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The Hunger Games

135 Ratings: 3.1
A book by Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger Games is a young adult science fiction novel written by bestselling author of The Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins. It was originally published in hardcover on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic Press. It is … see full wiki

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Teens
Publisher: Scholastic Press
53 reviews about The Hunger Games
review by . December 20, 2012
We're all familiar with the old storytelling trope about the evil empire oppressing the good guys who are helpless to do anything about it. Those actual stories, though, have one particular thing in common: They're all told from the point of view of one of the scrappy revolutionary good guys. Has anyone ever wondered about the everyday people who weren't some secret spies for the rebels? This is the dynamic that author Suzanne Collins first introduces us to in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games …
review by . June 16, 2010
Have you ever read a book and after you finish it you want to kind of shove it into anyone and everyone else’s hands so they can read it too? This is the state I’ve been in ever since completing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I can’t even remember where I first heard about this book. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read all year. I’m only sorry I didn’t discover it sooner.                 …
review by . November 20, 2010
Dystopia, Big Brother and post-apocalypse are themes that have been included in novels so often that it could well be a life's work for a librarian to prepare an exhaustive catalogue of titles. But, in terms of quality, the devil is in the details and Suzanne Collins has justifiably taken the world by storm. Her novel, THE HUNGER GAMES, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, despair, …
review by . April 19, 2012
Told from the perspective of the main character, Katniss, THE HUNGER GAMES takes place in a future where the United States as we know it no longer exists. The book never explains exactly what happened, but years earlier there was some sort of economic collapse and global catastrophe. In the aftermath, what was once the continent of North America is now a country called Panem. In what is explained in THE HUNGER GAMES, Panem was controlled by a massive Capitol City that ruled over thirteen separate …
review by . December 16, 2010
Staying alive
Novels with dystopian themes have been popular for generations, and one of the newest, The Hunger Games, is worthy enough to merit a place among the classics. Written for teens, with adolescent main characters, the story will snag and rivet the attention of an older readership as well. The plot is straightforward: the American democratic experiment has failed, leaving the surviving population distributed among a dozen rigidly separated settlements, each region assigned to produce a specific commodity …
review by . July 07, 2010
When I first read the summary for Hunger, I had a clear picture in my head of what was going to take place within these pages: a no-holds barred, youth-oriented battle royale. If that's what you want to read, then you will get that in this book. But the beauty of what Collins has done here is that you also get so much more.      Hunger opens when the protagonist, Katniss, is chosen to participate in the annual Games, an event created by the Capitol to keep down the rebellious …
review by . November 13, 2010
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Ruthless and calculating, the Capitol rules the districts with an iron hand. Especially after what happened to District 13. But people don’t talk about that. Inside the Capitol life is a constant celebration filled with beauty and abundance, especially during the Games. Outside the Capitol, in the other districts, people live in poverty struggling to find …
review by . July 26, 2010
So my friend Sarah has been trying to get me to read this book since it first appeared in the hands of her middle school students.  She says she thinks it’s “better than Harry Potter”.  While I’m not ready to go that far, I do think Suzanne Collins has successfully created a series that is head and shoulders above the enormous pool of fantasy/dystopian young adult books that have exploded on the market since J.K. Rowling opened the floodgates.      …
review by . June 27, 2010
This is the first of the best young adult series that I've read all year. In "the Hunger Games" we see a government gone wrong. By wresting control of all life from it's constituents, the government has consigned them to a life of horror. The heroine and narrator is Katniss Evergreen, a practical, level-headed teen and the sole support of her mother and younger sister. Her father having died in a mine explosion (the family lives in a coal-mining district with an Appalachian feel, …
review by . August 02, 2010
"There's some confusion on the stage. District 12 hasn't had a volunteer in decades and the protocol has become rusty. The rule is that onece a tribute's name has been pulled from the ball, another eligible boy, if a boy's name has been read, or a girl, if a girl's name has been read, can step forward to take his or her place. In some districts, in which winning the reaping is such a great honor, people are eager to risk their lives, the volunteering is complicated. But in District 12, where the …
review by . October 06, 2010
Hunger Games and it's second part ( Catching Fire) were Christmas gifts from my boyfriend but I must admit that I haven't really heard much about them prior to last year's holiday. Once I had them all sorts of wonderful reviews started to come to my attention and I wondered: what is this book, why is it so special? All I had to do was read it to find out for myself but I read it without knowing too much of the plot and I have to say it was a wonderful way to go about it. The book was …
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2011
Suzanne Collins has crafted a winning page-turner that will pull you in, quickly and deeply. Katniss and Peeta are truly intelligent, well-crafted, complex, memorable characters displaying the love, friendship, loyalty, courage, innovation and independence that contrast obviously with the much darker themes so typical of other dystopian novels that we're more familiar with.
