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The Hunger Games (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2008), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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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 |
I was very disappointed in The Hunger Games. The writing was simplistic and just awful. The plot was decent and promising but was fairly anti-climatic. I understand this book is targeted for younger readers, but it could of been a lot better and I feel that it had a lot of potential but never went for it. The ending redeems it a little, but not much. I will finish the series, this book did manage to make me interested to see what happens but if the other two books are as plain as this one I don't see them getting higher ratings. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
This book is about a country called Panem. It's separated by 12 districts and a capital. The districts had a fight against the capital. Every year after the war the capital reminds the districts never to do it again by having the annual Hunger games. The Hunger games is when 24 kids between 12 and 18 go into a very dangerous arena. Katniss lives in district 12 and when her sister gets pulled from the reaping ball she volunteers and is about to face the dangers of the Hunger games. I liked this book because the author used words that made you not be able to put the book down. I also liked this book because it had a lot of action and it kept the book moving. I recommend this book to mature readers that understand the meaning of life. ( )
  TBarnet | May 10, 2015 |
An interesting take on a post-Apocalyptic America, but too many plot holes, poor logic, and painful first person narrative for my taste. There are bright points, but the book takes too long to get to the actual Games, and doesn't really offer a strong description of what's going on until the end.

Overall, I question the use of first person here. Some of my favorite books are written in the first person, but this doesn't fit the bill. Katniss frequently jumps from present experience to extensive flashbacks suddenly and without much explanation, making it difficult to keep track of what's going on. I can tell why this is so popular amongst the YA crowd, but still has serious issues. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 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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Epigraph
Happy hunger games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Dedication
For James Proimos
First words
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.
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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.
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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WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.
LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN...


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
(conceptDawg)
You love your neighbor
Unless your life is at stake
In that case.... they die!
(jll112)
Death of young children
Make a book and a movie
Oh well, When in Rome
(jll112)
Katniss and Peets
Compete in the Hunger Games:
One winner allowed.
(passion4reading)

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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