The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Paperback | June 18, 2010

bySuzanne Collins

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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.

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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-t...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.07 × 5.35 × 0.76 inPublished:June 18, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Hands down better than a lot of the other YA books out there.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING An amazing book! Really interesting and a great start to a great series! :D
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNBELIEVABLE! This book is amazing! I could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I would be impressed if someone didn't know the basic premise of this series. But I can say that they hype is generally well deserved and that this is a smart and well-written YA novel that will keep you intrigued and reading.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book i love the book, it was so great and intense that i couldn't stop reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling It was such a good read, the story will send shivers down your spine #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book The writing is not as polished as it could be, but the storyline and characters are excellent.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love this book.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 loved reading this!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Edge of my seat I absolutely loved this book. I brought it with me on a relaxing vacation and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend reading all three of the books in the trilogy, as only reading this one will leave with a lot of open ends.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I read it in a day and a half I couldn't get enough!!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hunger Games I was never a fan of dystopian novels. This just cemented my feelings about them. Boring, cliche heroine, cliche plot, cliche love interests.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I loved this book! It is a great young adult piece of fiction - basically taking the idea of reality TV to the next level. If you are a fan of the tv show Survivor, you will definitely see some commentary. I also really enjoyed the first person narration. You can see how Katniss is young, inexperienced and confused about her feelings towards both Peeta and Gale. Includes different plot points and characters that the movie does not.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger Games The first book is my favourite from the trilogy!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome plot I'm a huge fan of dystopian novels and this one is excellent. I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing series, and idea is so incredibly interesting. Never a dull moment!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool I love this book, but it does have some problems with it. (And not because I did not like the movie). It is an amazing story with amazing characters each with distinct personalities. However, I have read this plot before, dozens of times, and it gets old after a while.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy it again and again! I have read this book so many times that I keep having to buy new copies. I absolutely LOVE it!!!!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Very creative and easy to get through, it is very fast paced and not all drawn out.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book good plot and very adventurous
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of my favourite books of all time!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a very intriguing book, scary because it could actually be plausible.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I read this book when it came out several years ago and am still picking it up to re-read. Beautifully written and a great story.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I really loved the idea of the Hunger Games and the characters!!! It was a really good read.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was great. It's a great adventure book to read and is very descriptive.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! The books are far better than the movies. Interesting from beginning to end.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST- READ So far, it is one of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever This book keeps you interested thte whole time and it makes you crave for more. By far my favoritebook!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA While I wasn't fond of the narrative style, I did enjoy the book more than I thought I would. I quickly learned what the world was like and how the Hunger Games worked, and once the games began it didn't take long for me to be immersed in the environment of the story. One scene was a bit of a shocking and off-putting experience to me, but that was probably because I felt that it was a bit risky to put in a young adult novel. This scene was when (view spoiler) Although it was an uncomfortable scene, it was also a memorable one even though it felt out of place among the rest. This is definitely the better book of the series. The build up of the romance was slow enough for it to not interfere with the survival aspect of the story, and the characters were written well enough so that I cared for them as the games progressed. The book also moved in such a way that it was not a bore to go through, and once it was done I was ready to read the next one. Although the other books are not as good, The Hunger Games series is still a worthwhile read. The themes that emerge later on are good ones to think through, and the plot drives the story in such a way that it deserves a read even if only to find out what happens to the characters and the world in the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Best book ever! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book loved this series! If you've seen the movie than i suggest reading the books because the books were so much better!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read!! This book was action packed! A great concept with a unique set of characters. A must read for lovers of futuristic and action books