review by . May 04, 2010
"Hunger Games" is a young adult science-fiction suspense novel. The premise--sending teens into a game that requires them to kill each other--also qualifies it as a horror novel, in my opinion.      The story was very exciting and fast-paced. For the first two-thirds of the story, there was barely a pause in the danger-laden action filled with unexpected twists. The world-building was very good and brought the story alive in my imagination. The characters were interesting, …
Quick Tip by . January 18, 2011
THE HUNGER GAMES, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, despair, privation and revolution that are the mainstays of post-apocalypse novels. It is BRILLIANT!
Quick Tip by . December 22, 2010
Read this book after you've finished your day. You won't want to get up to do anything else. Trust me, it's that good.
Quick Tip by . December 18, 2010
THE HUNGER GAMES, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, despair, privation and revolution that are the mainstays of post-apocalypse novels. It is BRILLIANT!
review by . June 28, 2010
Katniss, a young yet extremely resourceful teenager is forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a suicide mission imposed on her district by a power-hungry leadership. The purpose of these games is to keep the districts under control, by forcing the people to sacrifice their children in a winner-kills-all tournament.   Katniss comes from a tough background. After her father’s death her mother proves inconsolable, leaving Katniss and her younger sister to find or beg for food …
review by . June 02, 2010
Suzanne Collins writes with an elegant and beautiful style of a distopian world where kids are sent to fight to their deaths once a year.       Katniss Everdeen is one of the stronger female characters I've seen in more recent YA books. Instead of weaker characters with no personality (i.e. Bella from the Twilight Series), Katniss is strong, but vulnerable and has a fantastic character growth throughout the novel.      Although violent, the characters also …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
Although I was disapponted with the follow up books I think this book verges on being perfect.
review by . June 24, 2010
I loved this book.  It kept me captivated to the last page.  I would agree with other’s reviews that if it has a flaw, it’s that it ends too abruptly.  I found it interesting to contemplate the larger meanings in the book.  I wondered if Ms. Collins was asking us to examine how far we, as a society,  would go for the sake of entertainment.  At one point in the book, Katniss (the main character and our heroine) observed how the citizens of the Capital would …
review by . August 29, 2010
My Summary: In a futuristic society, the United States is no more. In it's place is Panem, and only twelve of the original thirteen districts remain.    Katniss Everdeen, a resident of the coal-producing District Twelve, prepares for The Reaping by making sure that her little sister Prim has as few entries as possible. Yet, against the odds, Prim is picked and Katniss volunteer's in her place to be a tribute for the yearly Hunger Games.    She knows the odds …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
My kids and I loved the Gregor the Overlander series by the same author. This is even more intense - but not recommended for anyone younger than 12.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
This will scare you a bit, because it's a reality that could very be possible after the predicted "2012" incident. Great story nonetheless.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I LOVED this book. My sister and mom got me to read it and I was skeptical, but the story is so good and it immediately draws you in. Probably my favorite YA book.
review by . March 16, 2010
I remember the moment when I realized that 'The Hunger Games' was not just a good book, but a great one. It was the moment after the main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers as a "tribute" for her district in this year's Hunger Games. She volunteers because her younger sister, Prim, was originally selected. She volunteers because Prim is just 12 years old. She volunteers because the Hunger Games is a competition to the death.    "I stand there unmoving while they take part …
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