I can't be sure what inspired Collins to write this, but I am very thankful that she did. Set in the future, in the ruins of a place once called North America, Katniss Everdeen embarks on an adventure like no other. Katniss's community unwillinging participates in something mandated by the government called the Hunger Games. Similar to Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, the Hunger Games begin with a drawing that places 24 adolescents, ages 12-18, against each other in a televised fight to the death.
While I was initially unsure of how I would feel about this futuristic far-fetched plot, I ended up reading the entire novel from start to finish in one sitting.I simply could not put it down. Katniss is a believable and admirable character that draws readers in, and keeps them cheering for her in the deadly competition all through the novel. What Katniss finds in the wilderness-style death arena, is surprising. Love, compassion, and revenge help Katniss remain a contestant in the competiton far longer than even she expected.
Briefly: Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl fighting to survive in
District 12. She hunts illegally in the forests outside of the fence;
she does whatever it takes to keep her family alive. When Katniss'
little sister's name is drawn as one of the twenty-four tributes to go
into the Hunger Games-- a battle to the death, where only 1 of the 24
participants will live -- Katniss volunteers to go in her place and
learns what it really means to fight to survive.
If you haven't
heard of the fabulousness that is this book, I think you've been living
in a hole. It's hard to describe this book or review it without talking
in circles or giving something away, so I'm just going to do a quick
little review where I rave about its fantasticness.
We all know I'm a fan of dystopia, and this one is a prime example.
have the classic struggle: Katniss, and all of the other inhabitants of
the twelve Districts, are at the mercy of the ruthless Capitol, where
the yearly deaths of the tributes is entertainment.
You have the
humanist aspect: There are good people in the midst of this, on the
District side as well as the Capitol side, allowing you to gauge the
"wrongness" of this dystopian world.
You have the ?: a triangle no less, but if you haven't heard of Peeta and Gale...again, hole.
have the questions, the myriad 'why's that come with a great dystopian
novel, that make you discuss it with friends and coworkers, and let it
invade your brain and analyze yourself and what you hold true.
All of the factors of a great dystopia are there.
The Hunger Games is more than that. Katniss reads incredibly authentic;
I never felt like I was reading Suzanne Collins, it was always Katniss.
Collins keeps a great tone throughout, and makes Katniss likeable even
when she's being a bit bloodthirsty/obtuse/naive, etc.
great gray area in the book, which I love. Every one seems so human and
flawed, and therefore it is sometimes painful and heartbreaking, but
always engaging and powerful.
The idea of the Hunger Games
themselves -- a Roman arena-style fight to the death, taken to the
extremes that modern and future technology make capable -- is
brilliant. The idea that the Hunger Games are not just entertainment
for the rich Capitol-ites, but are punitive measures taken against the
rest of the country (the Districts) for an unprising, is brilliant.
There is an ominous tone, and that fantastic eerie psychological
quality that abusers use -- "you brought this on yourself" -- taken to
the extreme, as well as the fact that the Districts are essentially
having to send off their children to fight to the death, while they are forced to watch it on TV -- disturbingly brilliant!
If you haven't read it, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Period.
have heard a lot of great talk about this book around the blogosphere,
so I didn't hesitate to go out and buy my own copy of the novel. Just
the summary alone had me hooked. I liked how this book had parts of
many genres - action, suspense, romance, science fiction, etc. It
covered just about everything.
For me, the story started out a
little slow and I was kind of disappointed by the first few chapters
since nothing big was happening yet. But now that I look back on it, I
realize that the author was just setting up the characters, time
period, and background information since it is set in a futuristic
It took me a week or two to get really sucked into the
book, so I began to get in the habit of carrying it around with me
wherever I went in case I had a few minutes of reading time. Because of
the interesting cover, I was asked many times what the book was about.
However, once I started explaining the summary - I just couldn't stop!
So I'll try my best to give a short and to-the-point one. ;]
novel is set in a futuristic world in a place called Panem - what's
left of North America, which is run by the government called The
Capital. Each year, The Capital randomly chooses a boy and girl from
each of the 12 districts to compete in the deadly Hunger Games. It is a
televised gory fight to the death, where only one winner, or "victor"
survives in the end. After her younger sister's name was chosen to
fight in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers herself instead.