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Great book and a great series. This is my favourite in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was amazing! I read this a couple years ago and still love it today!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! What can I say that hasn't been said in hundred if not thousands of reviews. Loved the concept, loved the book, couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next one. Scary at times what happens but you just can't stop going on with Katnis.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved itttt this book was so amazing. Peeta is so heart eyes and Gale is so swoon worthy. Katniss is a very strong female character. Gotta see more of these female leads!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book to Read. I love the book and journey the main character took by sacrificing for her sister.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book was amazing!!!!!!!! The story just drew me in! And I believe it was priced really well at chapters!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Was bored and read 200 pages out of it and loved it
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! One of my fave series, reread it all the time!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the storyline, didn't like the writing I liked the concept of the book, but I wasn't a fan of the writing style.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Such a great novel, original idea, I thoroughly loved the characters! This is definitely a series I re-read!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! There is a reason this series is so popular! It's really wonderful!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I really loved this book, and the fact that it had a strong female lead.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This was my first YA novel and I have to say that I was far from disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this story! This is one of the best dystopian stories I've read before (and I've read quite a lot). However, I feel that Suzanne Collins' vocabulary or choice of words could be improved. There were quite a lot of "'Okay,' I say,"s and "'(blank),' I say"s in there, and it got bland pretty quickly. Still, I enjoyed it :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Captivating plot and creative characters.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series This was a great read that sucks you in quickly and leaves you wanting more. Much better than the movies.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good i think that the first book was excellent but i don't like where the rest of the series is going...:(
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this novel. The plot is interesting and original. The stakes are high in this novel and it is difficult to put it down. Katniss is a strong female read. The only thing that was difficult about the novel is that I didn't really identify with her as a character. She has a strong sense of self-preservation which causes her to come off as a cold/calculating character.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW WOW. That is the first thing I have to say. I was originally not going to read The Hunger Games. I hated the popularity it had received. I'm the type of reader that enjoys reading for personal reasons, not because the whole world loves the book! I also hate reading the book AFTER it has reached fame because it usually takes out the personal aspect of reading for me. But wow, this book was amazing. I'm glad my friends persuaded stubborn me into reading it! Although it had many characters, they all had a personal attachment with the reader, even if that attachment was one of hate, however it was never possible to completely hate a character! Oddly, Haymitch reminded me of Morrie, from Mitch Albom's Tuesday's with Morrie (one of my all time favourite books). Rue and Cinna were two of my other favourite characters. The book was so well thought out, even if you knew what was going to happen, you still enjoyed it when it occured! It's a great read and I can't wait to get started on the next one!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great writing This book had me hooked and I couldn't stop reading. I love the political side of it where the hunger games are merely a spectator sport for the wealthy, much to the demise of the poor working class.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever favourite I've read this book countless times and it's always as good as the first time that I read it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Wonderful story telling and characters that are unforgettable, this book will keep you turning pages at lightning speed.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was so well written with an interesting concept. I loved reading it, it took me less than a day!! Excited to read the rest of them.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginning to the Trilogy This was definitely my favourite book in the trilogy. I loved the series, but this one was just the most fluid in terms of plot, and the character development was the clearest. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book!! I liked reading this book even though it took me a while to finish it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing read You must read this series! So worth your while and you wont be able to put it down. Make sure you have all three books so you can keep reading!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Amazing! This book was captivating from start to finish. Must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Read it in a day, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! i loved all 3 of them hunger games is life!!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well-written but I didn't enjoy it The Hunger Games is one of the most popular books to this day. I never understood the hype. I have read so many books with a similar idea and I couldn't really find myself enjoying this book or find myself being attached to any of the characters. The idea of randomly selecting people and getting them to kill each other is an overused idea in so many books and this wasn't special in any way. I can't deny that the book was written well though, and the cover art is great.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No question: SO GOOD The Hunger Games is loved because it stands as a very unique piece of teen fiction. Loved the writing/world building and the characters are phenomenal. Still enjoyable even if you have watched the movies.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! very much love this book.. the story is great and the cover as well... If you want to own this book series, I recommend buying the paperback instead of the hardcover... easier to bring around and you surely will read it over and over.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This was a hard to put down book very fast read, hard at some points but very good
