The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780545229937
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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In a future, post-apocalyptic nation in North America lies a place called Panem, where a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen volunteers in a televised battle royale called “The Hunger Games.” This event is an annual event where a boy and a girl between ages of 12 to 18 are selected randomly from 12 districts they live in so they can compete against each other. Katniss being brave decided to volunteer in place of someone she loves very much, so for her to do that shows how strong of a protagonist she is. With an old schoolboy chosen to be her partner, connections are made. 

In the process leading up to the important televised event that will happen, excitement, hope, and courage is felt throughout the novel. As the days get closer to the pressure that The Capitol - a highly advanced metropolis that controls the nation has on the teens to prepare perfectly, it keeps you at the edge of your seat to wonder what will happen next. Many teens will go against each other in loyalty to their specific district, so much honor and good luck is wished on them to do their best with their knowledge and strengths they all individually carry. 

This book had its strengths and weaknesses, mostly I loved the book due to it’s intense nature. Author Collins creatively wrote a novel (and a series) of a futuristic world with an interesting perspective that may not be exactly seen as a positive one overall. As the Hunger Games go on, the reader can seem to get attached to the abilities and likeliness of every character, and you can really feel for them in terms of what they had to go through. The description of the characters also feels very realistic, so when we get to get a look at how characters help each other out even when they aren’t supposed to, it gives us hope and makes us feel united to the novel. The future can be scary, but we can all still be used in order to make things better for all of us. This book will keep you entertained, and especially keep you rooting for the brave teenagers all throughout their experiences in the Hunger Games! --REVIEW BY KAREN, 10TH GRADE

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jjichyuchyu
May 17, 2021

Every year, Panem, a dystopian society, hosts the Hunger Games, which casts one female and one male representative from each of its twelve districts against one another in a deathmatch. The Games are seen as a kind of annual "entertainment" by all of Panem's Districts, but in reality, it's a power play staged by the Capitol (the wealthiest of the districts). Now I gotta say, this is one of the best apocalyptic YA teen novels I've read this year. When reading this book, don't let the movies influence your view of the Hunger Games; it is magnificent. Katniss' purpose is both genuine and touching, something I admire. Her love for her sister gives meaning to her otherwise stoic persona. Her determination and desire to live energized the book and had me completely engrossed, as did the other characters' distinct personalities! One of my favorite characters is Haymitch Abernathy! It is beautiful for the unflinching way it shows someone, as a reader, your own willingness to disregard people who are different from you through this dystopian society.

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SeanBerkowitz
May 09, 2021

If Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game had a child, it would be The Hunger Games. A great read. Looking forward to the next few books.

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red_bear_6047
Apr 09, 2021

I enjoyed this book. The Hunger Games series starts out with the idea of struggle. This book does introduce some serious characters, with some things younger crowds may not like, such as violence and betrayal. This book was a page-turner, with characters that had many feelings, and tough situations.

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Parveen_5
Apr 08, 2021

Summary:
Twenty-four teenagers from twelve different districts, chosen by chance, fight till death in the Hunger Games. The game is organized by the government as a punishment for the citizens’ past. This novel is told from Katniss Everdeen’s perspective; she puts everything on the line in attempt to make it out alive. A boy from her district, Peeta Mellark, who had once saved her now fights against her. Katniss navigates through the new world that she has been thrown in a courageous, daring manner. Throughout this game, Katniss forms bond with people who will forever change her life. The Hunger Games is an dystopian novel, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you craving more; a novel that will make you cry, laugh, and keep you asking yourself: How much more further can Katniss go?

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This book is captured raw feelings of grief and immeasurable lost. But woven through the plot is love and happiness, which added another layer to a book full of suffering. I loved the world that Collins built; it was complex yet simple to understand. Even though this is the first novel in The Hunger Games trilogy, the characters are well-developed and have a lot of depth to them. I began to admire Katniss’s bravery as the story progressed, and I began to feel what Katniss was feeling. Collins is undoubtedly a powerful writer, and I throughly enjoyed this novel.

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indigo_butterfly
Apr 03, 2021

The Hunger Games are a very popular book, but are sometimes overlooked. I, myself, thought that the books were overrated.

The first book introduces us to Katniss Everdeen, and her small family, living in District 12.
We later find out that the Districts, 12 in total, provide the Capital with produce such as wood, coal, crops, technology, etc.
Panem, the nation created after North America was destroyed, was divided into 13 Districts, all controlled by the Capital.
In the past, during the dark days, there was a rebellion started by the Districts. The Capital had taken victory, and District 13 had been demolished - blown to pieces. All the other districts were now at the mercy of the Capital.

As a punishment, The Treaty of Treason was written -- to remind the Districts of the Capital’s power.
Each year, two tributes from each district, a male and a female, were to be picked. They were to be kids, aged 12-18, and picked randomly - their fate, decided by little slips of paper.
These tributes were to all gather in a customized arena, of the Captiol’s making, and fight to death, till only one victor remained standing.