I'll tell you - this book was unlike anything else I had ever read. The
creativity practically jumped off of each page, screaming in my face.
It's not until a couple of chapters in, once Katniss actually enters
the arena to start the Hunger Games, that it became addicting. I read
the book for the entire five hour drive home from the beach - refused
to put it down even during bathroom breaks and turned down dinner, too!
Even if this doesn't sound like your type of book, it'll be a mistake
if you turn it down. You are missing out on one heck of an amazing book.
fell in love with particular characters and cried along with Katniss
when they were brutally murdered by other competitors in the games. I
blushed during awkward moments with Peeta, the baker's son who was also
chosen from the same district to compete. My heart felt like it would
burst out of my chest during intense fighting scenes and I had no idea
what would happen next. Overall, I was completely absorbed in this book
and felt like I literally was in the arena with Katniss during the
Hunger Games. The sudden cliff-hanger ending was a shocker to me, and I
didn't see it coming at all. I am on the verge of outbreak since I have
to wait another month for the sequel to come out! This is by far one of
the most creative, addicting, well-written action and survival books
out there. This would make an AMAZING movie!
The Hunger Games Book Review
I recommend reading the book The
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book
has action and also a melancholy tone at some points. The main character Katniss Everdeen nominates
herself to compete in the games. The
games are a fight to the death. Twenty four
people compete in the games and the last one alive wins a life time of food,
glory, and more.
character Katniss Everdeen lives with her mom and her sister Prim in district
12, Panem. Panem is considered North
America. Katniss is a
strong young woman who protects and provides for her family ever since her
father died. Prim is the opposite of
Katniss. Gail Hawthorn is Katnisss best
friend. They met each other while
hunting in illegal territory. The book
opens up on a melancholy toned day. Reaping
day is the most important day of the year. The whole family and Gail head down
to town square where they will await to see who will get to compete in the
deathly games. Prims name is chosen from
the pile and when Katniss heres this she automatically volunteers herself so
her inexperienced hunter sister doesnt have to compete. This shows me how Katniss will do anything for
her family and how protective she is.
Katniss goes to the capital where the training center is. Katniss gets her first taste of fine dinning
here. She will stay there until the games
start. One of her opponents is Peeta
Mellark. He has his strengths and
weaknesses but overall a well trained person for the hunger games. I think the author makes Peeta and Katniss very
similar in abilities to foreshadow how the games will unravel. The games begin and Katniss makes an alliance
with a girl named Rue. Rue eventually
dies with Katniss holding her hand. Katniss
made an effort to stay by Rues side. I
can see again how protective Katniss really is.
Ironically the last two people are Peeta and Katniss. The both of them threaten the producer of the
games to let them both win or they will both eat poisonous berries which means
they will die. Peeta and Katniss are the
winners and win a life time of a privileged life style.
I think the
overall theme of this book would have to be that life is a big game. That game has its easy and hard times but if
you persevere and make good decisions, life will reward you. I also noticed that this author created a lot
of great bonds between the characters.
The Hunger Games written by Suzanne
Collins is a great book because it has everything teens like. This book has suspense, a little love
connection, and teens can actually learn from this book on how the world and
life isnt always what you expect.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is based on a story in the future that people are divided into distracts. In this novel we meet a young girl named Katniss who lives in district 12 a poor distract for mining coal. This distract is part of a country called Panem, who is controlled by the capital. Every year to show the Capital is still in control, they put on a game show. This game is called the Hunger Games. 24 children from the ages 12-18 compete to the death until there is one winner. So when the annual drawings of the names of the contestants are being called, Katnisss willingly takes her sister place. This embarks the beginnings of the adventures in the novel. We watch Katniss goes through the training, get to know her competition, and start to fall for the boy from the districts. When the games begin we watch Katniss plans her strategic moves, her allies start to form, and her feelings start to unfold.
