. This book deals with so many traumatic concepts that are beyond the cognitive development of most kids in elementary school, and for the few that can totally grasp it, there still needs to be some deconstructing. This book is 1984 meets lord of the flies wrapped up in survivor. It's clearly a bit of a commentary on reality tv and it's not hard to see the influences of a certain Japanese series called "Battle Royale" Make no mistake, The book is VERY engaging, quick paced, interesting but Katniss comes off a bit 2 dimensional. She's the reluctant hero, and that's about it. Sort of believes she always forced into her positions- and it gets redundant. Peeta is the same way, though his character goes through quite a change later on in the series that wakes it up a bit and develops him a bit more beyond the love sick puppy. I do keep waiting for her to sort of wake up and be the hero and more of a protagonist, but at least in this book, she doesnt. The concept of the games is quite terrifying, and you'll be reading through the chapters well into the wee hours of the morning. Every chapter is a cliff hanger so it keeps you motivated. For that reason, and the concepts the book touches on it would be great for book clubs and teaching in the high school possibly junior high level. Worth the hype for the most part.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I finish this book last week and the story was really good and different that is why i love it so much. i also saw the movie it was amazing it actually follow the book. My favorite character are Katniss and Peeta, i just love their personality. if you want to read something very different and set in the future this is the book for you to read.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooooooooo AMAZING! Everyone should read this book. Not only is it exciting and suspenseful, but it's eye opening to the fact that we have to stop war or North America might turn out like how it is in the book. Which isn't nice. The movie was done very well including most things, being two hours and twenty-two minutes. A definite must read!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good! I hadn't read the book before watching the movie (which I normally do) so I absolutely had to read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it...original concept...made me wonder about current events and perhaps how this book may not be far fetched (food shortage, war, reality TV).
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention grabber couldn’t put it down! The Hunger Games was a novel I could not put down. This themed fiction deals with such ideas as humanity, government, family relations, manipulation, love, wealth vs. poverty, will to survive, trust, teamwork, determination, use of knowledge, morals and values, and control, all in a contrived environment where they must fight the conditions and each other to stay alive. It’s a story seen through the eyes of Katniss who volunteer’s herself for the 74th Hunger Games to take the place of her younger sister Prim. As she is thrown into the spot light Katniss must gain the attention of the public to gather sponsors who will help her survive the hunger games. All eyes are fixated on her as all the perceived odds are against her. Being from district 12, these competitors usually never make it out alive.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Such a great book, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is outstanding. Original idea. Once you pick this book up you can not put it down. The danger, love and killing makes it a unisex book. The romance to appeal to the women and the action to appeal to the men. Over all the book has the detail and the heart for it to be a true story. The only thing that makes it not so real is that it is in the future. So Katniss is an amazing character she is the most appealing thing about the book. She is strong by caring for her family...going hunting everyday in the woods even though it is illegal. She also puts her name in extra time for the reaping so that she can get more food for her family. Her dad died so the burden fell on her when her mom blacked-out. When her sister gets called she bravely volunteers to be the female tribute for district 12 in the 74th annual hunger games. The conflict in this book fill make you drop your mouth.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining Even though this book is written for a younger demographic than the one I fall into, I still enjoyed it. It was able to capture me and really pull me into the story.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put this book down!! for me, i'm a very picky reader. but i can tell you now, you will NOT be disappointed! i won't summarize this book but i will warn you now: 1. there is a reason this book is rated 12+ and i can see why. violence is the main thing but there is others. 2. it IS a depressing story. more squimish readers should steer away form this book. 3. there is also a big romance story-line, as well. i was caught off gaurd by it but i will just tell you. overall i would definitly suggest this boook to any of my friends and would read it again if my close friend wasn't borrowing it!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put this book down!! for me, i'm a very picky reader. but i can tell you now, you will NOT be disappointed! i won't summarize this book but i will warn you now: 1. there is a reason this book is rated 12+ and i can see why. violence is the main thing but there is others. 2. it IS a depressing story. more squimish readers should steer away form this book. 3. there is also a big romance story-line, as well. i was caught off gaurd by it but i will just tell you. overall i would definitly suggest this boook to any of my friends and would read it again if my close friend wasn't borrowing it!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated out of 5 by from "reading it once is never enough" read the hunger games a few weeks ago, but it was so intense and mind blowing that i was soaring through the book. i have a first review below, but i've decided to truly do justice to this amazing book. you must read it a second time to full absorb all this story can offer you. HAPPY HUNGER GAMES.. counting down till March 23
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Captivating I bought Hunger Games because of the upcoming movie, planning an reading it to see what the fuss was about. The writing style is pleasantly simple, the story moved fast but never left you behind. It was very hard to put down and a satisfying read. I went into the book expected a watered down version of Battle Royale. While it held loosely the same concept, the twists of the society and technology made it stand out. Very good book, the next two are already on order.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I have to be honest. The only reason I picked up this book in the first place was due to peer pressure. I let the concept of 'children fighting to the death' put me off the series for far too long. Once I finally caved, I read the three books plus the accompanying 'The Girl who was on Fire' book of essays in less than a week then passed them along to everyone I knew who hadn't yet read them. It's so much more than just 'The Hunger Games' and it's very refreshing to read about a strong, opinionated female character who both doesn't let love and its triangle destroy her and doesn't come off as having no depth beyond her opinions. This is a girl you want to cheer for, you want to see succeed, and you want as your kick-ass best friend.