All of the tributes face the same conflict, the Hunger Games.
It’s a mix of character vs. nature, character vs society, character vs another character -- a truly enthralling mix.
Throughout the books (a trilogy, with a new prequel) , Katniss has to go through some decisions to protect her family, to protect her values, and to learn lessons about friendship & love. She gets to understand the Capital on another level, she meets new people, and gets to see the true shades of humanity in action.

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AlexaLe
Mar 30, 2021

Dystopian societies have always been popular tropes in YA books, and The Hunger Games is one of the most brilliant examples of this. North America has become Panem, an area split into 12 different districts, each focusing on a certain aspect of the economy. After the bloody riots in the past, known as the Dark Days, the Capitol attempts to keep their hold on Panem by holding the Hunger Games, an annual event in which two tributes from each district participate in a deadly game of survival, until only one remains standing. When young Katniss Everdeen from District 12 steps in to take the place of her sister Prim, she must engage in a variety of horrific activities with her district partner Peeta, who she also has a complicated past with. With her hunting skills and a love story that seeks to play in her favor, she must use her wits to survive against the odds.

While some may write this off as a typical YA novel, Suzanne Collins does a great job creating an engaging storyline set in a horrific, morally negligent society. Katniss Everdeen’s character development is stellar, as she quickly learns that she has to do what is necessary while still maintaining her morals. She grows into a strong young woman with a fierce determination, doing what she must to save her family and friends. Furthermore, one aspect of the novels that I do not think is touched on enough but is so prominent is the characterization of the Careers, or those who were trained to kill and participate in the Hunger Games. Some may have no sympathy for them, but Collins really emphasizes the notion that they too were children, brainwashed to be solely preoccupied with murder by the Capital. Stripping away those facades in their final moments and revealing some aspects of love and humanity teaches the audience about perspective and empathy.

Although many have tried to copy it, I believe that The Hunger Games is one of the best YA novels set in a dystopian society in regards to theme and plot. This is definitely not for those who are not comfortable with murder, or simply do not enjoy YA novels. However, if you have not read this, I recommend both the novel and the movie!

Age rating: 13+
Book rating: 5 stars

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

3/5 Stars

This world is divided into 13 factions. Each of a different social and economic status. With Faction 13 destroyed, there are only 12 factions left. Each year 2 people are randomly selected to compete in the “Hunger Games” – an everyone for themselves fight to the death for the wealthier factions to watch and enjoy. When Katniss’ young sister Primrose is selected to participate Katniss volunteers to take her place. Katniss is forced to learn how to survive on her own, form alliances, and find food, water, and shelter. She must learn to get along with her factions’ other participant, Peeta Mellark, a poor, shy, baker. They must train together to prepare for the games. With less prior training, money, and power the lower districts never win the games. With winning set in her heart Katniss does everything she can to survive and get back home to her family and friends.

I like this movie, but I feel like the acting could have been much better. I think that it was the one major flaw of the movie. I believe that the role of Peeta was perfectly cast but the roles of Katniss and her best friend Gale were not. The main idea from the book is present in the movie however some smaller events were changed very much. I think that the main and secondary characters were all very well developed with great depth and development through the movie.

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Andreaquach
Mar 23, 2021

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Surviving has always been Katniss’s way of life in District 12 of Panem. Never enough money, she learned to hunt illegally with her friend Gale over the fence to feed herself and her family. It is the time of the Reaping, when one boy and one girl, ages 12 to 18, will be chosen from each of the twelve districts as tributes to the Hunger Games. When her 12 year sister Prim is called, time stops. How could this happen to her sweet Prim, and on her first ever Reaping? Katniss surges to the front of the crowd to volunteer as tribute. The boy tribute is Peeta, the son of the baker that once saved her life when she was starving to death. She leaves her family and friends in District 12, knowing this very well be the last time she will see them. Only one may win the Hunger Games out of the 24 tributes. With the drunken Haymitch as Peeta and Katniss’s mentor, they seemed doomed, but maybe not. Katniss is forced to fight for her life in the Hunger Games and make decisions that weigh love against life.
This book was intense and I was hooked on every page I turned. Katniss faces conflict between love and survival, and some moments were so heart clenching, beautiful, and edge-of-your-seat thrilling! I recommend this book to those who enjoy rebellion, action/adventure, dystopian fiction and romance.

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keerthananoru
Mar 19, 2021

The Hunger Games is an amazing book, and a wonderful trilogy! It takes place in a dystopia called Panem where two teenagers from each of the country's 12 Districts are forced into a huge arena, are thrown inhumane and disastrous obstacles, and must fight until there is only one person left alive. Panem is a state that was established because of global conflict, and the collapse of modern civilization. They host the Hunger Games for pure entertainment reasons. In Katniss’ district her sister gets chosen, so Katniss takes her place. Katniss faces many challenges throughout the story from not being able to find any drinking water, to thinking if she should kill a person or not. I recommend this book for readers who like intense stories, and are 10+. This series is very brutal, and heartbreaking at parts when we lose our favorite characters. It has a wonderful story line which makes it hard to put down once started.