I thought the Hunger Games was a little slow in the beginning and could have got to the action sooner. The last part of the book was very interesting with a lot of action and killing with a slight love connection. This book was very enjoyable to read and was one of my favorites. I usually dont like reading books but this one was very thrilling and kept me interested every moment and I always wanted to know what was coming next. I couldnt sleep at night because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next and always kept me on my toes. I think the author did a great job with this book and has a great imagination and ideas.
Last, I think all teenagers have to read this book because it is entertaining. If I liked the book all the other teenagers will. Im not a big book person but this was a good one. I already got the second ordered and ready to read. This book was awesome!
Man, oh man. This book leaves me speechless.
Actually i have so much to say about this amazing novel and the rest of the series that i will have to try very hard to sum up its perfection without giving away too much. Even if you are not a fan of young adult novels, or even if you dont like to read at all, i dont see how you could not get completely engrossed in this story. Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist, is one of the most well developed characters in any book i have ever read. She is so believeable and relateable and when you have finished the book you feel like you actually know this girl and have known her your whole life. Another great thing about this book is that there are so many characters to fall in love with. There are way to many main characters inthis novel to count and each one of them is described so well. Even characters who are only present for a short time are described in such detail that you feel as if you were there to meet them and know them yourself. The way Collins writes is breathtaking and suspenseful and keeps you glued to the book until you have read the last word in the last sentence of the last page. i read the entire series in three days because i could not put them down. My family thought i was crazy. Now, i am obsessive over reading everything i can about the books and the movie that is coming out next year. i cannot explain how much you NEED to read this if you have not.
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.
This is one of the best novels I have read this year. The basic idea is very similar to Battle Royale. Put some kids in an arena of sorts for a fight to the death. In The Hunger Games, the kids are put in the arena as a way to make sure the twelve districts of Panem do not rebel against the Capitol. The story takes place in Panem, the ruins of North America, and the Capitol is their harsh form of government. The twelve districts each send two tributesa boy and a girl, and the games are televised each year for the citizens to see. Ah, dystopia!
Suzanne Collins made the novel a joy to read. It was thrilling, and I could not wait to find out what happened next. Pretty much every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Even the final one. It almost felt that the novel should have ended earlier and that part of the end should have been saved for the second novel. For now, Ill just believe the author knows what shes doing. I also love how she developed friendships between the tributes. It seems unlikely given that only one tribute can survive, but Collins does it quite realistically with her protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Shes everything I could have asked for in a protagonist. Incredibly likeable and extremely realistic. I dont ask for much, do I? ;) The minor characters are also very interesting. I cant really say lovely or nice with the viciousness of a few of them.
The Hunger Games:
In the book the Hunger Games there is a teenage girl named Katniss, she has the privilege of having to provide for her sister and mother by hunting in the forbidden forest and trading through the black market. Katniss is a well trained warrior, trained by her dad, and knows how to work her way around a bow and arrow. She risks her life every day to make sure her family can stay alive. There are 12 districts in this country that they live in and a powerful government called the Capitol holds all the power. Every year two members from each district will participate in a little thing called the Hunger Games. The drawings are chosen randomly but by the time you are twelve you are eligible to be in the games, it s cruelty. One boy and one girl are chosen from each district and all 24 of them have to fight till the death. They have to fight for their lives and use every tactic they know to stay alive. In the games you have to really watch your back because you never know what will happen next. The games are televised on TV to keep all the districts in check. The reason in the first place for the hunger games is so that what happened to district thirteen never happens again. There are many things you can do during these games but most all of them involve taking a big risk. Only one person survives in the end.
I believe that this book I well written and the author did a great job with characters. She made the people stand out and make you try to understand what the characters were going through in the book. She made everything appeal to your senses. This book makes you stop and think that as much as we complain about a lot of things we have it pretty much made, we dont necessary have to wonder where our next meal will come from or if our government just decide to kill us all one day. Those things are not in our imagination and that is what Katniss has to go through every day.
I do suggest that teenagers read this, it is a great book. It makes you slow down and think; maybe appreciate life a little more each day. Next time when you feel like your life sucks, stop and think about the kids who are suffering.