The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

bySuzanne Collins

Hardcover | October 1, 2008

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A chilling tale of survival from the New York Times bestselling author.

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 wri...

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Title:The Hunger GamesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439023483

ISBN - 13:9780439023481

Appropriate for ages: 12

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From The Hunger GamesThe moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody. I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building. Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past. I've never seen that happen though.Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone. It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs. I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff. When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly. It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour. The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones. I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose. Crying is not an option. There will be more cameras at the train station.My sister and my mother come first. I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler. My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us. For a few minutes, we say nothing. Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them.

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Praise for The Hunger Games#1 New York Times BestsellerA Publishers Weekly BestsellerA Horn Book FanfareA Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008A Booklist Editors' ChoiceA New York Times Notable Book of 2008A Kirkus Best Book of 2008A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceUSA 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