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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1) (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
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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** spoiler alert ** This book certainly lived up to all the hype!

I wasn't too keen on reading this book as it under the "dystopia" genre, and I generally am usually not impressed with those kind of books but The Hunger Games was completely different to what I was expecting.

The story is so absorbing it is literally impossible to put the book down, the only things I could possibly grumble about were the use of the mutt mutations of all the fallen tributes. !?! too far-fetched for my liking, and also Kat's complete unawareness and denial of Peeta's feelings towards her. That annoyed me.

Regardless, the description and story was AMAZING - and all the different characters were really developed and engaging. I can not wait to read the rest of the series!

Right, now to watch the movie adaptation! ( )
  KittyBimble | Feb 12, 2015 |
Read this again after going to see Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters... it was just as good this time around! / nov2014

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original review written march 2012


I was drawn into this book immediately. This book sat on my TBR pile for an extremely long time... I got the book but never seemed to find the time to read it. Once I did pick it up- I didn't put it down! I was pulled in quickly by the dystopian nature and the totalitarian government, as well as the developing characters. I was drawn to Katniss and her strength (and stubbornness) as a female lead- she seemed "real" to me. As the story developed, I was pulled in and became fully engrossed in the story. It was as if I was experiencing the Games myself. I really enjoyed how Collins created such emotion throughout the story... I could really feel the emotions of the characters as well as my own emotions seeping out. There were also epic scenes in the story which created some amazing glued-to-the-page moments. I could easily visualize the scenes as I read through the book- from the Seam to the Capitol to the Arena. Overall, I felt that Collins created a well developed story which catches the audience and pulls him in. Her characters are fully formed and make the reader feel attachments to each- she created characters to love and characters to despise. This book was a wonderful experience and I have been recommending it to everyone. All my students have read the book and are just as hooked on it as I was! A great beginning to a phenomenal trilogy. ( )
  littlebirdreads | Feb 10, 2015 |
Read this again after going to see Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters... it was just as good this time around! / nov2014

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original review written march 2012


I was drawn into this book immediately. This book sat on my TBR pile for an extremely long time... I got the book but never seemed to find the time to read it. Once I did pick it up- I didn't put it down! I was pulled in quickly by the dystopian nature and the totalitarian government, as well as the developing characters. I was drawn to Katniss and her strength (and stubbornness) as a female lead- she seemed "real" to me. As the story developed, I was pulled in and became fully engrossed in the story. It was as if I was experiencing the Games myself. I really enjoyed how Collins created such emotion throughout the story... I could really feel the emotions of the characters as well as my own emotions seeping out. There were also epic scenes in the story which created some amazing glued-to-the-page moments. I could easily visualize the scenes as I read through the book- from the Seam to the Capitol to the Arena. Overall, I felt that Collins created a well developed story which catches the audience and pulls him in. Her characters are fully formed and make the reader feel attachments to each- she created characters to love and characters to despise. This book was a wonderful experience and I have been recommending it to everyone. All my students have read the book and are just as hooked on it as I was! A great beginning to a phenomenal trilogy. ( )
  littlebirdreads | Feb 10, 2015 |
Read this again after going to see Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters... it was just as good this time around! / nov2014

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original review written march 2012


I was drawn into this book immediately. This book sat on my TBR pile for an extremely long time... I got the book but never seemed to find the time to read it. Once I did pick it up- I didn't put it down! I was pulled in quickly by the dystopian nature and the totalitarian government, as well as the developing characters. I was drawn to Katniss and her strength (and stubbornness) as a female lead- she seemed "real" to me. As the story developed, I was pulled in and became fully engrossed in the story. It was as if I was experiencing the Games myself. I really enjoyed how Collins created such emotion throughout the story... I could really feel the emotions of the characters as well as my own emotions seeping out. There were also epic scenes in the story which created some amazing glued-to-the-page moments. I could easily visualize the scenes as I read through the book- from the Seam to the Capitol to the Arena. Overall, I felt that Collins created a well developed story which catches the audience and pulls him in. Her characters are fully formed and make the reader feel attachments to each- she created characters to love and characters to despise. This book was a wonderful experience and I have been recommending it to everyone. All my students have read the book and are just as hooked on it as I was! A great beginning to a phenomenal trilogy. ( )
  littlebirdreads | Feb 10, 2015 |
Right this is the second time I have read Suzanne Collins book, so it goes without saying that I enjoyed it.

The Hunger Games follows the adventures (if that is the right word) of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who lives in future America, now called Panem. Living in District 12 under constant starvation and fear, Katniss keenly feels the threat of being picked for 'The Hunger Games'. A compulsive set of gladiatorial games which pits teenagers from the ages of 12 to 18 in a fight to the death. Used as a tool of control by the oppressive Capitol regime, the games are held each year and 24 teenagers called tributes, 12 male and 12 female are picked by lottery. Katniss volunteers for the tournament when her younger sister is picked for the games. Taken to the Capitol, dressed and shown to the crowds, she is then taken to the arena where she must try to survive. This is complicated by the male tribute from District 12 declaring his love for her before the entire nation.

There is, of course, much more to the book than that simple summary. On my first read of the Hunger Games, I was struck with similarities to other entries in the 'most dangerous games' genre, yet this first novel strikes a different note. Katniss is a powerful protagonist. That's not to say she's superhuman or always right, but she has a great strength. Unlike other YA heroines, her thoughts do not revolve around her love interests or trivial matters. She is pragmatic, calculating and determined to survive.

The action is well placed and the world building quite successful. As the future is so far ahead of our own, we don't need to know how our world got to that stage. As to the games, they are a feature of our past and any knowledge of the Roman Empire will give you gladiators. What Collins has done is to meld history, current trends and a sharply written main character into something exquisite. ( )
  Claire.Warner | Feb 8, 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.
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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!
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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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