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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Suspensful, great character development, moving. Great story. ( )
  linda.temple | Apr 9, 2014 |
Collins wrote a perfectly paced, thought-provoking novel with lots of surprises and twists that leave the reader breathless. The characters are well-developed and the story is more character driven than plot driven, I believe. It is suspenseful, thrilling, and AMAZING. The audio, narrated by Carolyn McCormick, is fantastic as well, as she reads with perfect cadence and sounds much like I would imagine Katniss sounding (Katniss seems very mature to me, although she is 16 or 17, and the narrator is a grown woman).

This is an audio book I can listen to time and time again. ( )
  ohmira | Apr 3, 2014 |
My experience in the realm of young adult fiction is very limited - I think I've only read one other book. That being said, I had no idea what to expect. If I'm being honest here, I thought I might be exposed to something like Twilight - of which I had no desire. Having not read Twilight, I can't imagine Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games being anything close as I have a hard time believing anyone can truly hate this book.

These kids, they're being forced by a strict repressive government to battle it out to the death with the reason being, "Hey, don't forget who's in charge here people". You have those from the wealthier districts who have trained their whole lives for the chance at glory. The chance to kill those who are being forced to fight. In Collins' vision of the future, humanity has become so jaded, so disgusting that they consider the violent demise of children as entertainment. Even in the end, after the games are over, the thought that over 20 teens being murdered for no beneficial reason, just washes over the citizens of The Capitol. It's a horrifying thought to imagine society degrading to this level - yet really, is it really impossible? With the advent of reality television in the mid-to late 90s and the influx of websites that ridicule people and their misfortune on a daily basis, it appears the feelings of many are irrelevant. With the atrocities being committed overseas in war-torn countries and the fact that little is done by the average citizen in the wealthier nations is a sign that possibly, maybe eventually, this could become a form of entertainment. These aren't real people, they're contestants.

*Ahem* Let me get off my soapbox here.

Sometime in the future - an approx. date is never given, other than that the Hunger Games has been held 70 times previously - North America has been rebuilt after a series of wars and environmental disasters. The continent is now known as Panem and is broken up in to twelve separate districts all surrounding The Capitol. Each district is supported by a core industry (textiles, agriculture, coal, etc), which in turn, supports The Capitol. Over the course of Panem's history, there have been several revolutions in an attempt to overthrow those who maintain an iron fist over the districts but always resulted in failure.

In an effort to show the Districts who's boss, The Capitol instigated The Hunger Games. Each year, two representatives from each District must partake in a giant fight to the death, the winner of which will be the recipient of a much easier life and several gifts for their homeland. The novel follows Katniss Everdeen, a resident of District 12, who along with Peeta Mellark are drafted into the battle.

Katniss is quite the lead character. Collins writes her with such spirit that she is easily one of the strongest female characters I've ever seen. She's a total badass. She hunts, kills and keeps her family alive at the tender age of 16. All that she's learned in her short life transfers well into her quest for survival in the games and you're rooting for her right from the start.

Overall, the novel itself is surprisingly violent. While Collins holds back a little, she still reveals a lot. Many of the deaths are quite descriptive with acts of poisoning, explosion and raw physical contact; this is not a book to be taken lightly. While all of this is happening, Collins writes a love story that eventually takes center stage. While I found some of the dialogue to be a little cheesy, you could probably defend that with Katniss' desire to remain alive.

I'm become enthralled with future fiction heavily influenced by dystopian society, maybe I was a little predisposed to like this than most but I was sucked in from beginning to end. I'd happily recommend this. However, I probably don't even have too. It appears to be one of the most widely read books on this site. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
Suzanne has inspired me to dig a little deeper with my own writing. There are so many beautiful moments of humanity and hope in this brutal world that Suzanne created. Can't wait to read the next two books. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
Suzanne has inspired me to dig a little deeper with my own writing. There are so many beautiful moments of humanity and hope in this brutal world that Suzanne created. Can't wait to read the next two books. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 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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O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
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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.
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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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