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing dystopian! I buy a lot of books based on the level of excitement from readers. You know those books – the bestsellers, the ones receiving high ratings, or flying off the shelves! I can’t even remember what propelled me to buy The Hunger Games, but I’m pretty sure it was for one of the previously mentioned reasons. Actually, I only had the first book of the series on my shelf for the longest time until one day I posted on Twitter that I was going to read it. My tweet was replied to by someone telling me if I’m going to read the first one I better have the next two on hand. Which I didn’t — so I put it off. The thing that made me finally pick up the books and read them (again, this is now well after I bought the last 2 books in the series) was going to see Breaking Dawn in the theater and seeing The Hunger Games movie trailer. I came home realizing that I really had no idea what the book was about and the trailer made it look so.darn.good! Naturally, I would put off reading it for months after seeing that trailer, but once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. And my Twitter replier was right: if you’re going to read the first book, have the other two on hand! The Hunger Games is kind of bizarre when you think about it. It’s about these annual games, put on by the Capital, where two people between the ages of 12 & 17 are chosen to participate in a fight-to-the-death, Survivor type of game for the sole reason to be entertainment for the bored people who live in the Capital. Knowing that this is what the book was about, I was certain that I wouldn’t like it, but Collins’s writing style is fantastic. She has a way of drawing in her readers with just enough gore, just enough action, and a great story. In fact, you might not even notice how bizarre it all is until you finish reading the series. I loved the characters, though I have to admit that Katniss isn’t the most likable of characters. She seemed very brash and unsure of what she wanted, except when it came to Prim. I adored Prim. And Gale. I’ll admit that I’m really not on the Peeta bandwagon, no matter how sincere he sounds. I know that this book is set up for the series (obviously, since it’s 2012 and the last book of the series was published in 2010. Apparently, I was living under a rock.), but I’m happy that there’s an actual ending to what happened in this installment and that it’s not one event being dragged out over three books. If you enjoy dystopian books, mixed with a lot of un-put-down-able action, then this book is for you. The Hunger Games is a sure winner.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from May the odds be EVER in your favor! I bought the Hunger Games trilogy a while ago, and since I am not a huge fan of Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic fictions, it was collecting dust on the shelf. I finally decided to pick it up after seeing all the hype about it. This book sucked me in from the first page and it truly was hard to put down, even when I was dead tired, laying in bed and about to pass out, book in hand. One thing that is important for me when I read a book is to be able to establish some sort of connection with the main characher, and it was easy to do so with Katniss. What a strong character she is, probably one of my favorite in all the YA books I have read so far! You can't help but love her. Suzanne Collins definitely did an amazing job with The Hunger Games, and I can't wait to read Cathing Fire, and sure hope it will be as good.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality TV to the extreme! I first received this book from my book addict twin Nicole with rants and raves about it, after she picked it up in an airport on her way home from Peru (I’m jealous that she goes on so many adventures) and finished it on her flight home. I let it sit on my shelf for awhile, until one day I went on a family fishing trip and since I never catch anything anyways, I figured I’d bring a book. After setting up my chair, baiting and casting the line I started reading. I stumbled through the mundane first few chapters, and was about to give up because honestly not much was happening. When I look back on it now, I realize it was to set up the skills and back story that would be vital to Katniss later on. By the time we came to the ceremony where the tributes are chosen, I was hooked. There was no stopping me now that the ball was rolling, there was political intrigue, action, suspense and a cast of colourful and diverse characters. I spent the next few hours completely enveloped in the book ( I lost track of time, didn’t reapply sunscreen and got some pretty bad sunburn), and it was completely worth it to keep reading! The cover is pretty nondescript, plain and with me being a sucker for pretty things, I likely walked past it several times in a book store and didn’t stop to look at it. The symbolism on it doesn’t even become iconic until you get into the later parts of the story, but now with the impending release of the movie, the mockingjay pin and what it signifies has exploded into the mainstream as a very identifiable figure. Collins did a great job building each set that the story takes place in, I didn’t have a difficult time envisioning the soot covered village of district 12, or the dangerous expanses of forest to the metallic glamour of the Capitol. The character of Katniss is loyal, fierce and willing to do whatever it takes - even killing, if it means her loved ones survive. She’s a great strong character, and since she’s from one of the worst off districts, it’s great to see her rise up and be the underdog that no one expects. I have to say out of the two main boys, Gale and Peeta, I definitely root for Gale, to me he was the more likable character. Gale is the confident, skillful childhood friend of Katniss who understands how much work it takes just to make sure their families have some food on the table at night. Whereas Peeta - although from the same district as Katniss and Gale, he tended to live a much more sheltered life and I honestly didn’t think he’d hold it together for very long, but he definitely had some surprising tricks up his sleeve, and what he lacks in brute strength he makes up for in cunning. The other characters such as Haymitch, Effie and Cinna each had a unique and easily distinguishable persona’s. They were looser characters that were a great dynamic to Katniss’ more serious focused persona. I especially love Cinna, he’s a fashion designing genius! Once the reader is pulled into the preparations for the Hunger Games the action and drama are so well balanced that it can definitely keep the attention of boys and girls alike. There are romantic elements, but they’re kept to a minimum and don’t really detract from the intensity of the storyline. There is quite a bit of graphic violence - but with the whole premise of the story being last one standing wins, it’s pretty compulsory to have some kind of death and mayhem. Really it’s no worse than your average action packed movie these days. After reading this one, I immediately ran out and bought the box set because I HAD to know what happened next.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read This book combines many genres into one fascinating, albeit horrific story that was a page-turnerr. I could not put it down. You can’t just call it an adventure, thriller, drama or horror. There is even a romantic twist. Most of all the story is about survival of the youngest, sometimes weakest and essentially fittest in all human aspects. Katniss Everdeen volunteers over her sister to be tribute in a fight to the death while her country’s wealthy dictator capital city watches on with amusement. Only two of 24 teenagers will live to see another year with their loved ones...You'll want to go out and buy the next two books in this trilogy guaranteed!