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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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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (ekissel)
  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. 369
    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. 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
    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.
  19. 133
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (sarkisi_beyaz)
  20. 2415
    1984 by George Orwell (GabbyReElle)

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Ich schwanke zwischen 3 und 4 Sternen... Der erste Teil während der Hungerspiele hat mir sehr gut gefallen, das hat mich wirklich gefesselt. Warum mir dann der Rest nicht so gut gefallen hat kann ich gar nicht so genau sagen. Zu viele Zufälle vielleicht? Wobei der Charakter von Coriolanus Snow sehr schön hervorgearbeitet wird. Er ist auch als junger Mann schon echt skrupellos... ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
My SF book club had this as a selection over a year ago. I did not get a chance to read it then, but when the release date of the movie was nearly upon me, I thought I should read it before the trailers alerted me to any spoilers.

As you may guess, when I tried to get it from the library there were over 130 holds (!!). So I went to my local independent bookstore and bought a copy ($10).

First, for a YA (young adult) book, it is very well written. It does not talk down to the audience or use simplistic or euphemistic terms. The multi-layered plot is engaging for both teens and adults. The characters are well-drawn and clearly and consistently realized.

Second, the protagonist is a strong, skillful female. This was its primary attraction for me. It is still a rarity, sadly, to have a female protagonist adventurer/hero in literature, let alone one in a sci-fi setting.

Third, though we suspect that the protagonist will survive her peril, the story is sufficiently well-written that we are in suspense for most of the book. There are so many dangers and other jeopardy that could befall her and, by extension, her District. Because of the honest portrayal of the daily brutality of life in the Districts, we have no guarantees or expectations of a happy ending.

The story is of a 17-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen, living in the 12th District in the country of Panem ( North America). As a result of a failed revolution, all the District citizens are living in abject poverty reinforced by policies decreed in The Capital. Life is hard; medicine is primitive; most goods hard to come by and expensive. Each District has a “specialization” and for District 12 it is coal mining. All the worst elements of a coal mining town are commonplace: black lung disease, mining accidents, layers of coal dust on every surface.

As a constant reminder to the citizens of the cost of dissidence, each year there is a Tribute given to the City by each District. The Tribute is a boy and a girl, names drawn at random. These 24 children are taken to the City in order to participate in The Hunger Games.

This is a brutal, violent “game” where the Tributes are pitted against each other in a life-or-death contest. There can be only one winner – to be that winner you must kill all the other players.

The Arena is specifically constructed by the Gamesmasters based on the strengths and weaknesses of the given year’s Tributes. It is televised live and is required viewing by all citizens. The last one standing will receive rewards of food for themselves and their District for a year.

After acquainting us with the daily life of Katniss and the people of District 12, the book quickly moves to the drawing of the Tribute names. The events in the novel are built on this foundation. When Katniss’ 12-year-old sister is chosen, Katniss volunteers herself as a substitute to ensure her sister’s survival. The bulk of the book then deals with what she, as a Tribute, experiences from the moment of selection to the end of the Game itself.

We follow Katniss as she is taken to the governing city of Panem and goes through all the preparations prior to the Game. This is where the book shows its mettle. Through her eyes we see the complex layers of politics and taboos that guide the Game preparations. Things are hinted at, but nothing is explained. People she meets are careful and guarded in their speech – is every room bugged? What is really going on in the background? What agenda is the annual Hunger Games propping up? There are clues and hints, and the reader is drawn in to try piecing together what is really driving events.

The drama of the book builds to a fever pitch as we follow Katniss’ progress in the Games themselves. Questions of morality and ethics are played out, with deadly consequences. Though inherently violent, the violence is not gruesome or gory. It is treated in a matter-of-fact manner, in the context of the traditional hunt.

It is clear at the end that the book was written with a sequel in mind. In fact, it is the first of a trilogy; the other two are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

Figuring out the political meaning for each action by the Gamesmasters will keep adults engaged. The realistic depiction of Katniss’ survival skills and endurance will rivet the YA audience and adults alike. Reading it with one’s teen also gives a great opportunity for parents to discuss the deeper social issues touched on in the book.

Set aside the time to read this in one sitting, if possible. You won’t want to put it down. ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
This book was essentially just a dystopia/The Most Dangerous Game on a grand scale, but it was fun. It was very contrived and a little sappy (I feel like a hundred other conclusions to the Hunger Games would have been more enjoyable), but it's well worth a read. She's a good writer, and I'll definitely read the next one when it comes out. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
I really liked this book. Honestly, I don't remember if I ever read it before; it's true that I've had it on my bookshelf for years and maybe I never got around to reading it. However, now was its time, and I truly enjoyed it. The whole setting in a parallel and dystopian universe, Katniss's backstory, how she sacrifices herself for her sister, and everything she experiences in the games. I do know the story from the movies, but it's been a long time since I watched them, and I don't really remember the whole plot, so it was very entertaining to rediscover it by reading the book. ( )
  inesitxs | Apr 16, 2024 |
i read the hunger games when i was in middle school and also really like the movies. this series is very post-apocolyptic and very whimsical. this is also a book that takes your imagination far while you are reading. ( )
  ergoldie | Mar 29, 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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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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