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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:YA, dystopia

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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    k1tsune: Very similar.
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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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I ended up liking this book. But that beginning was slow and depressing for me. Strange enough I wanted to see the games. Yes, where kids die, but not read about how horrid everyone's life was. So I'm not too sure how I'll feel about the second book. I'm going to give it a good ol' college try. ( )
  SofiaHarper | Sep 6, 2014 |
Seriously, I think this is turning out to be one of the best YA series I've read. Sometimes I forget it's even YA. I'm addicted....I don't ever want the series to end. ( )
  pennylane78 | Sep 5, 2014 |
In the hunger games universe the continent of north America has been blown up by some unknown scource. In its rubble the country of Panem was founded. In Panem there were 13 districts and 1 capitol the farther away a district was from the capitol the poorer and more rural it was. The citizens were forced to stay inside there districts boundaries and do specific jobs for the capitol. Eventualy the disricts were fed up and rebeled. They failed and as a punishment the capitol made it so that every year each district had to send a male and female tribute to fight to the death in a controlled arena. The story follows how a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen and her friend/aqauntance Peta get selected and tough it out in the arena.
My personal opinion is that this book leaves far to much information about the world unknown. Seriously Katniss should have grabbed Prim and gale (her friends/family) and fled surviving of the woods. Also In the end the gamemakers agree to let Katniss and Peeta both win because they threaten to commit suicide. This is a ridiculous bargain as the arena is under 100% control. A lasr could have just disentegrated the suicide method(toxic berries) or the gamemakers could have tricked them and put them back into the arena. Also is Panem the only country, what happened to the other continents, did they even exist in the first place? These are all serious questions that are not answered in eather of the sequels. ( )
  iand.b4 | Sep 3, 2014 |
I really liked this book, it was a nice break from my UF immersion and contains some nice social criticism. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series goes.

Yes, I read the book in about 18 hours, which includes sleep time. No, I didn't do anything else with my day. ( )
  raselyem7 | Aug 30, 2014 |
I'm not quite sure of what to feel about this book. It was... okay, I guess. Not the kind of book that makes you obsessive and hungry for more, but not a bad book either.

First of all, I feel like clearing a misconception that most of my friends seem to keep about this book: it's NOT Battle Royale. Yes, the main idea is pretty much the same: a bunch of teenagers killing each other in order to survive. What makes it different from Battle Royale: the characters and their motivations. In Battle Royale, the teenagers were put in that situation because they were becoming ruthless and dangerous. This is not the case of The Hunger Games. In the book, most of the characters are fighting because they need to. Because they live in a post-apocalyptic world were food is scarce and each day is a battle for survival. Winning the Hunger Games means more food for your family and the kind of life very few people manage to afford.

While this book is good enough to keep you thrilled and trapped in the interesting scenarios and cases, it is a teenage romance fiction which, in my opinion, dragged it back. Most of the Tributes (as the competitors are called) are actually rather interesting and their different abilities make them interesting choices for the Games. The bad thing? The story focus on a single character: Katniss. She is a pretty cool character. Not the best I've ever known in my life, but very rational (at least as far as a teenager mind can allow) and coherent. Still, I feel like the rest of the Tributes were no more than mere background, which is pretty sad (one of my favorite ones was Foxface). The romance with the other tribute of her district, the baker named Peeta? Unnecessary. Interesting, had potential to create a nice dilemma by the end of the book. But it felt more like a filler, deviating the book from what was its best feature: the adventure, the sense of danger, the feeling that you can't rely on anyone but yourself.

In the end, this book is just another romance with an ending that could have been a hundred times better. Still, worth reading. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
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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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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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