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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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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (ekissel)
  2. 492
    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (Kira, k1tsune)
    Kira: Battle Royale is more violent and lengthy but has a similar plot, with a class of children randomly selected each year to fight classmates to the death.
    k1tsune: Very similar.
  3. 519
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (writecathy)
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    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (elephantshoe, TheDivineOomba, notemily, electronicmemory)
    elephantshoe: futuristic world again, but the teens have to compete and fight to the death in a televised reality show.
    notemily: A similar oppressive government, with a mysterious place "outside" the dystopia that may or may not exist.
  5. 352
    Divergent by Veronica Roth (foggidawn, anytsuj, readr, Tsana)
    readr: Both stories feature a young woman fighting to survive in a brutal situation.
    Tsana: Similar dystopian teenager must fight the system YA book.
  6. 4514
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (redpersephone, FFortuna)
    redpersephone: For adult or late teen fans, this has a female protagonist living in a dystopia where everyone has his or her own motives and secrets. Less gore, more sex.
    FFortuna: The Handmaid's Tale is more adult, but really not by much. They're very similar dystopias and both feature excellent, deep-first-person narratives.
  7. 311
    Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden (BookLizard)
    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.
  8. 280
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner (smammers, christmas6391, BrrgleBee)
    christmas6391: "Teenagers thrown into a hostile environment with no way out because of their corrupt societies," can be used to describe both of these books. The difference? In The Maze Runner, none of them remember anything before waking up in the maze.
  9. 304
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (librarymeg, FantasyGirl2, saltypepper)
    saltypepper: The heroines' voices are very similar, maybe due to their similar response to the awful circumstances they find themselves in.
  10. 272
    Matched by Ally Condie (Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: Both books feature central heroines living in dystopian worlds that aren't quite what they seem. They each have an engaging romance and a story that digs behind the curtain of the society their characters live in.
  11. 329
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TheDivineOomba)
  12. 275
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (SandSing7)
  13. 233
    The Long Walk by Stephen King (LadyHazy)
    LadyHazy: (not for young adult readers though, it's a lot more violent)
  14. 192
    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Bitter_Grace)
  15. 161
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman (KenJenningsFan74)
  16. 152
    The Running Man by Stephen King (MyriadBooks, levasssp)
    levasssp: similar plot. The Running Man is a TV gameshow that pits one man against hunters in an arena. If he makes it to the end alive, he wins.
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    PamFamilyLibrary: Intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
    kathleen.morrow: Both have strong heroines in a dystopian society. Additionally, both have an interesting, but not overpowering romantic subplot.
  20. 112
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Written in a workmanlike, almost brusque fashion, this is nevertheless an extremely compelling read, with some very interesting things to say about the pervasive manipulation of image in our media-saturated society. ( )
  salimbol | Jul 18, 2014 |
Summary:
The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who lives in a country that has been divided into 13 districts. Each year the capital holds what they call the "Hunger Games." Each district must send one boy and girl to compete in this bloody competition where only one person comes out alive. Prim, Katniss' young sister, is called forward to be sent to compete. Katniss quickly runs forward to volunteer to take her place. Katniss is a strong competitor which makes her a huge target for the other tributes. Katniss faces many challenges. But ends up in the final two. When they both threaten to eat poison berries and both dies the announcer declares them both victors.

Personal Reaction:
This was a little too much for me. I didn't care to this book as much as I have other books. However, it is a book about survival. We are all doing what we can to survive and protect the people we love.

Classroom Extension: (This is not a book I would use in a classroom sitting)
1. Creative Writing: If you were trying to survive like Katniss, what five things would you need to survive.
2. Comparison Activity: After reading the book, watch the movie and allow them to compare the book and the movie. Finding differences and similarities.
  Tarakalynn | Jul 14, 2014 |
The Hunger Games is truly a fantastic novel and deserves the popularity that it has received. It offers a blend of action, suspense, romance and political allegory and never feels as though it is taking down to its audience. The plot is very fast paced and utterly enthralling and will have you captivated almost immediately.

I only have one real gripe with the story and that is the lack of development of the supporting cast. I appreciate that this is a personal issue of mine - in the name of good story telling I would have liked to know more about them than just their names - but it is understandable from Katniss's perspective that she would want to know as little about them as possible.

I could not recommend this novel more - it really is one that everyone should take a look at. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Jul 8, 2014 |
This is a young adult book, but I'm willing to bet that it will have readers of any age holding their breath and continuing to turn the pages. I literally did not move from start to finish. I would easily call this the best of the trilogy. If you are a fan of dystopian lit, then this is a MUST READ. ( )
  Tigerlily12 | Jul 8, 2014 |
The hype behind this series has not been unfounded--at least in this first part. Instantly engaging, I picked up the book planning to read only a little each day, and I found myself having to stop myself.

It's great on the surface level of the plot, but has great political undertones as well. I look forward to reading more about the world that they live in through later books. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 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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Collins, Suzanneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paracchini, FabioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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!
(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.

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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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