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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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Where do I even start with The Hunger Games? I picked this book up at the store after hearing some buzz on the internet. I wasn't sure of the premise or if I would find it enjoyable at all. I was so wrong. I devoured this book, I could not put it down. The world that Ms. Collins created was realistic enough that I felt a part of it. There are so many pieces to this story that unfold page after page.

This book will terrify you while you are reading and keep you thinking every time you close it. I think I ran the emotional line as I read this. I was sad, angry, frustrated, terrified, and even a little happy when Peeta was around.

I was recommending this book to everyone I could once I started reading it. I even gave it as a gift once or twice. If you haven't gotten the chance to read this series yet, don't waste anymore time. Go out there and get this book...and you might as well pick up Catching Fire and Mockingjay as well because you won't want to stop reading once you start.
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Amazing

Where do I even start with The Hunger Games? I picked this book up at the store after hearing some buzz on the internet. I wasn't sure of the premise or if I would find it enjoyable at all. I was so wrong. I devoured this book, I could not put it down. The world that Ms. Collins created was realistic enough that I felt a part of it. There are so many pieces to this story that unfold page after page.

This book will terrify you while you are reading and keep you thinking every time you close it. I think I ran the emotional line as I read this. I was sad, angry, frustrated, terrified, and even a little happy when Peeta was around.

I was recommending this book to everyone I could once I started reading it. I even gave it as a gift once or twice. If you haven't gotten the chance to read this series yet, don't waste anymore time. Go out there and get this book...and you might as well pick up Catching Fire and Mockingjay as well because you won't want to stop reading once you start.

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Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old living in what used to be the USA, feeds her family by sneaking into the forbidden woods with her friend Gale. The two hunt game, fish, and glean fruit, veggies, and herbs. They eat the food but they also use it to barter for basic necessities. Katniss and Gale live in the poverty-stricken District 12, one of the areas surrounding the country of Panem's capitol. Although there isn't a romantic connection, Katniss knows that deep down she has tender feelings for Gale.

Time is approaching for the dreaded "reaping," a drawing each person who is between twelve and eighteen must enter. If your name is drawn, you become a tribute -- a contestant in the deadly Hunger Games, a nationwide televised reality game show in which 24 tributes fight to the bloody death. The last survivor wins the Games.

Katniss is horrified when her beloved little sister, Prim, is chosen as a tribute; she immediately offers to replace her. As Katniss is readied to appear on the show, she knows that she is heading off to almost certain death. The other tribute from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, the baker's son. Peeta is not Katniss's friend, but he once did her an incredible kindness. Now she knows she will have to be his murderer, since the point of the Hunger Games is "kill or be killed." But will Katniss survive long enough to be a contender?

The thought-provoking THE HUNGER GAMES, with its sly commentary on our evolving society, is not to be missed. Katniss is someone easy to relate to; her adventures are breathlessly plotted, making this book a true page-turner, nearly impossible to put down. My friend insisted I read it, claiming it will be the next Harry Potter phenomenon. I agree. If you only have time to read one book this season, this is the one I recommend.
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Terry Miller Shannon Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon September 19, 2008
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A Deadly Reality Show

Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old living in what used to be the USA, feeds her family by sneaking into the forbidden woods with her friend Gale. The two hunt game, fish, and glean fruit, veggies, and herbs. They eat the food but they also use it to barter for basic necessities. Katniss and Gale live in the poverty-stricken District 12, one of the areas surrounding the country of Panem's capitol. Although there isn't a romantic connection, Katniss knows that deep down she has tender feelings for Gale.

Time is approaching for the dreaded "reaping," a drawing each person who is between twelve and eighteen must enter. If your name is drawn, you become a tribute -- a contestant in the deadly Hunger Games, a nationwide televised reality game show in which 24 tributes fight to the bloody death. The last survivor wins the Games.

Katniss is horrified when her beloved little sister, Prim, is chosen as a tribute; she immediately offers to replace her. As Katniss is readied to appear on the show, she knows that she is heading off to almost certain death. The other tribute from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, the baker's son. Peeta is not Katniss's friend, but he once did her an incredible kindness. Now she knows she will have to be his murderer, since the point of the Hunger Games is "kill or be killed." But will Katniss survive long enough to be a contender?

The thought-provoking THE HUNGER GAMES, with its sly commentary on our evolving society, is not to be missed. Katniss is someone easy to relate to; her adventures are breathlessly plotted, making this book a true page-turner, nearly impossible to put down. My friend insisted I read it, claiming it will be the next Harry Potter phenomenon. I agree. If you only have time to read one book this season, this is the one I recommend.