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story but it's an ugly world & hard to visit I'm really torn about how to review this book - luckily since the entire world already knows all about it, my one review is pretty much irrelevant to anyone but me. On one hand, I can't imagine anyone with a heart not adoring a character with as much bravery, honour and passion as Katniss Everdeen. On the other, I have a very difficult time dealing with worlds like the one Suzanne Collins has created here, that is rife with hateful, brutal ugly people who could even conceive of what happens in Panem - especially to children as young as 12. I won't give any details, to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say that I felt beaten and exhausted when I got to the end, and all I had to do was read it. That said, I don't want to take anything away from the amazing book Collins has written here. Once you start this book, it is very difficult to put it down until the end. The story of the Hunger Games is addicting and the twists and turns Collins comes up with are shocking and do a terrific job of keeping the reader off-balance and glued to the pages. This is an extremely well-written story with awesome characters you will absolutely fall for. It's just a bit hard to handle for me because the world Katniss lives in is so vicious and ugly. I don't think I can go back to it for the other two books, even for the hope that Katniss might change that world as the story progresses.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book. What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? It has an amazingly fast pace, intense action scenes, a great heroine who is flawed and yet likeable. My only complaint is that is was a bit predictable, but that may be more due to the fact that everyone is talking about it, and that I have probably heard the story retold a hundred times, but just did not realize it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was fantastic! I read only out of curiousity because I had heard alot of hype about this trilogy and thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did because I loved it, and could not put it down! The storyline is unlike anything I have ever read before, I greatly enjoyed it and I recommend this book to anyone who's up for a griping, heart pounding adventure.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! First book in a long time that I couldn't wait to read.I would put it down for the night and in about 15 mins was dying to find out what was going to happen next. Kept me up all night!! So different from anything I have ever read and yet it never slows down , your always on your toes!!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! (The “Hunger games” is a great novel full of suspense. I was first sceptical about reading a book with such violence. I was used to sticking to fantasy and romance novels. I was unprepared for the brilliance of this novel and was unable to put it down. The novel does not have a violent feel; it’s more of a survival story. I got me thinking about our future as a society and what the world might look like in the future. It also got me thinking about how some people live in other countries and that our government can do more to help them. This book entwines government, community, personal strength and personal morals vs. survival as well as other strong topics together to create a really remarkable story. I would recommend this novel as it can really open you up to a new kind of reading.)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger Games The Hunger Games (as well as the rest of the trilogy!) is brilliant book to read and grabs your attention within the first chapter. It’s an impossible book to put down! Without trying to spoil the book for any of the people that haven’t read it I’ll keep it simple. It’s about a young girl named Katniss that lives in Panem with her mother and younger sister (Primrose) and the Capitol holds power over everyone. The Hunger Game is an annual event that takes one boy and one girl from each district to compete in the televised Hunger Game. The Hunger Games places all the children in an area which they are left to fight to stay alive. During the picking, Primrose (her younger sister) is picked, in which Katniss volunteers in the place of her younger sister and this is where the book really takes off! I encourage anyone who hasn’t already read it to go out and buy it as soon as possible, you won’t be sorry!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS that's all i have to say omg i don't know where to start. this is one of the best books i've read in a long time. once a year i am lucky to come across one or two books that are amazing and will influence the rest of the year's reading choices. 2011 the glass castle and the girl with the dragon tattoo. 2012 i am so lucky to have made up my mind to read the hunger games. thank you to all the awesome reviews to help push me to finally purchasing this book. OMG i am completely obsessed with this trilogy. i truly believe everyone should read the hunger games. you will be instantly addicted and longing for more themes: courage, friendship, survival, life, family, love the hunger games has everything a reader will want in a book. action, adventure, humour, surprise twists and survival of the fittest. im sure everyone knows the plot of the book so i won't be talking about it. place your bets to who will win the 74th hunger games... i bought this book saturday after spending an hour on friday night reading everyone's positive reviews about the hunger games. i made an early trip to walmart and found it. instantly started reading it and was hooked. unfortunately didn't get the entire day to finish it off. by chapter 5 i was out rushing to get the last 2 books. I MUST HAVE THEM. please do yourself a favour and read this book. you will not regret it. the hunger games is filled with surprises. as i was reading i just assumed what would occur, but collins is so good at surpsies. suzanne collins is creative and fills the book with surprises. PLEASE ENJOY!! treat yourself p.s.although i wish it was another 50 pages because i did not want it to end. collins did the book justice by keeping it the length she did. TWO READER'S THUMBS UP