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite. This book really got me into the Dystopian genre. I've read it four times.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistently one of my favorites! I first read this book when it cam out, and I have read it at least 15 times since! It never disappoints!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total worth reading! Many people don't bother with reading the book because of the movie. However, I read this before the movie came out and absolutely loved it! There is so much more detail in the book and is absolutely worth a read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book was amazing. I couldn't stop reading it until I was completely finished. Such great writing and details turned into this very thrilling book. Definitely a must read for all!!!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic Everyone knows about this book and the hype surrounding it. If you haven't read this book already I really recommend that you do because the book is so detailed where you can imagine yourself in that world and get yourself lost in it. The characters are very brave and are very inspiring. This book is truly about learning about yourself and standing up for what you believe in.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE If you haven't read this book yet, you need to make some time. If you loved or even liked the movie, the book is still worth reading. There is so much more information and story that you really need to know about. And once you do, the film will be even better. Do it.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Very original, I loved how it was written though I'm not sure whether it needed to be stretched into three books.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series Love this series and the movies. Couldn't put it down and immediately had to buy the other two to keep reading.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from May the odds be ever in your favour Young adult dystopian fiction at its best. Are the ideas totally original? Probably not. Could the writing be a bit better? Probably. Did I devour this book anyway? Absolutely. Don't. Other with the movie, just read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is AMAZING. Once you pick it up there's no way you're going to be able to put it down. It keeps you on the edge the entire time.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! My daughter introduced this to me, and it was truly interesting, disturbing concept. The story was outstanding and I loved the simplicity of the cover.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than The Movie Bought this book before the movie came out and i am glad i did. The novel is so much better than the book and it feels as though you are more connected to the characters than in the movie. Great summer read.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! It will leave you hungry for more. Trust me.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall great Great book to read in the summer
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Definitely an interesting read. I read this a couple years ago, but I remember not being able to put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Books When I was 14, I was quite a shy, introverted girl who had a lot of friends but preferred, a lot of the times, to be alone. In this way, Katniss was a very relatable character to me. Let me start out by saying that this is one of the many strengths of this book. Katniss is real. I know that's said a lot about many characters, but this time, it's true. Katniss doesn't want to be a hero, she wants to keep herself and her loved ones safe. She's not a hunter because she's a badass, she's a hunter because that's how she keeps herself and her family alive. She has flaws that are genuine; they're not cute things like being utterly clumsy and having everyone think "awe, shucks, isn't she adorable?" She's can be selfish, impulsive, and frustrating, but she's also loyal, brave, and understanding. As the series progresses, she has moments where she's broken, and that seems to bother many people, but I love the fact that she's not a superhero. That's not what she wanted to be and, to be honest, I wouldn't want that for myself either. On top of that, the other characters are developed wonderfully (especially Peeta Mellark, who is the sweetest and least-douchey love interest I've ever read about in novel) and the plot is fast-paced and has a little bit of everything. 5 years after having first read the book and I still love it. Incredibly rereadable. Completely worth buying. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first fandom The hunger games is easily on my top ten list on book series and has been there for me when I was little and was my first ever book series that I have read in my life, I continue to read this book series EVERY SINGLE NOVEMBER because of the movie anniversary and even though there are no more movies or books to look forward to anymore with the hunger games, It still gives me a shock every time I read it and has multiple dents on it from when I threw it across the room. Thanks Suzanne!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Over all It is a good book, but the idea isn't very new or unique, it's basically like every other YA dystopian novel. But i will say it's much better then the movies and while it's nothing new it is good, nothing to rave about though.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my fave This book is actually the one that made me discover my passion for reading, a great place to start if you never read YA novels before.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the hype The Hunger Games is one of those books that is legit worth the hype. It is basically a bunch of ideas in a blender (Battle Royale, reality TV, classic dystopia), but it makes its own story out of it. (Seriously, there are not a lot of completely original ideas in literature, so holding that against this book seems weird.) Part of what makes that story so strong is the protagonist, Katniss, who is full of rough edges but is real and compelling. Another part is the fantastic present-tense action sequences. There are a couple of places where the writing is could've been better in this first book (the hallucination sequence is better in the movie; the part at the end where stuff just gets told to Katniss for a while could've been done better) but the pacing and the intensity of this novel really make it work regardless of bumps in the road. Would recommend this (and Catching Fire is an excellent sequel).
