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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 pitabread? 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.
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
Ideas expressed/message/plot: From book jacket: COULD YOU SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN IN THE WILD WITH EVERY ONE OUT TO MAKE SURE YOU DONT 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 sisters 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Katniss: She was the perfect heroine for this book& strong, smart, and compassionate!; Rue: She was an interesting character brave and smart for her age I was very sorry to see her go; Peeta: Hmm. What can I say about him? Except that he was amazing! I wanted Katniss to see how much he loved her and I felt so sorry for him when she only saw his feelings as part of the game. He was so different from Katniss, but exactly what she needs.
When I finished this book I felt: I never thought I would like this book, so whenever I saw it, I just passed right by it. Now, Im really regretting that! This is one of my all-time favorite books and I cant wait to read the next one. The idea of Panem is terrifying and I like to imagine that it could never happen at least not in such extremes as in the book. But there are some definite parallels that can be drawn between the world today and Panem. The love story in this book was perfect. I never really expected to see a love plot in this type of book but it was there and it was one of my favorites. It was so perfect because Peeta is obvious about his love for Katniss, she thinks its just part of the Games, and she doesnt recognize her own return of those feelings. Im definitely rooting for Katniss and Peeta. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book!
Other books to read by this author: The Underland Chronicles, Catching Fire (Sept. 2009) (next Hunger bk)
I would recommend this book to: Guys and girls with a liking for adventure and a touch of romance (the love story isnt overwhelming so even my little brother will like it)
this book is about katniss everdeen who lives in district 12 of panem the future of North America. once a year each of the 12 districts has to send one boy and one girl tribute between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in the hunger games.A fight to the death in an arena where they have to use the elements to survive.the rules are simple the last tribute alive is the winner. When Katniss finds herself as a tribute she must do everything she can to win. I thought this bookwas amazing. even though the hunger games do not exist I felt like i could relate tothe characters and thier feelings.i would recommend this book to anyone who is ready for an adventure and i cant wait for the sequel.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother
and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of
what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the
Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each
district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual
televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and
level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant:
kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up
to go in her place.
The hungers games, just Wow. If you haven't
read it i Strongly recommend it(wow that rhythms). I loved every bit of
it.It was EXCITING, FULL of ADVENTURE, ACTION PACKED, put a little
ROMANCE in the Mix, and you got a great book. I love Katniss as a
heroine,strong, caring and unique individual.Who has a wicked arm with
the bow and arrow. I felt like i was a citizen in the book
watching every bit of it happen.I was rooting for Katniss and Peeta the
whole time. It was funny because when i read i tend to just say
something random and out the blue, well i was kind of yelling at
Katniss the whole time. I yelled "runaway!!!" and my sister just looked
at me like i was crazy and was like shut up. I love this book. The sad
thing is i have to wait for Catching Fire :(