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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (edition 2012)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Large Print Press (2012), Edition: Lrg, Paperback, 486 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Loved this book.It was completely original and imaginative, and it also was able to make social commentaries in the process. The whole idea of a "Hunger Game" is brilliant and captivating. The arena scenes were so suspenseful and scary that I breezed through it. I definitely think the series is worth the hype and even enjoyed the second book just s much as the first one. The idea of the districts being run by the dictatorial "capitol" is also amazing. It drew some parallels to current society and the fight against social injustice. The intricacy of the games was perfect and the maturity of the writing and content made it even more relevant and interesting to me. I would recommend this for any teen or adult!
  TimSher | Jan 22, 2015 |
This Book has much better detail than the movie! ( )
  Emma_G | Jan 21, 2015 |
Leest lekker weg. nu kan ik de film ook eens gaan kijken. ( )
  davidakachaos | Jan 20, 2015 |
This novel was as intense and suspenseful as it was exciting. It follows the life of teenage girl Katniss Everdeen, from her time in District 12 to her stint in the Hunger Games. The book takes place in the future, in a country located where the United States of America used to be. The government is a corrupt dictatorship that forces a boy and a girl from each of the districts in the country (there are twelve districts) to participate in an event known a the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, the participants fight to the death, and the last person alive is declared the winner. The focus of the story is Katniss' experience in the Hunger Games and how it changes her. The literary work showcases a motif of defiance throughout the story.
In my opinion, this is a captivating novel. It has every key quality that makes a story great: drama, suspense, action, and a deeper meaning. The characters are believeable, and although there are some instances where the realm of realism is stretched, nothing is too exaggerated or far fetched. The plot has plenty of surprises and twists and the book is overall very interesting to read. There are no boring sections in the book. Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job with this novel, and I would definitely read more of her books in the future. This book, along with the other two books in the series, are must reads for anyone looking for a new book to open up.
  skypalat | Jan 19, 2015 |
The hunger games is a book about a girl and boy fighting for there lives against 22 other people 11 are boys and 11 are girls the main characters are Catniss Everdean and Peeta Malarkey. The plot of the story is america has been devastated by natural disasters so the country had to unite under Panam the new country but its not exactly a good place they are run by a government the rules by force and there are 13 districts at least there was until the 13th rebeled and was extinguished. and now to punish the people and never let this happen again they have an annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is when 2 people are selected from each district and are to fight in an arena to the death. The winner gets to live in paradise and his district gets food and oil to last them a year because all the districts are VERY poor. In the story Catniss and Peeta are selected to fight. When you are selected you go live in the Capital or there country's Capital and are interviewed and trained to fight. After a week they go to the arena to fight Catniss and Peeta are from the same district so they make an alliance to survive but when they get split up Peeta has to break it and go with a different group. They finally meet back up and work together again. Once again they split up and Catniss finds a young girl who is about 12 the starting age for the games and Catniss tries to help her until she dies. Finally in the end Catniss and Peeta are the only 2 left but there can only be 1 winner so they decide to both die until the game controllers allow both of them to win the government doesn't like this so they keep both of them in the capital. Peeta and Catniss develop a love for each other to.

The reason why i gave this book this rating is because i liked this book. I liked it because when i read it i got a heart for it it made my emotions go all over the place mad sad happy. It also was very action packed which is something i like in a book. I cant wait till i read the sequel. Another reason why i liked this book is that it kept my attention. Its very important that a book keeps my attention because i lose interest fast. I hop others will enjoy this book as much as i did. ( )
  nicholasvb1 | Jan 13, 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.
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.

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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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