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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:Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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    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.
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If you are looking for a quick read with minimal interpretive investment, look no further. For all it's simplicity-- the under-whelming prose, the over-predictable story-- I could not help myself from staying up past 3am to plough through this book.

I can't fault the author for not delving deeper into her story's setting and characters; the intended audience would not tolerate the level of detail and the impact to pacing would ruin its status as an addictive page turner.

That said, really would have loved this book as a more thoroughly fleshed-out adult novel. While undeniably formulaic, there is a lot of potential in the setting. There is enough promise of political intrigue that I will likely read the rest of the series in time, but in my heart I am sure I will be sad to see this universe go before I have really scraped its surface.

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  dowswell | Jul 25, 2021 |
In the Hunger Games we are introduced to the enigmatic Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers to save her sister's life and is therefore thrust into the vicious blood-sport spectacle that is the Hunger Games themselves. She must learn that not only basic instinct but also charm is needed in order to survive. As she takes upon herself the mantle of "the girl on fire", we are right there with her and the male tribute from District 12 as this 75th Hunger Games is set ablaze. A truly great series thus far and still 2 more to read. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Jul 21, 2021 |
The hunger games is an alternate future story set in a world governed by one central city, supported by a series of districts. At some point in the past, the people of these districts rebelled and were crushed by the capital so now evrey year each district must send two tributes agred between 12 and 18 to compete in the hunger games, a survival game which only one person will emerge from.

Despite it's horrible subject matter, I enjoyed this book greatly and would recomend it. The protagonist, Katniss, is someone who is competent but not in all areas, she doesn't all into the trap it would be easy for her to fall into in a book like this of kicking ass in tight trousers rather then being a relaistic character, strong female character as opposed to strong character: female. She is intelligent, and knows how to hunt, which is her advantage. She's physically disadvantaged in a fight and that is something that stays with her. She is determined ot win but a bad judge of people and somewhat naive about her own impact on the people around her (the only thing I found unbelieveable about her character was that someone so astute woudln't notice she drew a certain kind of attention). She's in a complex situation and navigating complex inter-personal relationships which she isn't comfortable with, and she's fascinating to read.

The setting is also fascinating, and gives a lot of scope for the other two books in the series. I feel like this could almost be read as more of a fascinating introduction to the world then anything else. In addition to Katniss we have some good supporting characters, though some of them are drawn a little flat at times. The storytelling is good, the weight given to different acts, the ways knowing you're fighting for you life changes you and how they'd explored are good too.

It's an interesting, well written and compelling book, I would recomend it. ( )
  TPauSilver | Jul 21, 2021 |
“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
― Suzanne Collins

As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free.

Katniss is a 16 year old girl who is thrown into an arena. This is a game were they take two children from each district and throw them in an arena to fight to the death. 24 in total. A boy and girl of from each district and Katniss and Peeta are districts 12's tributes. They are sent to the arena where they are forced to parade themselves around in hopes of getting sponsers to get an advantage in the games. She must use all her skills while she attempts to survive.

I listened to this on audiobook. It was my first audiobook, and I loved it. The story is absolutely amazing. It's messed up, but keeps you hooked through the entire book. The characters are brought alive and leaves nothing to be desired. The love triangle in the book is there but the two are so different from each other thats its easy to choose your ship. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Enjoyed quite a bit a long time ago. ( )
  FDKreader | Jul 12, 2021 |
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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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