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will blow your mind! This book is so amazing! As soon as the first chapter was finished I wanted more! It will take your breath away and have you sitting on edge waiting for the ending. I was hooked in a matter of minutes! All of the amazing characters, the action, the depth behind the words. Suzanne Collins is such a great writer!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking and Exhilerating! I know, this is pretty late for someone to be reading the series, what with the movie coming out in a month but I finally read it! YAY! And OMG! It honestly pained me to have to put it down for even a second! And when I was able to read it, well time passed by so quickly since I was so engrossed in the book! OKAY! Well, first off. I hate the Hunger Games. Not the book obviously but the arena, the tributes, the fighting and killing. It kind of makes me sad and scared at the same time. I think it was very courageous of Kat to volunteer herself in place or Prim. It's what any caring and loving sibling would do for their younger siblings. Also, I feel pretty bad for Peeta and a little bit mad at Haymitch for leaving them both in the dark. He's very manipulative (that might be one of the reasons that he won the Hunger Games when he was chosen). Anways, back to Peeta. Yeah..... Well that's all I'm saying. I think I might have already said to much but, OH WELL! If you want to know more, well than you better as heck read the book! Honestly, when people first told me about the book, I didn't want to read it since everyone else loved it. I'm not one of those people who likes everything everyone else around me likes. I usually ignore it and pretend it's stupid first, and then eventually start liking it when other people like something else. For some reason, that's how I've always been which is probably why I'm reading it so late. But it was so good I managed to finish it in less than 48 hours (if you take out school and sleep). I really do reagret not reading this earlier but I guess it's better this way since I won't be anticipating for the movie to come out much longer! Anways, I loved this book and I know millions of other people out there completely and utterly agree with me. So even if I didn't listen to this advice right away, I think that whoever hasn't read the book yet, should, because it was great beyond proportions! (And I really do regret not listening to that advice right away!) ANYWAYS! Have lots and lots of fun reading! P.S. I don't care if you don't read much, I don't care if you hate reading, HECK! I don't even care if you CAN'T read (as in are not capable to for whater reason), you NEED to read this book (even if that means getting someone to read it to you)! Get it? Got it? Good!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You gotta read this!! In the post-apocalyptic world of North America, now Panem there is a capitol surrounded by 12 districts. There had been an uprising but the capitol in order to quell any more requires each district to select 1 teen-aged boy and 1 teen-aged girl to participate in The Hunger Games. These games are a death to the end reality show. Katniss' sister is chosen as District 12's tribute but Katniss volunteers to go in her stead along with Peeta, the baker's son who happens to be hopelessly in love with Katniss. They are trained and dressed and paraded until the actual horrific games start. I just could not put the book down and if I had had the sequel I would have started it immediately. A great book. The plot is developed bit by bit bringing the reader in and never letting him go. I could picture the festivities, the training and the games as the book progressed. The only nit is why the districts didn't rebel against the slaughter of their children. It was like they were automatons doing whatever they were told to do. There is non-stop action in the book so the movie will probably be a best seller also but I don't think I could stand to see the gore in living colour
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I am absolutely fascinated with fantasy trilogies, and I think that this is one of my top 3 trilogies I would recommend anyone. This book makes you not want to sleep, not want to work and just keep reading. I started this book about 3 weeks ago and I am already on the final book " MockingJay". The characters are great, and the way the author has described the characters, scenes and things that happens, makes me feel as if I am in the hunger games myself. Just when I thought it couldnt get any better, she always has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat. Yes, it is fantasy, but a part of me feels it could be very realistic as well. Not to mention the small triangle romance makes it that much better. I recommed this book to anyone that enjoys a fantasy thrill!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 7 out of 5! OH. MY. GOD. Those three words sum up this book perfectly. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE The Hunger Games. It is seriously my favourite book. I don’t know why I didn’t read it before you all voted me to read but am I ever glad that you guys did! The Hunger Games is broken into 3 parts and when each part ended that was like my 30 second bathroom and breather break. I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath while reading part 2 because I was gasping for air when it ended. My boyfriend was making fun of me for it telling me “It’s just a book...You’ll be okay.” Little did he know that The Hunger Games is so intense that you have to keep reading. I started reading at 4pm Saturday afternoon and I didn’t stop reading until 3a.m. minus the bathroom and supper breaks. I just couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad The Hunger Games is going to be a movie because while I was reading it I was gasping and saying if this book was a movie I would be at the edge of my seat. I love the chemistry between Katniss and Peeta. I’m totally a Team Peeta person – I can’t help it I just know so much more about him than Gabe that I have to go with him. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM! Lol Go out and BUY it now! You won’t be disappointed. Also, maybe go buy some oxygen as well so that you won’t be gasping for air like I was.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing(Spoilers) I finally finished this last night. I am so glad that I read it. When it was recommended to me, I didn't think I would like it cause of what it was about. Being about a 16 year old girl who has to go up against 23 other teenagers who have to kill each other and only one coming back as the victor. It was kind of disturbing but then I thought about reading it again and fell in love with it and the characters. It's just so different from anything I've ever read, it's such a great read. I don't want to give too much away on it to people who haven't read it. Anyways, I loved it, awesome book, awesome characters. I can't wait till the movie comes out, which I'm going to see. Sorry, the review isn't that detailed. I am terrible at giving them.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great concept I really enjoyed this book. It brings together genres like sci-fi, history, war, etc. The good thing about this book is that even though it is the first in a trilogy, it can be read by itself and it's enough. The author had a really great idea with this novel, it was an easy read that kept you intrigued the entire time. I think I read it in a few hours.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This is my 4th book in the challange. Like most of the other people that have read this book, I only got interested in it because of the great reviews that I have heard about it oh yah and the movie coming out in march. Actually I was hooked from the beginning pages. I like the story line and very enjoyable to read. I actually can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series. I like the main character Katniss. I like her attitude and I think that is why I like the book so much. Once again not my typical book to read, but I'm starting to like this fiction books a little more. I give the book 5 stars, not sure if I will seeing the movie.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic What can be said about this book that hasn't already been mentioned. The story was great, the characters were great and the ending left me ready to start book 2. I could not stop turning the pages.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I LOVED HUNGER GAMES SOOOO MUCH hunger games was the best book ever!!!! i cant believe someone could think of something that amazing! i was hooked! id sneak read under the table, id stay up late and i watch the trailer for the movie like 10000 time!!! out of 10 i give hunger games a 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 i think everyone should read these books
