The Hunger Games (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Hunger Games Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature.
- Published: 03 July 2010
- Format: Paperback 374 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780439023528 ISBN 10: 0439023521
- Sales rank: 25
Reviews for The Hunger Games
Do yourself a favour
AND READ THIS SERIES!!
SIMPLY AWESOME - COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN. by Sharon Werka
It is simply amazing, one of my favourite books so far. by Julia
I couldn't stop reading it! The book keeps you in suspense all the time! I had started it in the morning and by the night I've finished it.
If you are looking for adventure and romance, here's the right choice for you! by Daphne
A great read
When I tell you what The Hunger Games trilogy is about, you might question my judgement.
It's set in a futuristic world where the Capitol reigns supreme over the oppressed Districts 1 to 12.
To keep them in their place, each year the Capitol selects two children from each District - one boy and one girl - to compete in an annual reality television show.
Their mission: To kill the other contestants. Last child standing wins.
Despite this macabre premise, The Hungers Games trilogy - consisting of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay - is a compelling read with a serious message about war.
It's teen fiction in the same vein as John Marsden's Tomorrow When The War Began series.
While written for a younger audience, The Hunger Games appeals across age groups. I have a number of friends in their 20s and 30s who devoured all three books at rapid pace.
This is partly because it's an easy read, partly due to the strangely gripping plotline and partly due to author Suzanne Collins' ability to end chapters with cliffhangers that leave you wanting more.
You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.com by Louise Marsh
Not a great read
I read the trilogy after a recommendation from a friend. I knew nothing about it before reading it. Had I known that it was a cross between 1984 and Lord of the Flies I never would have bothered. I'm sure if you like deeply depressing and disturbing science fiction novels you may enjoy it, otherwise don't waste your time.
I don't find it to be that well written either and the story is full of holes.
On the positive side, it is suspenseful and you will find it difficult to put down. by Karla Poulton
The country of Panem consists of 13 districts, out of which 12 still stand. 13th was eradicated after the rebellion towards the Capitol, and ever since - to keep remaining districts in line - the Capitol throws The Hunger Games. A girl and boy are from each District is picked to play through lottery - play until only one of the 24 players is alive. The players must be between 12 and 18 years old.
In District 12 Katniss has learned to survive and provide for her family after her father's death by hunting outside the fence, which is illegal, but has fed her mother and her little sister Prim. As the Hunger Games lottery day is upon them, it is Prim who's name is pulled out and Katniss cannot see any other way to save her sister except take her place in the games. Katniss is joined by Peeta a baker's son, and together, yet apart, they have to face the games.
The world is gritty dystopian, where the ruling class rules and the people follow. The mandatory Hunger Games is a disgusting idea, setting people against each other, no setting kids, against each other.
Modern society, atleast western, sees this as such a taboo that I can see why this book is so popular. I mean what would you do? Could you enter the games and not kill if your life depended on it? Could you defend yourself till death? Could you stay invisible and wait until others finish themselves off? How would you survive being hunted? Would you come out of it sane if you did win?
Wonderfully written, engaging and colored beautifully with survival vs. morals. This book has me complitely addicted, and cannot wait to read the second instalment! I have had this book on the back of my mind since Stephanie Meyer recommend it to her fans few years back. I can see why she was excited about it as well.
I'd like to think I'd have the strength Katniss has if I'd be in her shoes. If the world would collapse back to early 1900's and became a police state I hope I'd be able to handle myself. That is the kind of ideas this book gives, and I think people learning to hunt or gather thanks to this book may actually save some lives which is great accomplishment.
If you haven't read this book yet, do so, it's amazing! by Niina Cunder review
We purchased this book for our 11 yo daughter. She started reading it but suggested we have a look at it after 50 pages or so. I found it disturbing and tossed it in the trash. Kids killing each other, what an evil theme. I cannot believe this sort of garbage is recommended for kids. by Miss Isabel O'Brien
- Top review
Something more than mere YA fiction
Katniss is a 16 year old hunter in a post-apocalyptic America where there are 12 Districts completely subjected to the government. Every year, each district arbitrary selects a boy and a girl between 12 and 18 to be taken to the Capital city to fight til death, only one of them can survive. How can you manage to survive? Is there happiness when winning after killing 23 people?
First of all, I was not really attracted to the book since it is catalogued as YA fiction and I'm usually much more into classics or more political works (you all know I love complaining, right?). But I decided to give this book a try, in fact, it is the first one I borrowed from my local library in almost ten years. First I started reading, then I could not put the book down even when it was 2 in the morning and I desperately neeed to have some sleep. The story is so rythmical you never lose interest plus, Katniss is such a great, strong, female role model that you want to know more about her, you want to keep admiring her strength (and you wished you were like her any time in your life.)
Also, the novel is allegorical of nowadays USA (or any other developed country): poverty coexists along with extravagance, luxury with survival... But I also think it is critical of reality shows and how the audience demands something a little bit more personal and cruel every year.
Highly recommended summer reading. by Elena
Really good read
I had seen this book on several bestseller lists but had never really paid too much attention to it given I don't normally read YA fiction. Several people recommended it to me and I am so glad I picked it up to read it.
I definitely would recommend this story to anyone, it had me hooked from the first chapter. The premise of this book is an interesting one, set in a dystopian society where each year a male and female child are selected from each of the 12 "districts" to literally fight to the death in a live televised event. ***Spoiler alert*** When Katniss' younger sister's name is called, she immediately volunteers to take her place.
This is an addicting novel, and I would highly recommend it. I would also recommend you have the second (Catching Fire) and third (Mockingjay) novels on hand once you've finished this one. You will definitely want to know what happens next once you've finished this novel! by Lauren
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com
Twenty-four children: twelve boys, twelve girls, tributes selected by random lottery every year and sent to the capitol city of Panem to compete in a brutal, bloodthirsty fight for survival, with the last participant standing declared champion.
Welcome to the Hunger Games, a grim reminder to those living in the twelve districts comprising what was once the United States of their place as virtual slaves to the gleaming Capitol at their center.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is this year's female representative for District 12, having volunteered to take her younger sister Prim's place. Sent to the arena with the baker's son and classmate, Peeta Mellark -- a boy who, several years prior, saved Kat and her family from the ravages of starvation after her father's death in a coal mining accident -- neither competitor from the final district seem to be contenders.
But Peeta's good nature and Kat's small stature belie the former's cunning intelligence and the latter's experience as a hunter; while a revelation from Peeta during the introductory ceremonies sends Katniss into the first day of competition more than a little off-kilter.
The stage is set, the tributes have arrived, and the cameras are watching...let the games begin.
It is no exaggeration to call THE HUNGER GAMES a pulse-pounding page-turner. Collins grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. While Katniss isn't always the most likable character (in fact, there were plenty of times I much preferred the affable Peeta, or even sweet, birdlike little Ruth), she is always compelling, thanks to her rational approach to every challenge and her dogged determination.
While THE HUNGER GAMES is a plot-driven novel, the characters and their relationships are the heart of the story. Ms. Collins has created a dystopian tale of Orwellian caliber for young adults, giving any reader plenty to churn their minds between now and the next installment of this trilogy.
My only complaint is having to wait for the next installment.
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo