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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (ekissel)
  2. 482
    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (Kira, k1tsune)
    Kira: Battle Royale is more violent and lengthy but has a similar plot, with a class of children randomly selected each year to fight classmates to the death.
    k1tsune: Very similar.
  3. 529
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (writecathy)
  4. 5111
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (elephantshoe, TheDivineOomba, notemily, electronicmemory)
    elephantshoe: futuristic world again, but the teens have to compete and fight to the death in a televised reality show.
    notemily: A similar oppressive government, with a mysterious place "outside" the dystopia that may or may not exist.
  5. 342
    Divergent by Veronica Roth (foggidawn, anytsuj, readr, Tsana)
    readr: Both stories feature a young woman fighting to survive in a brutal situation.
    Tsana: Similar dystopian teenager must fight the system YA book.
  6. 4513
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (redpersephone, FFortuna)
    redpersephone: For adult or late teen fans, this has a female protagonist living in a dystopia where everyone has his or her own motives and secrets. Less gore, more sex.
    FFortuna: The Handmaid's Tale is more adult, but really not by much. They're very similar dystopias and both feature excellent, deep-first-person narratives.
  7. 290
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner (smammers, christmas6391, BrrgleBee)
    christmas6391: "Teenagers thrown into a hostile environment with no way out because of their corrupt societies," can be used to describe both of these books. The difference? In The Maze Runner, none of them remember anything before waking up in the maze.
  8. 301
    Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden (BookLizard)
    BookLizard: The Hunger Games and Tomorrow, When the War Began have the same kind of feel - technically they're Science Fiction novels, but they feel more like survival stories with a bit of romance mixed in. I highly recommend both series.
  9. 314
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (librarymeg, FantasyGirl2, saltypepper)
    saltypepper: The heroines' voices are very similar, maybe due to their similar response to the awful circumstances they find themselves in.
  10. 262
    Matched by Ally Condie (Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: Both books feature central heroines living in dystopian worlds that aren't quite what they seem. They each have an engaging romance and a story that digs behind the curtain of the society their characters live in.
  11. 274
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (SandSing7)
  12. 318
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TheDivineOomba)
  13. 233
    The Long Walk by Stephen King (LadyHazy)
    LadyHazy: (not for young adult readers though, it's a lot more violent)
  14. 192
    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Bitter_Grace)
  15. 161
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman (KenJenningsFan74)
  16. 152
    The Running Man by Stephen King (MyriadBooks, levasssp)
    levasssp: similar plot. The Running Man is a TV gameshow that pits one man against hunters in an arena. If he makes it to the end alive, he wins.
  17. 3826
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (caroljeanr)
    caroljeanr: survival skills,thinking your way out of a problem
  18. 110
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (VaterOlsen)
  19. 111
    Feed by M. T. Anderson (VaterOlsen)
  20. 1910
    1984 by George Orwell (GabbyReElle)

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Though fiction, this book is written in a manner that is totally believable. I found it thought provoking. The well developed characters and the state of their domicile draws the reader into their world and demands total attention. It's a book that I found hard to put down. This is the first of three in the series, and when I finished it,I was very happy to have a second and then a third novel to follow the lives and adventures of the characters. ( )
  KarensStories | Apr 22, 2014 |
I usually stay away from anything that could be considered sci-fi or fantasy. This one really sucked me in. I haven't enjoyed the second book nearly as much. ( )
  saradiann | Apr 21, 2014 |
A nice YA with dystopia elements. A quick read but don't start reading if you are not expecting to read the second and third. The story ends in a cliffhanger.

This novel reminds me of Battle Royale and the Running Man by Stephen King but it's nice nevertheless. A dystopia world where a city called Capitol controls twelve areas and each are must pay tribute to it. Some gems, others mining material, others food or timber and so on. And most importantly, as a reminder of who rules each area must send two young teens to fight in the Hunger Games. And only one can survive.