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far Out Suzanne Collins "The Hunger Games" was kind of addictive. It did hold me for a couple of days however, it is a sci-fi directed at a younger crowd. It was an "easy" read and the "phraseology" not very complicated. The plot is fine and flows nicely. Not at all like the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", which held me for the three volumes. I would give the "Hunger Games" 3.5 to 4 star, and will not buy the other two volumes until I find them on sale or in a pocket book format.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I've looked at the description for this book so many times, and just couldn't commit to buying, as it isn't the type of book I normally pick up. Finally, after hearing all the hype (and seeing the trailer for the movie which really sold me) I received the books as a gift for Christmas. I read this book in one sitting, as I could. not. put. it. down. I fell in love with the characters and was completely drawn in by the suspense. Katniss is a great heroine; brave, bold, and vulnerable yet sure of herself. I also loved Peeta, Cinna... that is the mark of a great book for me; so many characters that are uniquely themselves, who I just fall in love with. I loved that not only did this have exciting action scenes, but there were sweet romance scenes as well. I'm still thinking of the characters hours after I finished the book, and can't wait to start the next one. You won't be disappointed with this book. It was one that I had to keep myself from rushing through; it is an easy read and I wanted to find out what happened, but I wanted to savour every word and detail. In short, I LOVED IT!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way More Than Expected I was sort of unsure about picking this one up. When books are really hyped, I tend to get annoyed and enjoy them less (enter Twilight (enter millions of Twilight fans throwing things at me)). It arrived in a box of books that I had ordered online. I couldn't decide what to read first and decided to read two pages of each. I immediately got hooked on Suzanne Collins smash hit. I love that it's told through first person narration by a character who has some serious backbone. Her instincts to survive in her familiar dystopian world are put to the test when thrown into an arena to fight to the death. Even though Katniss knows she cannot escape the people who put her there, she's going to put up a serious fight. And a rebellious one at that. Packed with action, suspense, growth of a forced heroine, and a little romance, The Hunger Games more than delivers. I couldnt put it down.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good and captivating story I fell in love with the story of Katniss, her devotion to her family and her values. I really felt this book was amazing, I had to literally tear myself away from reading it. This book kept me captivated the whole way through and left me satisfied .
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Cow Great Book! I loved this book! I mean it was great! I can't get over what happend in the book! I think Suzanne Collins did a great job on the plot and characters! The setting was amazing and I felt how powerful the words were when I was reading! All though the book I felt as if I was there in the novel! I Think the power of Suzanne's words are vary powerful. I just know that I will always remember this book and I will always have a spot in my heart for this book! C:
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Most Thrilling Books I Have Ever Read! This book is savage, gut-wrenching, and will keep you up thinking of the story long after you've finished the book. The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where modern civilization as we know it has completely collapsed. Out of the ruins of the old world, arises the Capitol. The luxury ridden Capitol oversees twelve impoverished districts. As punishment for a series of uprisings against the powerful Capitol, the districts are forced to participate in The Hunger Games. The Games a televised competition, in which two children ( one boy and one girl) between the ages of 12 to 18 must be taken out of each district to fight each other to the death. The last one to be left standing will be declared victor of the Hunger Games. The novel follows 15 year old Katniss Everdeen as she becomes District 12's tribute to the Games. She volunteers to go in place of her twelve year old sister, Prim Rose. It will take every ounce of strength, wit, and perserverence that Katniss has to survive the Hunger Games and return to her family. I absoulely loved this book. It's probably one of the best I've read in a long time. And I've actually never read a book more filled with action than this one. Each chapter ends with a revelation, a cliff hanger, or some bout of action. It makes me anticipate every second within Katniss world. There is danger lurking around every corner.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Sereies Wonderful books...
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just mainstream YA fiction The Hunger Games really impressed me because it was a really well written and well developed book with some deep themes that apply to all people. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in fast-paced, interesting fiction but who can handle a little morbidity. (it reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies). Bottom line: read it. Love it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Twilight I was skeptical at first because I am not interested in futuristic type genres. However, I started to read this book and literally could not put it down. I read the entire thing in one sitting and am dying to read the second book. It is fast paced, has captivating characters and quite a dynamic and intense plot. I highly recommend!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought I would hate it, but I was pleasantly surprised A friend of mine recommended it to me, so I bought it, even though fiction isn't really my thing. I was a little put off by how Stephenie Meyer (the author of the Twilight series) has a review of it on the back cover, but thankfully this book is miles better than Twilight. It was very fast paced, which I appreciated. In fact, I don't think there was ever a dull moment! I can only hope that the rest of the trilogy is just as good!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN AWESOME PAGETURNER :D This book was very outstanding. I reccomend this book to any sci-fi reader out there. If you loved 'I am number four' you will llove this book!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminded me of Twilight It's not Twilight but it did get me back into reading books. It grips you from the beginning and holds you until the end. I found a few things a little unconvincing but overall, it was a suspenseful read. If you want a bit of romance, some action and an interesting plot with a tough character...this is a good book for you! Don't get too excited for the 2nd book though....half way through and it's not too great.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing series... a must read. I'm an avid reader and I decided to buy the trilogy after reading a few reviews. To say that it exceeded my expectations is beyond an understatement. Collins effectively sets the tone of the poverty-stricken country of Panem and the daily hardships all districts must endure to survive. Katniss Everdeen is a fierce and loyal teenager who takes the place of her sister in the next round of the Hunger Games. While reading these novels, it takes you so far into the pain and anguish experienced by tributes, their families, and everyone who watches the live event that you actually feel you are experiencing it as well. Some of the parts were difficult to read because of the graphic nature of tributes being killed. That aside, I couldn't put it down... it was gripping, emotional, frightening, and fantastic. I strongly recommend this series, as it is definitely one of the best I have read to date.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever written! READ THIS BOOK. I'm SO tempted to leave my review as that single sentence, because that basically sums up the gist of my thoughts without getting into the gushing "this book is so amazing that I can't even find words for it" part! But I decided you guys deserve more than that. Just be forewarned: major gushing ahead. The Hunger Games has to be one of the best books in history! Definitely a favourite of mine! It's interesting and deep and romantic and original and realistic and I could use up all the positive adjectives in the world and it still wouldn't be enough! EVERYTHING about this book is amazing! Katniss is one of my favourite heroines; the side characters are all great; the romance is perfectly done; the action is heart-pounding; the premise is unforgettable; and the complex plot always keeps me on the edge of my seat — sometimes in tears and most times without breathing! I seriously can't believe that I ever had a doubt before reading this book. The cover didn't really catch my eye and the synopsis sounded strange when I first saw it, but now I want to buy a copy for every person in the world just so they'll read it! It's THAT good. So the verdict? Read this book. Love this book. And get ready to have The Hunger Games always lingering in the back of your mind, because that's what it's like for me! :) BUY or BORROW?: Has there ever been a more pointless question??? Buy it for sure! I've already read this book more times than I can keep track, and it still gets to me every single time!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! When I first heard the title I thought it was another vampire book, so I steered clear. Then I saw the trailer for the movie and bought the series for my daughters, who finished it within six hours. Although it's got adult themes and violence which is surprising for a book published by Scholastic, and aimed for a younger audience, I appreciated that it wasn't overly graphic. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger so you have to keep reading. I thought the premise was terrifying, but some of the mutant animals were a little bizarre.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check it out, you'll enjoy it. I have to start off by saying I haven't really read a young adult book forever, really. I decided to give this book a chance for the same reason most people are, the movie that's coming out in March. It was a pleasant read, the whole premise of this novel I've read other books with similar ideas. I did enjoy reading The Hunger Games and it did have some interesting plot twist and if you are an avid reader you'll pick up on them, but I didn't find that it diminishes the overall package of the book. I will finish reading the series to find out what happens next. I wouldn’t mind seeing Suzanne Collins rewriting this book and give it even more substance such as given multiple point of views of all the tributes in the book. Definitely check this book out if your interested.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book. It is my favourite in the series. Although I didnt like the next two books as much, I had to read them to figure out which boy she picks. You won't be able to put it down until you've finished it. A definite read before the movie comes out! There is something in this book for everyone. My boyfriend, who hates all books, loved it! and is demanding that I tell him what happens in the second and third book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining but not great. I liked the book and the idea in it, but I didn't like the story. The main character was very wooden, and I could not relate to her at all. The actual action wasn't very long. I expected more adventure but was met with description instead. And the ending was a disappointment. I think if a different author took the story and re-wrote it, and maybe changed the concept of it a little bit, this book could be amazing. The book is entertaining, and has a lot of fans. It's a good book and I'm glad I read it, I just think it had more potential.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great holiday read. I'm not the type to finish a book in a weekend, but The Hunger Games was such a page turner, that I just couldn't put it down. That said, if you're looking for something intellectual or deap, this is not the book for you. Rather, it's just a fun, interesting, fast-paced story that kept me entertained over the Christmas holidays. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Great read....I can't wait to see the movie. Now onto "Catching Fire".
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I loved this series! Typically i find an author I like and stick to them, it's hard for me to branch out and try something new, This was recommended to me. I can honestly say that I finished the entire series in 4 days!!! I could not put it down, and when i did(to go to bed) All i could think was "what's going to happen next?" If your looking for something new, I definitely recommend you try this! Suzanne Collins is a great author!!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Series I've Read in Years! I couldn't put it down! This book is a great read for anyone, young or old who enjoys a good fantasy-action story with a little romance. I read through this book in two nights, and couldn't wait to start the second. Completely appropriate for the younger teens, yet still captivating for adults. I only wish there were more books in the trilogy!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY MOM THOUGHT IT WAS FABULOUS!!!! MY DAD THOUGHT IT WAS FABULOUS!!!!!! MY DOG THOUGHT IT WAS FABULOUS!!! IT WAS JUST FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite I kept picking this book up in the bookstore and putting it back down after reading the first line on the back. Sounded like a futuristic fantasy novel that I wouldn't like. Then I watched the trailer for the upcoming movie and thought it had an interesting plot. (Similar to that other movie we've all seen.) So I went out and bought the book. I couldn't put it down after that. It was excellent! Well written and fast-paced, it kept my interest until the very last page. