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The hunger games by Suzanne Collins

The hunger games (edition 2008)

by Suzanne Collins

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
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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  2. 552
    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. 5510
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (writecathy)
  4. 5312
    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. 415
    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. 4714
    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. 364
    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. 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.
  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. 379
    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. 328
    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)
  18. 110
    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 book is better than the movie. ( )
  onenita | May 21, 2024 |
The book is well written and gripping. The world is beautifully realized and the story unflinching. These things are all true...but I still didn't like it much. I didn't like Katniss, I don't care for dystopian fiction (I like to think that we'll get better as we go along) and I positively revile first-person-present-tense narration.
Maybe the narration had more of a bearing than I realized. I just thought Katniss was clueless and insensitive, though undeniably brave and ready to sacrifice everything for the people she knows she loves. The Hunger Games themselves appalled me, and the world in which they took place was terribly depressing.
Altogether, it was OK. I won't read it again, and I have no particular interest in reading the sequels, despite the CLIFFHANGER ENDING (which is another thing I didn't like.) ( )
  Bookladycma | May 18, 2024 |
I can honestly say that I am completely impressed with the writing style of Susan Collins. I was hooked from the beginning, and could not put this book down. I have been keeping myself in the dark as much as possible when it comes to these books and the movie, but I am happy that I did not let anyone color my opinion of the book, and that I didn’t watch the movie first.
The imagery alone was enough to keep me reading, but the burgeoning love story of Katniss and Peeta was an added bonus. I loved watching Katniss slowly fall for Peeta even if she didn’t realize it at the time. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, but I feel that it was wrapped up nicely and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book. I will admit that I watched the movie as soon as I finished the book, and while it was a great movie, it could never hold a candle to the book!
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  chaoticmel | May 18, 2024 |
  Calrisia | May 17, 2024 |
I've been meaning to get around to reading this book for some time, after hearing so many people talk about it, and I am glad I did, though . . . choosing a time when I was in a low mood was probably unwise. As most dystopian books are, this one spends a lot of time feeling very depressing.

Katniss, the main character, is very interesting, and following her perception of her world shows hints of further facets that she either doesn't care much for, being preoccupied with her own place in her world or simply isn't aware of for various reasons.

The reflections of other characters through her eyes slid back and forth from being rather unreal - two dimensional and not fully realised - to being very true to life, as they are being seen only through Katniss' perception, and thus can't be quite known to us, as the readers, any more than Katniss herself can know everything about them.

The conflicts we follow Katniss through feel as real as it is possible, I felt, considering her world's inherent divide between its closeness to our world (in terms of technology and setting) and its fantastic nature (in terms of some of the details of same, though it is definitely not a fantasy setting).

While there were some points of the narration that seemed to me to 'drag' for a while, it mostly fell during portions of the story that had that same sort of drag for Katniss herself.

I read the first half of the book in one sitting, partially because I was waiting for something to happen, knowing before I began the book that the main point is 'the Hunger Games' making the suspense a bit odd, even as I was following along with Katniss' own limited knowledge.

I was uncertain about - and even a bit apprehensive of - the ending, but it was . . . satisfying. It didn't leave me eager and impatient for book two, though I will want to start it soon. It didn't wrap up every question I had, but that is only right, as there are two more books of Katniss' story for me to get into.

I was left curious about the world that Katniss lives in, and how it came to be established in the way it is now. There were hints of how something that could have been our own world transformed into what she knows now, but no real story or explanation - unsurprisingly, as Katniss probably doesn't know herself. I doubt I will ever see that story, but I wanted it, which was a mark of calibre of the world-building, I think.

All in all, it was a good book, enjoyable and engaging, though not enthralling, and I am glad I read it, looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
  Kalira | May 15, 2024 |
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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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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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