The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

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A good read
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3.5
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This was a good read. I must say, it took me a while to get into it as I felt the preparation for the actual Hunger Games took up most of the book and slowed the pace a bit. The characters were well crafted, and I especially liked the budding relationship between Katniss and Peeta. It felt authentic. The story just didn't grab me as I had hoped it would have, but it was still a good read.
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Exciting but bloody
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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3.0
I was pulled into the excitement of this book, could not put it down, although I am usually turned off by violence. I immediately went out and bought books two and three, but by the end of the third book I was bored and disgusted.
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I'm on the bandwagon!
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
I can finally say that I have left my rock and joined the “in-crowd.” I finally read The Hunger Games. It’s true that these books have been sitting on my shelves gathering dust for at least a year, maybe longer. I have no excuse to offer for why I haven’t read these books until now. I knew they were great (I’ve heard it constantly). I’ve been threatened by my friends to read the books “or else”—but they always seems to forgive me. =) But, alas, I can finally say I have read them… and boy am I glad I did!




While I was talking with one my friends yesterday, I asked if she had read this series. She said no, but she had the books in her classroom. I snickered. (out loud) I told her I finally read these books and she needed to do it pronto. Then I explained why…





First, the characters. I loved how different Peeta and Katniss were. You truly get the sense that Peeta is a genuine “nice guy” that you can’t help but like. He doesn’t seem weak or annoying. In fact, he warms my heart and made me smile. Katniss, on the other hand, is a little rough around the edges. She’s not unlikeable by any means. I really liked her. I am a sucker for books with strong female characters! (Not the typical whiny, boy crazy, hormonal nightmares that you normally read about.) The relationship between Prim and Katniss captivated me. For someone to volunteer for such horror to protect another… wow. Oh, and then there was Haymitch. Heh. He was grouchy, ornery, and an absolute riot. Maybe I wasn’t supposed to like him as much as I did, but I couldn’t help it.




I don’t think there is much to say about this book since just about everyone I know has read it already. I can only offer my insights into the book that has been given so much hype. I was fascinated by the games. Since there are three books, I already knew how the games would eventually end. That wasn’t a surprise, which I think took away from my experience. Somehow knowing that the two main characters survive took part of the thrill away. Of course, there were a few surprising twists to keep it interesting until the end.




I think it’s safe to say I am pleased that I finally read this book. Did it get a 5 star rating from me? No, and that’s probably because I knew too much about the book going in. This is a solid 4 (maybe a 4.5?), however. I devoured it in a day and instantly started on the second book. I can’t wait to see the movie now and see how the unique characters and settings are brought to life.



Good Points
Katniss rocks!
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(Updated: April 20, 2012)
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I think it could have been better. There wasn't much meaning in it. It was pretty good, but not the best book ever. Also, I didn't really like how the author made it into a love story. It made the book just another romance with scary things in it. I think that Katniss should've kept strong instead of falling in love. I mean, it's great that the hero is a girl for once, but of course, she has to fall in love.
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I think that the author did a good job of making you feel the emotions of the characters. I could feel all of the emotions that Katniss felt in the arena. The author described her feelings very well, so I felt them too. When one of Katniss’s close friends died, I felt her sadness. I could better understand why Katniss did things by feeling her emotions. I could understand why she suddenly became so determined to win at one part in the book. I could feel her feelings, how she was so sad and angry that her friend had died, and she felt like she had to avenge her.
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Couldn't connect with it.
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3.5
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3.0
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This was a good read. I had a lot of expectations but was a little disappointed that I couldn't get into the book as much as I would have like to. The characters were well portrayed and I did like the budding romance between Katniss and Peeta, I just couldn't connect with them. They didn't fly off the page enough. The preparation for the Hunger Games took up most of the book, and I fet as though that slowed the pace a bit. It was a good read just not a great one.
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Way Better Than I Anticipated
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Honestly, I didn't think I would like this book at first. I mean, come on, putting a bunch of kids in an arena to fight to the death? It just sounded so horribly wrong and gruesome, but man was it full of such suspense. The writing was so good that I felt like I was Katniss herself, the main character in the book. I literally could not put the book down. I was even late to work a few times (I like to read when I wake up) because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The chapters are like cliffhangers that beg you to keep reading.
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Vivid details and descriptions made for awesome imagery.
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The Hunger Games
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4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who takes her sister, Prim’s place as a tribute in the hunger games.The main character, Katniss, lives in District 12, in a poor mining community called the Seam with her mother and sister.Two children in each district are chosen randomly to compete with each other to the death in an arena. The event is televised for everyone in the Capitol to see. The winning tribute is given food for themselves and their families.Along with Katniss is a boy named Peeta Malark, who is also drawn to fight in the Games.Peeta Malark is the baker’s son that Katniss knows through school.
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Suspenseful to the point that you don't want to put it down
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Brilliant!
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
I read the Hunger Games trilogy a year ago, and I was absolutely amazed. Loved the characters and point of view. I admire how strong and confident Katniss was as a female lead. It was refreshing. Great detail and the plot is unique. Reading it all over again in preparation for the movie.
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Wow
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5.0
I admit, with the hype surrounding THE HUNGER GAMES, I was nervous to open the book. How could it possibly live up to all the amazing things people were saying?

It did.

Collins has a strong, compelling writing style, and this book grabs you from the beginning. When Katniss volunteers to go to the Hunger Games in her sister's place, I got chills. With that one selfless act, Katniss changed from a hard, not incredibly lovable character to someone sympathetic and worth cheering for.

The worldbuilding is fantastic and terrifying. I loved learning about the districts and the Capitol, and getting a peek at the crazy fashions and voyeuristic nature of the elite before we're thrown into the Games, which are terrifying and nightmare-inducing.

While I wanted more from Katniss -- for her to make changes and decisions -- this book was still a winner for me.
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Could Not Put It Down
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4.3
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
This book is literary crack. I couldn't put it down. The world is at once familiar and incredibly strange. So fascinating. The stakes are unbelievably high! I was captivated instantly and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The only drawback, in my opinion, is the fact that the characters feel two-dimensional in many ways. Katniss is an unreliable narrator because she is a survivor, first and foremost. She only notices what she needs to know to survive, so the secondary characters come across as undeveloped in many ways. Also, I was disappointed that the author took the hardest decisions away from Katniss. The only contestants she had to kill were the "bad" contestants. The things we were truly dreading (How would she kill Rue????) never happened. That made it feel like Katniss never had to really push herself to her limits until the end. However, the book demands instant consumption, so these small complaints are barely noticeable. I've recommended this book to countless people. So good.
Good Points
Incredible world building, HIGH stakes, edge of your seat pacing
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