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I started the series because I was really interested in the movie. I always read books before they release it in theaters. But I heard many great things about the series from all my blogger friends, so a few weeks ago I bought the entire box set. The Hunger Games surprised from the first few chapters. This world Collins has created was so creative that you can imagine this world of 13 districts.The writing was beautiful, it really got me into her novel and the world of the Districts. I couldn't put it down once the pace of the Capital came into view. During the first part of the book, when they were picking the Tribunes, it was soo sad when out heroine Katniss sacrificed herself for her sister when Effie pulled out the name. This moment was presented perfectly and as the reader, it showed us how they were all chosen. The setting was mainly taking place between District 12 and also in the district Panem, Collins described this as the future of The United States. The weapons and creatures in the books were the main items in which the weapons were to help support the Tribune. After reading the whole Games scene you can see that this is no ordinary world of the future, it was a death sentence. I loved all of the characters in this book! Katniss Everdeen is one of the strongest characters I have ever read. She is stubborn, doesn't like following the rules, but she know how to survive in the wild. At the beginning you can really see that she is the provider in the family after her father passes away. Katniss hunts and uses the basic knowledge of survival to help her during the Games. Gale is her best friend at District 12, and he hunts with Katniss every Sunday. He is the other male character in her life. We dont get to know much about him in this book but I sense we shall see more of him soon! Peeta Mellark..... how you are one sweet boy! He is the other Tribune to District 12. What I love about Peeta is his humor and how he interacts with with Katniss. He is the son of the baker, is not serious about the Games, but is willing to sacrifice his life to help save Katniss. He was one great character to read about. I was always looking forward to his parts in the book because you can see that he does harbor feelings so a special someone and he balances her and he does support her. My journey of The Hunger Games was fantastic! Everyone needs to read this series, and it must be because everyone is talking about this book and the upcoming movie, which looks awesome. If you haven't read this series, you must start it, its worth it. Fast paced love, action, battle and when this romance is discovered, you will want to read the next one. Be sure to have the next two books next to you after you read this AMAZING series.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger Games A book that has gotten a lot of hype that definitely deserves it. Could not put it down. A good read for almost anyone!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love. Love. Love. I am currently on my third round of reading this trilogy and I have nothing bad to say about these books. The first time I read them, I finished all 3 in four days. I want to call it an easy read not because of how it is written, but because of how engrossed you become in it that before you know it: its finished. I have recommended this trilogy to many people, all of whom were extremely satisfied. An amazing read, you wont be able to put it down
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger games! :) OMG is all i have to say! Speechless doesn't even define for how i feel about this book. The ACTION IS INSANE!!!!!! survivalish type of books really are not my thing but this is the most talked about book i have heard about in a long time and i just had to get in on what people were taking about. So that is why i am giving this book (well only if i could) 8/5 stars. Im not kidding when i say I am speechless about this book. Will you feel the same way?
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from totally unique Im going to keep it short and sweet. I only read this book because of all the hype around it and yadda yadda. What i didnt expect was to fall in love with the characters and the principle of the novel. This book is about a neglected society (district 12) controlled by a more rich and powerful "capitol". The idea is that two people, one boy and one girl, are chosen from each district and are put into an arena to fight to the death. The idea was exectuted very well and the description brought you right into the novel. My one and only complaint about the book was the ending. It left you with a cliffhanger where you wanted to know more and understand what was going on between the main characters. But i guess thats why there is a sequel, so i deffinatly reccomend giving this book a read, you'll be hooked.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down I couldn't believe how realistic this book was. From geographical information to how each district was codependent on other districts, it made me feel like this is what the world would look like after world war 3. The use of sacrificial children in an effort to raise morale among the districts to show who may actually be worthy of power is a not an uncommon theme in warrior tribes and various religions. Also, as each district has a different purpose, it resembles how different communities and countries benefit from their various qualities. Some people believe that only the strongest survive, but this book proves the will to survive and amount of survival knowledge can carry a person through.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words can't express how great it was right now. Alright so I literally just turned the final page of this book maybe two minutes ago and here is how it all started: I've had the book for about a year and I originally bought it becaue A) it was on sale and B) I had heard so much good stuff about it. So I read the back and think....oh....I seriously hope this is not some Brade New World/1984 thing going on here. Because after being in school I was finally looking for something up beat and interesting. So I read the first 5 pages and put the books down thinking....what is everyone talking about? Then about two month ago I heard it was being made into a movie. Then about a month ago I saw some pictures of said movie. And so finally five days ago when I really should have been reviewing my environmental science class for University but decided to procrastinate instead I picked up this book and made it past the first 5 pages. KEEP READING AFTER THE FIRST FIVE PAGES. Because by page six I was hooked. I dreamed about this novel that is how crazy book it was to me, and trust me it is not something that happens to me very often...dreaming of novels that is. Its a love story...yes, Its an action books...yes, is there death, destruction, and a dystopian society and even a little sci-fi in there? Hell yes. Was it everything I need at the time and is making me count my pennies to see if I have enough to purchase the next one? You betch ya. Collins has found a way to captivate her audience along the same lines as Stephanie Meyer. She has you and the character confused between two guys and wondering how everything will work out. This is one for all audiences.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read!! I started the book because I had heard from many people that it was fantastic. It also didn't hurt the matter that the movie is coming out in March 2012 and I really like to read books before I see the movie. Well what can I say? I loved it! I will say that it did start out rather slow while reading Part I. I spent a lot of time wondering when it would pick up, but let me tell you... pick up it did! Once the book really started to get going (around the start of Part II) I could not put it down. It was so exciting and I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I did not want the book to end because I was so engrossed with what was happening, but the thought of the second book kept me excited. The book was well written, had great character development and was an easy read! I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was recommended to me by a friend for months....but because it wasnt "my type of Book" to read, I put it off. My mistake.......this book was awesome. Finished it fast and went onto the next two book , Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I was so sad when I finished the series. Gonna start the next series Suzanne Collins has out.