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The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (Book 1) (edition 2010)

by Suzanne Collins (Author)

Series: The Hunger Games (1)

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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)
Title:The Hunger Games (Book 1)
Authors:Suzanne Collins (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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  2. 542
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 321
    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.
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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.
  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)
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    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (SandSing7)
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    The Long Walk by Stephen King (LadyHazy)
    LadyHazy: (not for young adult readers though, it's a lot more violent)
  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. 193
    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
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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.
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    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Anonymous user, aliklein, lottpoet)
    Anonymous user: Its just plain amazingly written
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
This was my second time reading it, and the first time I felt I could review it.
I first saw previews of the movie and thought, "Huh, interesting trailer. Oh, cute little kid!" With the line, "You have to win," I knew I had to read the books and see the movies. So yeah, it was Amandla Stenberg as Rue that got me into the Hunger Games. I read all three books in one weekend and saw the first movie a few weeks later. I couldn't stop crying when she died in the movie. I couldn't watch. I was crying too much. When her district got the news, I cried harder. I had popcorn salt all over my hands and tears dripped on my sweatshirt sleeves.
The books were immensely engaging. I loved the way Collins described things and choices she made with--everything. I was completely hooked. Same with the second time around. The first time around, I didn't cry when Rue died, or at least, not for thirty more pages until I burst into tears at a completely benign sentence. The second time around, I was dry-eyed but really, really needed a hug, and I ate my feelings. I don't remember what I ate, just that it was warm. The book was easier emotionally to read when I already knew how things would turn out. My heart still beat like it was trying to escape my ribcage. I was still so sad, and so worried for the characters. Some parts I had forgotten, like when Peeta intentionally displays horrible table manners in the cave and shouts hi to a presumably TV-watching Effie. I burst out laughing at that, and was so grateful for it.

This book is an amazing start to a rightfully successful phenomenon.
While the review and rating were uploaded to Goodreads in 2018, I note I own the trilogy and read it every year. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 21, 2022 |
Am I the only one who just didn't like Katniss? What is wrong with me?

Won't be reading any of the others, I barely made it though this one. ( )
  NicholeReadsWithCats | Jun 17, 2022 |
Susan didn't want to let Brandon read this one until I read it first. I couldn't put it down. Well written tale. Definitely brutal (not unlike Ranger's Appentice, Lightning Thief, etc.) but more disturbing because of the setting. Brandon finished the day after I did. Can't wait to get the next one.
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  RandomWally | Jun 6, 2022 |
The Hunger Games is often mentioned alongside Lord of the Flies, so after re-reading the latter, I picked up the former. It is not anything like Lord of the Flies. For one thing, LoTF is about anarchy, and, and HG is about totalitarianism. The only thing linking the two is that children kill other children.

I enjoyed the Hunger Games. Even though I saw the movie first, I was hooked on the book right away and had trouble putting it down. The writing is fine. The best "character" is the society itself; Katniss is fairly uninteresting, but it is through her eyes that we get to view the fascinating and terrifying distopia of the North American future.

I do worry about the popularity of this sort of book- it feeds into the anti-government paranoia that seems to be growing all around us. ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
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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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Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Carabén van der Meer, ArmandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chan, JasonCover artistsecondary 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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