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When I read this the first time I was not ready for it to be as big and intense at it was. And, it was even more so the second time I read it! I loved the harsh world we are brought in to, the loving characters we meet, and even the terrible things that happen. They make Katniss the perfect girl for others to look for in their struggles. I LOVED this book so much, despite how much it made my heart hurt due to the raw emotions it brings up in readers.
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Dana Burkey Reviewed by Dana Burkey February 07, 2015
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Wow!

When I read this the first time I was not ready for it to be as big and intense at it was. And, it was even more so the second time I read it! I loved the harsh world we are brought in to, the loving characters we meet, and even the terrible things that happen. They make Katniss the perfect girl for others to look for in their struggles. I LOVED this book so much, despite how much it made my heart hurt due to the raw emotions it brings up in readers.

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Every chapter is just amazing. There's nothing dull about the story, it's really well written and easily understood. I really like how every time a chapter ends, there's either a shocking surprise or a cliffhanger. Katniss is so inspiring even if sometimes when she's clueless or in shock. The story isn't just about the hunger games but from family, love, friends as well as surving with lost loved ones. The reason i gave 4/5 stars for characters and writing style is not because i don't like it but it's because sometimes the characters make decisions or say stuff that i just don't agree with. Sometimes i would be like 'no!! why are you doing this'. Overall this book has made me nearly in tears twice...maybe more but it touched me.
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jamie lei Reviewed by jamie lei August 08, 2014
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Great novel, probably the most unique book i've ever read

Every chapter is just amazing. There's nothing dull about the story, it's really well written and easily understood. I really like how every time a chapter ends, there's either a shocking surprise or a cliffhanger. Katniss is so inspiring even if sometimes when she's clueless or in shock. The story isn't just about the hunger games but from family, love, friends as well as surving with lost loved ones. The reason i gave 4/5 stars for characters and writing style is not because i don't like it but it's because sometimes the characters make decisions or say stuff that i just don't agree with. Sometimes i would be like 'no!! why are you doing this'. Overall this book has made me nearly in tears twice...maybe more but it touched me.

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he series consumed me. I couldn't put the books down, I hardly slept and when I did, I had nightmwres that I was in the hunger games myself. The long term effect of war and political games on children is so devastating that it made this fictional post-apocalyptical world completely real to me. My sleep-patterns are better now, but I wish the series hadn't ended.

PS I was really disappointed when I learnt that the movie will be PG13 - I can't see how it will do it justice.
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Louise Cosgrave Reviewed by Louise Cosgrave February 20, 2014
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Worth the hype - thankfully read it before

he series consumed me. I couldn't put the books down, I hardly slept and when I did, I had nightmwres that I was in the hunger games myself. The long term effect of war and political games on children is so devastating that it made this fictional post-apocalyptical world completely real to me. My sleep-patterns are better now, but I wish the series hadn't ended.

PS I was really disappointed when I learnt that the movie will be PG13 - I can't see how it will do it justice.

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The hunger games is such an amazing book!! But a tip to anyone who hasn't seen the film or read the book but wants to do both, read first. The book explains everything so well and goes in to such detail. But I struggled reading this because I had already seen the film, so I knew what was coming and that took away the excitement of the story. That's the only reason I gave the plot a 4 but I'm sure if it was new to me I would have given it a 5!!

Katniss is such a strong character and I love how it shows that females can be the heroes too!! I love her romance with Peeta and the fact she looks after him. I'm very excited to read catching fire.

Overall this book is incredible and a great read. It's exciting and it's crazy
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Ella Hanley Reviewed by Ella Hanley February 18, 2014
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Love this series!!

The hunger games is such an amazing book!! But a tip to anyone who hasn't seen the film or read the book but wants to do both, read first. The book explains everything so well and goes in to such detail. But I struggled reading this because I had already seen the film, so I knew what was coming and that took away the excitement of the story. That's the only reason I gave the plot a 4 but I'm sure if it was new to me I would have given it a 5!!

Katniss is such a strong character and I love how it shows that females can be the heroes too!! I love her romance with Peeta and the fact she looks after him. I'm very excited to read catching fire.

Overall this book is incredible and a great read. It's exciting and it's crazy

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I loved this book!!! Couldn't put it down and now I have read it so many times lol. Love Katniss and Peeta. She is so strong willed, compassionate, and a fighter!!!
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Shellene Clare Reviewed by Shellene Clare January 01, 2014
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Loved

I loved this book!!! Couldn't put it down and now I have read it so many times lol. Love Katniss and Peeta. She is so strong willed, compassionate, and a fighter!!!