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love and The Hunger Games "Love, Love, Love. Love, Love, Love. Love, Love, Love." This song by The Beatles popped into my head as it was percolating. It just seemed to fit so well with a tale I had finished reading the day before. A wonderful song to fit a wonderful book. Because Love is what wins The Hunger Games. "There's nothing you can do that can't be done. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy." This very complex story is, at it's essence, about how a young couple's Love fatally damaged a dictatorship. Everything else is simply extra. "Nothing you can make that can't be made. No one you can save that can't be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It's easy." In the beginning, several great disasters have caused the reformation of what was once North American society into a brutal dictatorship. In order to keep the population in line, every year teens from across the 12 districts are chosen by a lottery to compete in The Hunger Games. To the death. On live television. With betting ongoing. Into this world is born Katniss Everdeen. She is the narrator of her woe filled life. Living in a coal mining district, destitute, her father passed away years before, her mother despondent, her younger sister to care for, and the spectre of The Hunger Games following them. Her survival is attained through illegal hunting trips into the forest. The first year her sister is eligible, she "wins", prompting Kat to volunteer to take her place. She and the boy "winner" (Peeta) from their district are feted, interviewed, made over, and trained over the next several days. And even fall in Love? The players are then thrust into the Games and casualties are immediate and mounting. The Gamesmasters, to make it more entertaining, force natural disasters onto the participants. Some deaths are seen, some are not. Some are peaceful, some are horrific. Some Kat causes, some she does not. Children dying for the entertainment of the masses and the sick pleasure of the government. And then the twist. A surprise to make the Games more interesting, but completely backfires onto the government. An ending that is actually the beginning. Many thoughts crashed through my mind while I was reading this epic journey. At first I was struck by the parallels with The Diary of Anne Frank. Many might find that comparison sacrilegious, but feel it is apt. The story is about the feelings of a 15 year old girl just trying to survive inside a corrupt system, a love for her father, a hatred for her mother, and winning the hand of a boy she is trapped with. Instead of a pen and paper, Kat uses a bow and arrow. Kat and Anne share a high intelligence and ingenuity, which help both out immensely. Kat uses these gifts to survive and is a fictional character. Anne Frank unfortunately did not survive World War II and was quite real. If you have not read The Diary of Anne Frank yet, please do. You will be a better person for it. I was also struck by Kat's first act of intolerance towards the Games and the dictatorship. When another participant, whom Kat has grown close to, dies, she gathers flowers to put around the body. The simple beauty of this gesture, to bring grace to the senseless, is done to honour the deceased. The disobedience of the act, to protest the brutality, is to accomplish a statement. Kat knows what she is doing and does not care. She feels and she wants them to feel too. Imagery flashed through my memory, leading me to realize what they scene reminded me of. In the 1960's during an anti-war protest several hippies put flowers into the gun barrels of National Guard soldiers. Meeting weapons with flowers became very symbolic of the peace movement. This was not the single act that stopped the war, but one of several. Kat's flowers has the same affect. "All you need is love. All you need is love. All you need is love, love. Love is all you need." This idea is put forward to make you realize the turning point Kat had passed. The love of life, the love of a peaceful existence so far out of reach, and the love of Peeta, keep her going through all the adversity. But the flowers are the human spirit within her refusing to lie down and die. Kat goes from survival mode to winning mode. With Peeta helping, she plays the most outstanding Hunger Games ever. She wants to be with him. And no challenge, trick, or deception the Gamemasters throw at her will stop her. She is now the main propeller of the Game and they know it. And it blooms. Their Love is enough to start the downfall of a dictatorship. That primal force topples another primal force. Because All You Need Is Love Scoopriches P.P.S. "All You Need Is Love" is performed by The Beatles. Full review is at https://scoopsmentalpropaganda.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/love-and-the-hunger-games/
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for all ages Once again I picked this up because of the hype ~ and I could not put it down! This type of book is not usually a genre that I'm drawn to; but I was absolutely engrossed beginning to end. A terrific read for all ages. A futuristic society with all the antiquated trappings of traditional story-telling themes: good and evil, love and war, and a heroine for the ages. Highly recommended! Am really looking forward to devouring the two sequels as well. Enjoy!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like The Hunger Games needs another review Like The Hunger Games needs another review. Although I've meant to read it for the past two years, so that I came to it knowing much of what the story was about, I was still surprised how well the novel lived up to the hype. A fascinating read.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.74 in

Published: June 18, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439023521

ISBN - 13: 9780439023528

About the Book

The acclaimed author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.

From the Publisher

Now in paperback, the book no one can stop talking about . . .

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

About the Author

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Also a successful writer for children''s television, Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Hunger Games

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008
A Booklist Editors'' Choice
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
A Kirkus Best Book of 2008
A New York Times Book Review Editors'' Choice
USA Today Bestseller

"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn''t stop reading." — Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight

"I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn''t have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." — Stephanie Meyer

"[The Hunger Games] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it." — Charlaine Harris

"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." — John Green, New York Times Book Review

"A plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." — USA Today

"Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." — Los Angeles Times

"{A} superb tale" — Booklist, starred review

"Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 12

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