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The Hunger Games (edition 2012)

by Suzanne Collins

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Member:Room5Opua
Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Large Print Press (2012), Edition: Lrg, Paperback, 486 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:dystopia, fantasy, Jeannie, award winner

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games (THG) is an excellent adventure. I listened to the audio-book, expertly read by Carolyn McCormick. I'm not going to give you the blurb, you can read that on THG Goodreads page.

Collins inspiration was two-fold, the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and the history of Ancient Rome. In an interview, Collins said the idea for the book came to her one night when she was channel surfing on TV, between reality TV competitions and the Iraq War. She has cleverly amalgamated the two in telling the story of Katniss Everdeen.

At first I was concerned about the level of violence, then I realised the images kids see on the news now are worse than the violence in THG, not to mention computer games and films.

I wasn't completely addicted until the second half of the book, when Katniss and Peeta are in the midst of the Game. The first half was still very engaging though and plots background that is important for the rest of the story.

The second half of the book is unputdownable, as Katniss battles nature, competitors and sometimes herself in the Arena.

I highly recommend The Hunger Games, it's a ripping yarn. ( )
  Sashshearman | Mar 30, 2015 |
RGG: First in a sci-fi trilogy with the main character a strong-minded teenage girl able to survive the ultimate survival game. Great read if very violent.
  rgruberhighschool | Mar 28, 2015 |
Old review (from 2011):

A post-apocalypses world in which a new country exists in some of the US territories - 13 districts and a capital. By the time the story opens, one of the districts is wiped out from the capital because of a rebellion... and the rest of the districts are forced to send 2 children each every year for the Hunger Games - a Survivor type of a game where you get voted out by being killed... literally.

That's the premise. And the characters do not disappoint - brave or witty - they all just add flesh to the bare bones of the novel.

Of course the novel has its issues -- Katniss never really make any hard choices - she never gets into a situation where she should kill a friend for example -- but that seems to be the usual way for YA novels these days.

Overall a very readable book and I will be picking up the next ones - but probably not for a while - I liked the world and the story but did not fall in love with it. :) ( )
1 vote AnnieMod | Mar 27, 2015 |
I watched the film before I read the book. There's a lot of extra detail in the book that kept me gripped. Even though I knew the outcome, there were still heart-stopping moments, and I enjoyed seeing things unfold through Kastniss' prism of experience. Really well written, and it's great to have a strong female character to root for! ( )
  missizicks | Mar 27, 2015 |
I love this book, and my opinion didn't changed after, before and while I read this book. I thought that it was neat for the author to create a series were there, like the maze runner, has a bunch of teenagers fighting for their life. Now normally I don't love romance in a book, but here it just seemed to fit right in. Like it could be a crime if Suzanne Collins didn't have some "lovey-dovey" action going on. can't wait for the second book to come out!!!! ( )
  JaFi14 | Mar 25, 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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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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