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The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who lives in the futuristic world of Panem. Living in District 12, Katniss's little sister is picked to enter the Hunger Games. Taking her place in the fierce competition, Katniss is left to fend for herself. Will she make it out alive?
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Jamie Reviewed by Jamie October 30, 2013
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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who lives in the futuristic world of Panem. Living in District 12, Katniss's little sister is picked to enter the Hunger Games. Taking her place in the fierce competition, Katniss is left to fend for herself. Will she make it out alive?

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I fell in love with the Hunger Games. I don't agree with the age range 12+ because I think you need to be older to really understand the series. Can't wait to see all the movies.
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marine sander Reviewed by marine sander October 09, 2013
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Amazing

I fell in love with the Hunger Games. I don't agree with the age range 12+ because I think you need to be older to really understand the series. Can't wait to see all the movies.

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I was deeply impressed by this first book in the series. It most certainly stands well by itself, while leaving the reader with a desire for more of this futuristic, dystopian reality. Though it took me a while to get used to the first person present-tense perspective, which deeply annoyed me at first, the plot and depth was such that I -did- eventually get over it and was able to immerse myself in the solid imagery and rapid pacing.

The main character is a strong, jaded female forced into the mold of circumstance. Her maturity, and at times, immaturity, are well-placed and believable given her age, background, and the harshness (both mental and physical) of her surroundings. Though the male counterpart, Peeta, seemed a bit flat and their would-be romance deliberately difficult to buy, Katniss herself made up for it. If only because the author was masterfully subtle in the matter-of-factness of the character's voice, and her consistent ability to get me to ask myself 'what would I do if that were me?' questions. The moral depravity of the situation isn't thrust on the reader with undertones of the author's feelings, it simply is what it is--a cruel force that happens to be unimaginably above and beyond the control of any of the characters.

The degree of boyscout-like survival tidbits was downright inspiring, and along with the brutal depictions of violence, gave the book a certain appeal to males. The details on edible plants and basic survival skills was accurate without being dull...and indeed, the moral quandaries presented in the story result in a wealth of potentially valuable but covert lessons. For that, the book has earned a place on the list of those I will encourage my children to read on day. When they are of an appropriate age to handle the darker concepts contained therein, of course.
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Hungry For More

I was deeply impressed by this first book in the series. It most certainly stands well by itself, while leaving the reader with a desire for more of this futuristic, dystopian reality. Though it took me a while to get used to the first person present-tense perspective, which deeply annoyed me at first, the plot and depth was such that I -did- eventually get over it and was able to immerse myself in the solid imagery and rapid pacing.

The main character is a strong, jaded female forced into the mold of circumstance. Her maturity, and at times, immaturity, are well-placed and believable given her age, background, and the harshness (both mental and physical) of her surroundings. Though the male counterpart, Peeta, seemed a bit flat and their would-be romance deliberately difficult to buy, Katniss herself made up for it. If only because the author was masterfully subtle in the matter-of-factness of the character's voice, and her consistent ability to get me to ask myself 'what would I do if that were me?' questions. The moral depravity of the situation isn't thrust on the reader with undertones of the author's feelings, it simply is what it is--a cruel force that happens to be unimaginably above and beyond the control of any of the characters.

The degree of boyscout-like survival tidbits was downright inspiring, and along with the brutal depictions of violence, gave the book a certain appeal to males. The details on edible plants and basic survival skills was accurate without being dull...and indeed, the moral quandaries presented in the story result in a wealth of potentially valuable but covert lessons. For that, the book has earned a place on the list of those I will encourage my children to read on day. When they are of an appropriate age to handle the darker concepts contained therein, of course.

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I love The Hunger Games and wish the second two books were are good as this one. They're okay, but this one is really great. Katniss is pretty awesome, and so is Peeta. Pretty violent though, but I guess a lot of books are these days. Great story and full of action. I couldn't put this book down!
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Avery Lamper Reviewed by Avery Lamper September 21, 2013
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Action Packed!!

I love The Hunger Games and wish the second two books were are good as this one. They're okay, but this one is really great. Katniss is pretty awesome, and so is Peeta. Pretty violent though, but I guess a lot of books are these days. Great story and full of action. I couldn't put this book down!

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This book is amazing. It's a must read and modern classic.
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Brynn Reviewed by Brynn August 04, 2013
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IF YOU DON'T LOVE THIS BOOK YOU NEED TO GET OUT NOW

This book is amazing. It's a must read and modern classic.

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