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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games (1)

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61,578344215 (4.31)2 / 2454
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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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (ekissel)
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    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.
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    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. 404
    Divergent by Veronica Roth (foggidawn, anytsuj, readr, Tsana, frankiejones, al.vick)
    readr: Both stories feature a young woman fighting to survive in a brutal situation.
    Tsana: Similar dystopian teenager must fight the system YA book.
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    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. 363
    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.
  8. 331
    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. 291
    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.
  10. 359
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TheDivineOomba)
  11. 273
    The Long Walk by Stephen King (LadyHazy)
    LadyHazy: (not for young adult readers though, it's a lot more violent)
  12. 317
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (SandSing7)
  13. 242
    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.
  14. 203
    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Bitter_Grace)
  15. 182
    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.
  16. 141
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman (KenJenningsFan74)
  17. 120
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (bogreader)
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    Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (PamFamilyLibrary, kathleen.morrow)
    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.
  19. 143
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (sarkisi_beyaz)
  20. 101
    Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (theretiredlibrarian, Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are young adult reality TV dystopias, but in very different ways. In Surviving Antarctica, the reality show is the last chance the protagonists have to earn money for an education - and despite initial hopes that they will be looked after, they soon realize that their lives matter only as much as their ratings.… (more)

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 The Hunger Games: Life in the Capitol17 unread / 17Chris123th, September 2017
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I can see why so many people enjoyed this book. It's engaging and has fully-fleshed out characters and poses some interesting questions. I found it less than satisfying though, especially in comparison to a book like "The Golden Compass," because ultimately "The Hunger Games" is about how one survives through accommodation, and never ventures into the area of rebellion.

I wasn't going to read this but my daughter really wanted me to, so here goes. Thankfully, so far the writing is hands down much better than "Twighlight." ( )
  lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
I didn't want to read this book. I never planned to and was content with knowing nothing more about it than the basic premise. (I've never seen any of the movies either.) The main reason I stayed away is due to an aversion to heavy violence and death, and of course a book that involves a couple dozen teenagers being forced to kill each other is going to have plenty of that. I finally decided to read it after my son (who has seen the movies, but not read the books) tried to tell me that I might not be giving it a fair assessment, and of course, he was absolutely correct. And I did struggle still early on in the book, considering walking away because I was dreading what was to come. But I stuck it out, and boy, did I not expect to like it this much.

I appreciate the simple writing style—no pretension, no unnecessary words—and that made it easy for me to keep going when I didn't want to face what was to come (yes, I am as much of a wimp as it sounds). And as the story unfolded, I realized I was empathizing with the tributes so much that my own pulse sped up in certain moments, during action or even just anticipating what was to come. And yet, in the end, I can say that the "violence for the sake of violence" that I anticipated from the book wasn't there. Instead, we only see what Katniss sees, which is only what's necessary to advance the plot or show her character.

The characterization and plot are a huge high point for me. Katniss's attitude and motivation are consistent, and I really felt for Peeta throughout the book. Even the characters that it would be easy to hate end up being well-rounded and sympathetic. I wasn't thrilled with the love triangle being set up, but at least it was a fairly minor aspect, as was the "romance" in general. While I can't pretend to appreciate the world Collins has set up in this book, I do like that the book drew me in and made me want badly to see this system dismantled. I have unintentionally managed to avoid much in the way of spoilers for the rest of this series (or maybe I heard plenty of spoilers but just didn't know what they meant at the time and don't remember them now), so I am going forward with no idea what to expect, but with hopes for what I'd like to see firmly intact. All I can really say for recommendation, since I'm sure most people who are going to read this have already done so, is that if you're like me and don't want to read it because of reasons I mentioned, I suggest you reconsider. ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
8.5/10 ( )
  Law_Books600 | Sep 19, 2023 |
Yes, I did wait till my early thirties to read this for the first time. Yes, it's as good as everyone says it is. I watched the movies close to when they came out, and have seen them since, so my memory is hazy, but this felt very close to the story I remembered. The storytelling is superb, and you're immediately drawn into the lives of the characters. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Come on library holds... ( )
  KallieGrace | Sep 15, 2023 |
I resisted reading this book for a long time, because the premise is horrifying . . . but the characters and conflicts are so compelling, I couldn't put it down. As soon as I finished it, I got absorbed in the sequels. ( )
  ajrenshaw99 | Sep 1, 2023 |
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Het verhaal, vertaald uit het Engels, speelt zich af in de toekomst. Na een burgeroorlog is van Noord-Amerika het land Panem overgebleven, bestaande uit het welvarende Capitool met twaalf daaraan ondergeschikte districten, waarin veel armoede en onvrijheid heersen. In de jaarlijkse Hongerspelen moeten 24 kinderen, uit elk district een jongen en een meisje, strijden op leven en dood in een ‘Big Brother’-omgeving. Katniss Everdeen (16, ik-figuur) uit het 12e, armoedigste district springt in de bres voor haar jongere zusje Prim wanneer deze wordt uitgeloot. Na een wat aarzelend begin krijgt het verhaal vaart in het tweede en derde deel. Het thema is gedurfd: een strijd op leven en dood tussen twaalf- en achttienjarigen, als vorm van vermaak. Wie is de slimste overlever? De auteur creëert een eigen begrippenkader dat zijdelings doet denken aan Harry Potter. Ze combineert overlevingstechnieken uit de traditie van Jean Auels prehistorische romans met ultramoderne technologie. Het slot lijkt voorspelbaar, maar is dat niet. Spanning, romantiek en het open einde maken de lezer nieuwsgierig naar het volgende boek in deze serie, 'De Hongerspelen II: vlammen'*.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Collins, Suzanneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brogli, SimonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carabén van der Meer, ArmandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chan, JasonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Falco, PhilDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hachmeister, SylkeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klöss, PeterÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paracchini, FabioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parisi, Elizabeth B.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rusli, HetihTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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 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.

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Against nature and young foes
Arena 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 Peeta
compete in the Hunger Games:
winner gets to live.

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