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action PACKED The Hunger Games is a great book. The book is written by Suzanne Collins. It was published in September of 2008 by Scholastic Press. In the book, every year a teen boy and a teen girl are selected from all the 12 districts to compete in The Hunger Games. They compete in a closed off arena. The Games are a nationally televised event where Tributes have to fight each other to the death. The Games are played against highly trained Tributes who have trained their entire life to fight. The Hunger Games is all about hiding and fighting. If you win you get food since food is expensive. The only way to lose is if you die. When someone is killed they clean up the kill by sending a hovercraft from the Capitol and using a claw attached to the hovercraft to take away the body. Then a cannon goes off to notify the remaining fighters how many fighters are left. Then at night they recap all the kills on a T.V. broadcast from the Capitol. (The Capitol controls all of the weather and obstacles are.) Katniss, the main character, is the girl tribute from district 12. Her partner, also from district 12, is Peeta. There are 24 tributes in total. District 12 has a knowledgeable leader, but he is almost always drunk. The Hunger Games is a great book because it has lots of action. The tributes are killing each other. It also has lots of action because the weather can get very cold and hot. I like reading about how the tributes handle the weather by finding shelter in cold and the heat. Another example of the action is when the Capitol sends the obstacles like killer wolves with the parts of a dead tribute attached. What I don’t really like about the book is how the Katniss and Peeta don’t kill a lot of tributes. I wanted them to kill more people. Another thing I don’t like is how the capitol does not send more obstacles. Because of they did it would be interesting to watch how they would handle the obstacles. I wanted to see UAV launching out meteors or missiles that don’t do much damage. Over all I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 because I find most of the content is packed with lots of action.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! This is very different from what I normally read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is very easy to fall in love with the characters. I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Of course it is extremely popular because of the movie, but even before the movie it was an amazing book. It is my favourite in the series. You fall in love with the characters and you fall into the book as well.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved these books! a must read! I bought these books as soon as they came out and could not put them down! A must read for all ages.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful! So boring! Defiantly not a book I enjoyed! You can spend your time reading better books.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of hunger games series The book is far more horrifying than the movie could portray. I enjoyed all three books in this series.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!. I LOVE this book series more than anything else in the world! I am so obsessed with it I can't stop thinking about it! Suzanne Collins takes us to another world and let's us feel like we are living in it. She makes us cry,she makes us scream with joy (or frustration.) But in the end we all enjoy the books and recommend it to other people and just become amazed with it. Thank you Suzanne Collins for writing this amazing,awesome,breath taking book series!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I lovvvvvvvvvvvved it! This book and the rest of the series was great.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hunger Games It was a great book, it had a thousand twists and turns.With danger and exitement lurking around every corner, I just could not stop reading this book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book you won't want to put down! Devoured all three books in the series. Loved the characters, loved the story line. Found it difficult to find another book to read after I finished the series because nothing held my interest the way these books did. Just started reading them for the second time and they are just as good as the first time was.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They are beaten, not broken As reviewed on KayFrayBooks Obviously, a great deal has already been said about The Hunger Games. I’m sure that every aspect of the book has been picked apart, examined, and analyzed. I am not a literary expert. The closest I have come to studying literature is a few college courses required for graduation and an unhealthy addiction to reading. This book sat in my to-be-read pile for quite some time. It was a gift from my sister-in-law, and really just didn’t appeal to me. It wasn’t until my husband read it while we were on vacation, and loved it, that I decided to give it a chance. My husband does not enjoy reading. In the 10 years that we have been together, I have seen him read 7 books; three of which are the Hunger Games Trilogy. So, for it to hold his interest and then get a thumbs up, I knew it had to be something special. It was. The writing is simple without being juvenile. That is a trick not mastered by most who write YA novels from the first person point of view. It has to be descriptive enough to pull you in, but simple enough that it is believable to have it coming from the mind of Katniss. You could feel how dismal and depressing the districts were. But you also saw their culture, and the ways that they have managed to find joy. They are beaten, not broken, and that is perhaps the most important distinction one can make about The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how i liked it This book has lots of action. It was really exciting. It has a storyline and a very good climax.This book is very good.I encourage a lot of people to read it.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Catchy and intriguing title While the book was well written and often suspenseful, it was extremely violent and depressing in content. The post apocalypse world is controlled by madmen who demand the deaths of 23 young people per year to control the loyalty of the population. The sacrifice of the youths is presented as a game that has handlers and support staff not unlike what a modern beauty pageant has. The underlying paranoia of government in our society is exaggerated to create the conflict in the story. The attendant love story gets awkward at times and I found myself frustrated with the protagonists. Overall, the book has merit as social commentary and entertainment for those who can tolerate what seems like gratuitous violence.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesomse book Despite being a bit dark times, this was a great book.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger Games Great book! this place were game called the hunger games happen every year. Two people from each 12 districs compet in an arena fighting and killing each other until there is only one person left.that person will win money. Ages 9 and up wil love this book!(itz not that violent frm what u heard from me!) [:
