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The Hunger Games (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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36,639279717 (4.38)2 / 2002
Member:LavendarBlue
Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2008), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Loved the movie and then read the book. Both fantastic and griping. The book helps explain some things that you don't get while watching the movie.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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    notemily: A similar oppressive government, with a mysterious place "outside" the dystopia that may or may not exist.
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    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.
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This was a powerful story, Katniss must participate in what is known as the "Hunger Games", a yearly tournament that takes place in a future America. This is an engaging story that is both heart-breaking and quick moving. The scene in which Katniss offers to take her sister's place is powerful and moving. Katniss is also a very well developed character. We learn much about her and how her environment has shaped her. This is also a great novel in showing us what could happen in the future if we forget our past. This book is a must for every school library because of its popularity and message. ( )
  erikmurri | Apr 14, 2015 |
This scientific fictional book is about Katniss Everdeen who is forced to fight for a fight for death competition against other children. Each child represents the district they come from. In Panem, where the setting is, the children are hiding from each other and on the look to hunt each other. The gamemakers are staying alert to throw challenges at the "players". Katniss and Peeta work together and the game rules change so they can have a co-victory. ( )
  BayleeWestrick | Apr 13, 2015 |
I read this book for a literature class. I found it to be much more than I had expected. There is so much symbolism and truth in this book. Katniss’s relationship with Gale is one that was based on true friendship. Katniss was not a trusting person, and it took a while before she felt she could trust Gale. Once this trust was established, she was able to be herself around him, and believed they worked better as a team. When she was in the forest with Gale, she smiled, and this was not something that Katniss did often. She did not seem to be romantically inclined toward him, even thinking the idea of running away together was preposterous, yet while she was in the arena, she thought of him often, and even wished he were with her. She questioned whether or not there might be more to their relationship, than she had previously thought.

I found it quite difficult to decide, whether I wanted Gale or Peeta to end up with Katniss, because they both had strong feelings for her, and would do anything for her, including die.

This novel portrays a corrupt government, with inequality, and the entertainment factor is disturbing. You were able to see this through this, to the novel that it is. You saw the greed and corruption in this story, and how it brings out the obsession in our culture for reality TV, and how something as horrific as the hunger games, is televised for all to watch; the gorier the better.

I found that the romantic tension, helped me read further, because without it there would be no kind emotions in this book at all. ( )
  Spiritus3 | Apr 7, 2015 |
This Science Fiction book is about a girl who volunteers herself in place of her sister at the annual reaping. She then must fight against the other districts in an attempt to survive. ( )
  ebecker13 | Apr 6, 2015 |
Amazing! ( )
  Audri-Anne | Apr 6, 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
Paracchini, FabioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Happy hunger games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Dedication
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.
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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.

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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:23 -0400)

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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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