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The Games Of Survival
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Reader reviewed by Aryanna

The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins was a fantastic read. It was full of suspense, romance, adventure, and action. I loved Katniss,Rue, and Peeta. They all had depth and weren't one dimensional at all. The story was amazing and you feel like you are there with Katniss. Some parts were gross but I couldn't stop reading. All in all this is one of my favorite books of all time!
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As Good As Everyone Claims It To Be!
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Reader reviewed by Iryna

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 other districts in line by forcing them
to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live
TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are
selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his
or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins:
one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old
Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister,
regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her
impoverished district 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 weigh survival against humanity and life
against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York
Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense
and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a
future with unsettling parallels to our present.


Last
week at Chapters I was faced with the difficult decision of whether to
buy "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (Option #1) or "The Truth
About Forever" by Sarah Dessen and "The Dust of 100 Dogs" by A.S. King
(Option #2). You see, I had a $20 dollar limit and I couldn't buy a
penny over since I was using a gift card. Thankfully, the store had 20%
off on all kids and teens books which reduced the price.

Anyways,
after walking up to an employee and asking her what she thought I
should buy, together we googled "The Hunger Games" to see if it was
coming out in paperback anytime soon (it wasn't) and instead found some
fantastic reviews. That was probably what convinced me to buy "The
Hunger Games" and let me tell you - you don't know how glad I am that I
did!

Katniss is a strong character and very intelligent without
ever being a know-it-all. I could easily relate to her, too. I also
really liked Rue. Actually, now that I think about, the only
character(s) I didn't like were the Gamemakers because they killed so
many people and the author didn't introduce them properly into the book.

If
you're trying to convince your parents to buy you this book tell them
it's an ESSENTIAL novel for everyone. I mean really, where else am I
going to find out how to heal a bite stung by a mutant bee or crack a
puzzle without being killed by a bomb?

Go to the bookstore/library now and be prepared to agree with me on this A+ book.


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Deadly Futuristic Game
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Reader reviewed by Amy

Set in the future two teens from each "division" are selected to participate in The Hunger Games annually.  Rules are only one teen comes out alive in this game.  Take a trip into the Hunger Game and participate in all the deadly action sure to keep you flipping pages.  Who wins?  Read to find out!
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Winning means fame; Losing means certain death
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Reader reviewed by Lauren

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book taking place in the future North America in the nation of Panem. Panem has twelve districts, and each year when the Hunger Games take place, two from each are chosen to compete in an epic event: fighting to the death. The lone winner will get fame and fortune, and everyone else dies.

Katniss lives with her mother and younger sister (her father died in a mining accident). When her little sister gets nominated, she takes her place and leaves the 12th and poorest district to a futuristic city with more luxeries than she could imagine. The other competitor from her district's name is Peeta, and the two weren't ever really friends, but they get along.

When the Games finally begin, Katniss is on her own against 23 other girls and boys who are all striving for the same thing: to survive. Groups from higher level districts team up for the beginning, and somehow Peeta gets in, working along side them. However, Katniss learns that it's all an act when he saves her life later on.

Katniss and Peeta's trainer can send them helpful items if need be. Because of this he has some leverage over what he wants the pair to do, and he wants them to act like they're in love with each other. Katniss and Peeta act well, working as a team when a sudden rule states that you can work with your district teammate. The problem is that Peeta is mortally wounded.

This book is very well constructed and completly original. I'd reccomend it to absolutly everyone!


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Truly Amazing
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Reader reviewed by Iryna

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 other districts in line by
forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a
fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of
twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings
riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared
to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its
rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her
mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is
forced to represent her impoverished district 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 weigh survival against
humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins,
author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers
equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this
stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.


Last
week at Chapters I was faced with the difficult decision of whether to
buy "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (Option #1) or "The Truth
About Forever" by Sarah Dessen and "The Dust of 100 Dogs" by A.S. King
(Option #2). You see, I had a $20 dollar limit and I couldn't buy a
penny over since I was using a gift card. Thankfully, the store had 20%
off on all kids and teens books which reduced the price.

Anyways,
after walking up to an employee and asking her what she thought I
should buy, together we googled "The Hunger Games" to see if it was
coming out in paperback anytime soon (it wasn't) and instead found some
fantastic reviews. That was probably what convinced me to buy "The
Hunger Games" and let me tell you - you don't know how glad I am that I
did!

Katniss is a strong character and very intelligent without
ever being a know-it-all. I could easily relate to her, too. I also
really liked Rue. Actually, now that I think about, the only
character(s) I didn't like were the Gamemakers because they killed so
many people and the author didn't introduce them properly into the book.

If
you're trying to convince your parents to buy you this book tell them
it's an ESSENTIAL novel for everyone. I mean really, where else am I
going to find out how to heal a bite stung by a mutant bee or crack a
puzzle without being killed by a bomb?

Go to the bookstore/library now and be prepared to agree with me on this A+ book.


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Game of Life and Death!!
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Reader reviewed by Shea Burnett

Absoulutly fantastic!!  This book is amazing it takes place in the futer when the government has taken over and instead of states it is all districts, this book is about a girl and her family and when her sister is picked from a drawing that means you will go and fight with other districts and probley die fighting she goes in her place. One boy and one girl is picked from each disrict and turns out the boy who will be fighting is one of her friends! In the end her and her friend are the final two and must fight will each other, one of them might get killed and for what, a years supply of food! Who will die? Will anyone die? Who will win? This book is breathtaking gladiator-like but all around great!


