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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (edition 2010)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12 known for their poor conditions, They also support the capital, which controls all the districts. Every year the capital takes a boy and girl (from ages 12-18) in every district to come together and fight in an arena. Prim (Katniss sister) was picked and instantly Katniss volunteered which surprised all the districts, and was then forced to fight a boy, named Peeta, that saved her life when she was starving. After being shown to all the districts she is sent to practice and show the gamekeepers her abilities. She shoots an apple right next to the lead gamekeeper and scores an 11. They are later put in the arena where Katniss has to survive with nothing but her wits and climbing. After hours she already is being hunted down by the capital districts and Peeta which joined them. She gets burned by a fire and is sent some fast aloe. She climbs a tree to escape the capitals and they stay there waiting for her to come down. As they sleep, she cuts a poisinous wasp called a Tracker Jacker's nest down and it kills all of them but Peeta. In effort to get away she grabs a bow and gets away but is confused because she was stung. She meets a girl about Prim's age ang instantly becomes friends until Rue (the girl) died terribly.She finds Peeta and they fall in love. The gamemakers then changed the rules to two winners if they are both in the same district. As the other tributes die they are both left. Right after the gamemakers changed it back to one winner. Katniss and Peeta both pretend to eat the berries on the count of three, and the gamemakers make the rule change again and they one. Which made President Snow angry.

Readers should read this book because it's filled with action and cute moments. The way Suzanne Collins made this book she made it so you wont put it down until you know Katniss is alright. The fact that Katniss is the one that mostly takes care of her family and then is taken away because she knew her sister was going to die warms the heart. In the intense part Katniss still finds away. Suzanne also made sure it wasn't full on 100% action she made sure it had some humor in it, which makes you smile! However there is some parts where it is just terrible and makes you feel sad Other than that this is a great book and will make you sit on the edge of the seat! ( )
  CaitlynO.B1 | May 28, 2015 |
The Hunger games about a girl named Katniss that lives in a world of poverty. There are twelve districts that are part of the Capitol. the Capitol is the head of the government. Katniss is part of district 12 ,the district responsible for coal. Every year there is an annual "Hunger Games" where children from ages 12 to 18 fight for life. The capitol says it is to "prevent war". There are different settings each year. Katniss' sister gets picked to go. Katniss with no thought volunteers herself to take place of her sister, Prim. Her and Peeta Mallark are taken to the Capitol and go through training .When they are in the arena everyone tries to kill Katniss because she is the most talented and is most likely to survive, and Peeta makes allies with the people who want to kill her. Everyone ends up getting killed except for Peeta and Katniss. They tell the whole entire audience watching that they are "in love" to make them send things to keep them alive. Katniss and Peeta try and play the Capitol by both eating poisonous berries at the same time so they could both win. They both won and were sent back to the Capitol.

I think the Hunger Games is a three and a half. It was boring for me in the beginning because nothing was happening. In the beginning, it was just going on and on about their life. When the fighting started was when it got interesting. People were doing anything to stay alive while being careless to the fact that everyone else is a human too. There were interesting allies and the whole fighting parts were filled with excitement and I like that. I just don't think it deserved a 4 or 5 because it wasn't the best book I have ever read. ( )
  Kaiah.g1 | May 28, 2015 |
Exciting first part of the trilogy. ( )
  NewLiz | May 26, 2015 |
The hunger games is a book about the world in the future where a government controls 11 districts with each district specializing in their own thing. a long time before there were 12 districts the 12 district lead a rebellion but was destroyed and the whole district disappeared. so the government makes the other districts pay a tribute every year to make sure that the other district wont rebel. every year there is something called the hunger games where 2 citizens from each district fight in a death match for fame riches and all the food they could wish which is rare because the districts live in poverty while the capitol flourishes. catniss is the tribute from district 11 and she must fight to win. when she gets to the arena she makes an alliance with a girl who later gets killed in the end her and the 2nd tribute form her district win.

I gave this book a 5 star because it was a different kind of book then all the others. it was the type of book I like action thriller. this book was a mix between sci-fi, action and survival. this book always kept me guessing what would happen next and I was left guessing wrong each time. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did. I wish to read this book again in the near future. ( )
  nicholasvb1 | May 21, 2015 |
Compelling! ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
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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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Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Happy hunger games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
For James Proimos
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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.
"Was that what was in his pack at the feast? Body armor to defend against my arrows? Well, they neglected to send a face guard."
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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.

BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 15.0
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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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