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hunger Games The hunger games is a really good book.You should read it. In the book I like how the characters act.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Loved it!!!
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! One of the best books I've ever read. I recommed it totally to people ages 10 and up! If you don't like romance, blood, or gore, you probably shouldn't read this
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is incredible!!! I thought that this book was incredible!Like super incredible so thats why I vote 5 stars so good!!!
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is full of drama and it is overall a great book i would recomend reading it and if you are a action lover this book is right for you
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved it! Great and exciting read! I've read this over and over again. The movie is no comparison to the book.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book Very unique chain of events draws you in more after every chapter, this book has good suspenseful events throughout the entire story
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! Not only is this story excruciatingly boring (because it is, in fact, a snooze-worthy novel to try to read), but it is so terrible in subject matter that this is darker than any horror story ever made. When you give your child a copy of this book, you are giving them a story where kids get in an arena and kill one another for the entertainment of the adults in the world. It's not just bad, it's sick! How did this ever make it past the censors?
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book! A book that you can't stop reading! Loved it! Simple to read, good story & really well thought and thrilling.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is action packed and full of crazy events! it alwahd will keep you on the edge of your seet and you will always want to keep reading it
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The hunger games THIS book is awsome!!! i l0ved it im gonna give it five stars (= THX|!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just read it. This book is amazing!
Date published: 2014-11-06
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: 2014-07-15
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: 2014-02-02
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: 2013-06-16
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: 2013-06-12
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: 2013-05-14
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: 2013-04-15
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: 2013-04-06
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: 2013-01-22
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: 2012-11-27
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: 2012-10-10
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: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Grabbed my attetion from the get go. Not crazy about ghe voice reading though.
Date published: 2012-08-21
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: 2012-08-15
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: 2012-08-03
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: 2012-08-02
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: 2012-07-16
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: 2012-07-04
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: 2012-06-18
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: 2012-06-14
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: 2012-06-04
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: 2012-05-14
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: 2012-05-13
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: 2012-05-12
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: 2012-05-09
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: 2012-05-02
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: 2012-05-01
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: 2012-05-01
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: 2012-04-29
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: 2012-04-29
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: 2012-04-25
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: 2012-04-24
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: 2012-04-18
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: 2012-04-17
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: 2012-04-12
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: 2012-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Such a great book, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2012-04-03
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: 2012-03-28
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: 2012-03-25
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: 2012-03-22
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: 2012-03-22
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: 2012-03-21
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: 2012-03-15
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: 2012-03-15
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: 2012-03-14
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: 2012-03-12
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: 2012-03-12

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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