 


 

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A gripping post-war tale
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Reader reviewed by Liz C.



Sometime after the world as we know it ends a new nation
called Panem emerges. Panem is divided into 12 districts, and one Capitol.
Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 with her mother and little sister. Since
her father died in a mining accident she has had to fight everyday, breaking
laws and risking her life just to keep her family fed. Once a year the Capitol
holds The Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl over the age of 12 from each
of the 12 districts are thrown into an arena. At the end, only one person is
still living, and they are the winner. To decide who goes, each district holds
a Reaping. At the age of 12 you automatically get one ticket added to the
Reaping hat. If youre poor and cannot get food to eat, you can trade more name
tickets for grain. That means you now have a better chance of being called out
at The Reaping, and sent into the unknown to fight for your life. After Katniss
sister is pulled out of the Reaping Hat, Katniss volunteers to take her
place. The boy that is called out is Peeta, the son of a baker (get it? Peeta? Baking?),
and the boy Katniss credits with saving her life after her father died. Suddenly
they are hauled away from their family and taken to The Capitol, where the rich
people of Panem live. After a week of training, preparations and ceremonies,
The Hunger Games have finally begun. Since only one person can win, that means
either Katniss or Peeta has to die. Or do they?



 



 



In a world where Twilight is considered the best YA novel
ever, I am very happy to see The Hunger Games get so much attention.  It is a great example of what a YA novel
should be. It is unique, creative, and makes you think long after youve
finished the book. The plot is gripping; you hate having to picture these kids
killing each other, but you also want the main characters to win! Typical of a
YA novel is has much gooey romance to win over the stubborn sci-fi readers. The
ending is both inspiring but worrying. My only 
complaint is that the author could have been a tad bit more creative
when naming the characters. It reminded me of those celebrities who name their
kids wacky things like Zuma and Pilot. But once you get over that, you wont
want to put this book down.





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I Hunger for More!
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5.0
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Reader reviewed by whatofwonderland

Brilliant! I was so pleased to find a book with so much character and spunk! Kept me reading on and on, begging to know what would be coming next. In this world, people must work hard and behave to stay alive. Any wrong move and you're gone. For entertainment the capitol takes players (one boy and one girl) from the surrounding twelve districts and throws them into a match to the death. Players do not know what to expect as far as the elements, their environments, as well as their rival competitors. With the whole world watching their inner and outer battles, they must find ways to outsmart the others. The ultimate prize; their lives.
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The Hunger Games Have Begun...
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Reader reviewed by deltay

Firstly, Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games is an absolutely breathtaking masterpiece. I seem to be on a bit of an dysfunctional futuristic sci fi rampage these days, what with reading Anthem, The Chrysalids, and researching 1984, Brave New World, and the like. And The Hunger Games completely blew me away with its originality. That's not to say every single concept was entirely unheard of previously (hearing the premise before reading, it reminded me of Gloria Skurzynski's The Virtual War Chronologs), but the execution was definitely Collins's own.

The voice was excellent. It was distinctive, wry at times, with dispersed bits of dry humour - which is quite the feat, considering the fact that this is a book about survival by killing other kids your age. The tense - present - was barely noticeable. In fact, half the time, it was like the words fell away and the immediacy offered just brought the reader that much closer to Katniss because of the barely noticeable tense. I mean, with most books, on some level you're aware that you're simply reading the story. But with The Hunger Games, there were moments where the words just fell away and it was like actually being immersed in the story. And the flashbacks! Wow - incorporating backstory like that, in such a form, without making it seem like an infodump - that in itself is a huge accomplishment, which is more than can be said for a lot of others.

The characterization of Katniss was excellent. I enjoyed the fact that her shortcomings were realistically portrayed in an endearing way. Especially the way - epitome of show, don't tell, as far as writers' advice goes. The flaws seemed natural, not purposely fabricated to escape Sue-dom, but simply part of who she is. She's a spunky one. (And alright, I may be slightly biased, having slight feminist tendencies at times, seeing as how Katniss is such a strong female lead.) In contrast, there were slight moments of too much perfection coming from Peeta Mellark at times, but viewed from Katniss's narration, these hardly made a noticeable impact.
However, throughout the novel, Peeta's name kept bothering me. And I couldn't figure out why. But now I have - Peeta. Does that not remind you of pita bread? The baker's son? If that was indeed what Collins was going for; ingeniously sly.


Let's face it. Most of us probably have not experienced the things that Katniss and Peeta have; going without food, being beaten for burning bread, and certainly not the Games themselves. Such is the skill of Collins, being able to pull the audience in, allowing them to emphathize with something so different, so remote. Diction choice just had to extra zesty zing.

The premise also brings up a lot of interesting concepts. We have to admit it - with the way media is going nowadays, I mean honestly, reality t.v., there's not a lot of thinking involved. Purely entertainment value, right? Somehow, Collins took this concept, tossed it into a crock-pot with the whole Gladiators concept, and churned out something so deeply thought-provoking. Is our society already headed in such a direction?

And it's not blatantly thought-provoking either; it's one of those novels that creeps up on you, subconciously starting a thought process that continues into conciousness. While being an entertaining read, especially how even in such dire situations, she is able to inject spasms of humour. The Hunger Games is utter brilliance.
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Katniss is My Hero
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Reader reviewed by Brittany Gore

The sequel for this book won't be able to come out fast enough... Katniss's strength throughout the Hunger Games shows that women can do everything. Her bravery to take her sister's place makes me feel empowered. Everything she had to go through is really inspirational to me. It shows me how I want to live my life; fighting until the very end
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