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The Hunger Games (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:The Hunger Games
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic, Incorporated (2008), Paperback
Collections:Your library, 2013
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, young adult, series, 1 of 3, tpb, 3.5

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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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This is a bit unusual for me because for the first time ever I've seen a movie before reading the book. And I didn't like doing that, my imagination is far better than anything a Director of a movie can create that seeing the movie first may have ruined the book for me.

Anyway, The Hunger Games is a YA novel, regarding a future North American state where freedom in limited, class is important and the government tolerates no rebellion. The Hunger Games are an example of the States power and authority where young people are selected to fight to the death in a "reality show" setting. Kind of like "Running Man" - the Stephen King book not the campy movie.

It's an easy read, the action moves quickly, and you get interested in what happens next, but the characters are shallow and the moral dilemmas are glossed over - the bad guys are bad guys, the good guys are good guys, etc...

Truly, I enjoyed the movie more, but maybe seeing it first ruined the book for me.

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  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
This series is captivating. It allows students to look at the life they have and realize how fortunate we are. ( )
  AimeeSword | Mar 28, 2017 |
Summary: A story that takes place in Panem, a dystopian country built on what was once North America. The world where there are limited resources, the despotic government run by the Capital keeps its citizens in line by separating them into Districts which reinforced class separations. The Capital puts on a yearly event where two tributes from each district are to fight against each other for their district, which is shown on television. This is a tool to promote disunion and to discourage a rebellion. This is called the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen girl from District 12, the poorest of the district offers herself to fight in the Hunger games instead of the selected female tribute. The children train for the brutal game and Katniss is determined to win, which is made difficult when she meets Peeta who confess his crush on Katniss. Throughout the game, Katniss fights but is helped by Peeta and makes contact and friendship with the youngest in the game Rue in who she forms an alliance with. The game continues, and the participants face many challenges and struggles. The game makers change the rules and announce that the two tributes from a district can serve as co-victors. Katniss and Peeta work together to win as dual victors. When the game is done and everything is settled they head back to District 12, where Katniss is torn between her old identity as a poor hunter and the more complex one she shaped through the games.

Personal Response: This book is an exciting adventure fiction that makes the readers want to keep reading until the end. In the story, there is a lot of death, which causes sadness, but love, friendship, and alliances are formed as well. It is an exciting story of the separating of various Districts but also the coming together of some of the characters.

Curriculum Connections: This book can be used in a high school Social Studies classroom to explore various groups that we see in our world today. Whether the groups are political, religious, social or economical. It can be used as a fun activity when separating students into each group and have them compete through various activities and weigh out why and how that specific group one. It is also a fun personal read for students who like adventure books. ( )
  ftakahashi | Mar 25, 2017 |
This book blew my mind. Beautiful and horrific, it took my breath away.
One thing’s for sure, I’m not reading the second one until I have the last one secure in my hands. There’s a limit to what my heart can take.
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  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
I actually expected this to be better than it was in my head when I read it. It didn't satisfy my interest in a truly catching plot. ( )
  RinHanase | Mar 11, 2017 |
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It’s an old trick but a very effective one. The only clumsy element of these scenes is an intermittent commentary provided by Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones, which fills in incidental story details in a brash ‘Basil Exposition’ way. When it pops up, it kills the momentum.

You need to try these games ..!
 
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.
 
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.
added by johnsmithsen | editio9, Charlie Jane Anders (Oct 14, 2008)
 
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).
 
on the ruined continent of North America, lies Panem, a country in shambles. Panem has 12 districts, each district sends two tributes, a boy and a girl, to fight for their district in a winner take all, fight to the death game that is televised to the country. The prize? The winning tribute ensures more food for his or her district. Follow Katniss Everdeen’s journey, when she volunteers to be a tribute in place of her sister for the underdog district 12 in the reality TV series known as The Hunger Games. Although I watched the movie first, I was very much into The Hunger Games.
 

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Epigraph
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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Against nature and young foes
Arena death match
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Unless your life is at stake
In that case.... they die!
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Make a book and a movie
Oh well, When in Rome
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Katniss and Peeta
compete in the Hunger Games:
winner gets to live.
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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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