The main character is Katniss a 16yrs old girl who in my opinion is a weak character. It seems that everything happens to benefit her. In a way Peeta (another character who embarks on the games) helps her a lot. Even others from other cities help her. I think she is carried by some characters and that is a weak female role but the writer is a female so...

The Games themselves occupied half the book. The rest is divided between the life before the lottery and the Capitol training for each participant. It's like a reality show but it ends with death.

Peeta is a great character and in my opinion the only one with human feelings. Katniss is a suspicion as hell never giving much. Maybe the charactes will chance in the second and third book.

If the writer killed Peeta in the latter books I will probably stop reading them. Because he is the main reason I love the books...

PS: I must see the movie.
PS2: You like dystopias novels? Then read this one. It's not wasted time but it's not the best out there but is not the worst. ( )
  chevalierdulys | Apr 21, 2014 |
I do confess to a certain reluctance to read books which get huge. Most often because I don't think they measure up to the hype. The Hunger Games is not a book to fall into the category. A mix of apocalypse, dystopia, and reality shows taken to their logical conclusion, The Hunger Games is also well-written with engaging characters and more than enough action to keep you up much later than you ever intend. And my biggest compliment: I want to read Catching Fire. As soon as possible. ( )
  quantumbutterfly | Apr 20, 2014 |
The Hunger Games describes a post apacolyptic, dystopian society named Panem where there is a ruling Capitol and 12 districts. Every year, a boy and a girl, ages 12-18, from each district are chosen to battle to the death, ala Battle Royale, until one is left standing. The narrator, Katniss Everdeen, goes in place for her younger sister.

Honestly, I had the audiobook of this so I felt like I liked it more than I would have. It has a very slow start up to the actual games themselves. I thought, at times, if the games were going to be an actual part of it. But once the games begin, it is very exciting, complelling, bloody, gory, and heartbreaking.

Sometimes Katniss got annoying. As smart as she was, she was so daft! Peeta could do better. I like the whole fake/real love story aspect of it. I am not a fan of love stories so sprinklings of it would suffice.

Anyway, I did enjoy this book and I can't wait to listen to the next one. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
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The concept of the book isn’t particu­larly original — a nearly identical premise is explored in “Battle Royale,” a won­drously gruesome Japanese novel that has been spun off into a popular manga series.

Nor is there anything spectacular about the writing — the words describe the action and little else. But the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins’s convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine. In fact, by not calling attention to itself, the text disappears in the way a good font does: nothing stands between Katniss and the reader, between Panem and America.
added by Aerrin99 | editNew York Times, John Green (Nov 7, 2008)
The Hunger Games isn't exactly a deep work of literature, but it is a fun, exciting adventure story with a cool, believable female hero. And a entertainingly bleak, dystopian world with just enough of a reflection of our own reality to be thought-provoking. And most of all, a media-savvy story of on-camera slaughter by a former television professional. Good stuff, check it out.
As negative Utopias go, Suzanne Collins has created a dilly. The United States is gone. North America has become Panem, a TV-dominated dictatorship run from a city called the Capitol. The rest of Panem is divided into 12 Districts (the former 13th had the bad judgment to revolt and no longer exists).

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Collins, Suzanneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paracchini, FabioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Totth BenedekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
Když se probouzím, druhá strana postele je chladná. Natahuji prsty směrem k Priminu teplu, ale nahmatám pouze hrubý plátěný povlak matrace. Určitě měla zlé sny a vlezla si k matce. Není divu. Dnes je Den sklizně.
She reaches in, digs her hand deep into the ball, and pulls out a slip of paper. The crowd draws in a collective breath and then you can hear a pin drop, and I’m feeling nauseous and so desperately hoping that it’s not me, that it’s not me, that it’s not me.
As long as you can find yourself, you'll never starve.
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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 districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place 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.

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Children selectedAgainst nature and young foesArena death match
You love your neighbor
Unless your life is at stake
In that case.... they die!
Death of young children
Make a book and a movie
Oh well, When in Rome
Katniss and Peets
Compete in the Hunger Games:
One winner allowed.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439023483, Hardcover)

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.… (more)

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