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DMPenguinReads
Mar 09, 2021

my favrite part was when they said "want a winner then let us both win or no one

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“We could do it, you know."
"What?"
"Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Yes, and I’m sure the arena will be full of bags of flour for me to chuck at people.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Katniss, the girl who was on fire!”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 10, 2020

"No, when the time comes, I'm sure I'll kill just like everybody else. I can't go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to . . . to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their games." - Peeta

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"They don't own me. If I'm gonna die, I still wanna be me."

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Anna Beyer
Oct 06, 2019

"Katniss the girl who was on fire."
-Cinna

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Anna Beyer
Oct 06, 2019

"I asked for district twelve,"
-Cinna

hermione934 Oct 02, 2019

"Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the Seventy-fourth Huger Games, Katinss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! I give you--- the tributes of District Twelve!"
~Claudius Templesmith~Part 3~Chapter 25~Page 345~

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blue_panda_4979
Mar 09, 2021

Sexual Content: some kissing

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blue_panda_4979
Mar 09, 2021

Violence: lots of blood and killing

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

Sexual Content: lots of kissing and some mention of nudity in past tributes costumes.

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NightThinker
Jul 29, 2015

Violence: Killing

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FunkyMonkey100
Jul 29, 2015

Violence: Killing and blood is involved

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CielyRanger
May 06, 2015

Sexual Content: Some references to skimpy costumes worn by past tributes. Lots of kissing.

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CielyRanger
May 06, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Kids killing kids. And at one point the main character is hallucinating and some of the things she sees may be frightening. Tactics to frighten tributes with freaky animals used by the capitol.

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CielyRanger
May 06, 2015

Violence: Lot's of violence between children. Not very descriptive, but told in a kind of blank, almost emotionless way that's a little creepy.

rose_friedman Mar 19, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This is a book about kids killing other kids. This may upset people so just keep that in mind.

ChocolateHeartz Jul 26, 2013

Violence: There are bloody and violent scenes.

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TheRedJewel
Sep 30, 2019

Katniss Everdeen takes the place of her sister, Prim, and joins the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. She and Peeta Mellark, the boy tribute from District 12, fight to stay alive while other teens try to kill them.

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KyraJR
Jun 24, 2017

The hunger games is a yearly competition where people 2 people (a male and female) are chosen from each of the 12 districts to be put to a battle to the dead against each other where they must each use their own unique survival skills to stay alive until the end. When young Primrose Everdeen is chosen, her older sister Katniss volunteers to go in for her, putting everything on the line for her family.
2 Victors
1 Opportunity to win
0 Second chances

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sadosyed
Jul 26, 2016

At the beginning of the Hunger Games Primrose Everdeen gets picked to be part of them. But her 16 year old sister, Katniss Everdeen, couldn't let that happen. In every single Hunger Game a male and female get picked, and this year it was Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Everything goes wrong once they both win the Games. They never would've that that would be two victors.

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kaitlynchanthas
Jul 25, 2016

You never know what you can do when you put your mind to it. You also don't know how hated you can be when you succeed. Katniss Everdeen did just that. Find out what she does to become the most hated and loved person in this amazing dystopia.

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Penelope_21
Jul 06, 2016

Panem is split up into 12 districts. Each year, every district is forced to randomly choose two tributes--one girl and one boy--to fight in the annual Hunger Games. A fight to the death on live television. Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place when she is called to be the tribute of the 74th annual Hunger Games.

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Coffeec
Jul 05, 2016

A girls little sister gets picked and she volunteers she must win the hunger games for her family.

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Kristin6951
Jun 30, 2016

The Hunger Games is about a teenaged girl named Katniss, who gets choosen to do the hunger games.

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NaseemYasmeen
Jun 28, 2016

This book, is a about a future world, where there are districts from 1 to 12. The districts are ruled by the Capitol. The main character in this book, is Katniss Everdean. Every year, one male and one female from each other is chosen to battle and fight with one another in what is called "The Hunger Games". The names are chosen at random through a draw. There is about 24 people in the Hunger Games, every year and they fight to death, until there is one district left.

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Chandni_M
Jun 22, 2016

Panem is split up into 12 districts. Each year, every district is forced to randomly choose two tributes--one girl and one boy--to fight in the annual Hunger Games. A fight to the death on live television. Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place when she is called to be the tribute of the 74th annual Hunger Games.

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edbodnar
Mar 20, 2016

What used to be North America is now turned into the dystopian region Panem, divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. The Capitol punishes the districts for a previous rebellion annually, making each district provide a boy and a girl to participate in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a fight to the death in an arena, different each year. The amazing first book of the series follows Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, as she goes through the horrors of the Hunger Games.

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