Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been clse to death before--and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...
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Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers - a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Reviewed by Romi Foster (22 Mar 2012)
This is the first book in the Hunger Games series, a series of trust, loyalty, desperation, need, pain, hope, love and death. The Hunger Games is a series out of this world- it is exceptional and heartbreaking, painful and gripping- I don't compare it to other books. I couldn't, not ever.
In the far future the world has changed vastly and terribly- the northern United States have divided into fourteen individual parts- districts 1-13 (though thirteen is no longer inhabited) and the Capitol. Each year one man and woman from each district between the ages of 12 and 18 are randomly selected to fight in an arena, fight to the death, to repay the Capitol for an uprising years in the past. It is now the 74th annual Hunger Games. And this year, we are welcome to watch.
Book Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (26 Jan 2012)
This is one of those very hyped up books I just had to read, did it deliver? Yes and No.
Unfortunately I didnt find anything of much originality in the story. Perhaps I have read to many books or saw too many movies much the concept has been done.
Katniss Everdeen has been chosen in the annual reaping to fight to Death in the Hunger Games on live TV.
What follows is a battle of survival and a soppy love story. Im still interested in reading the rest of the series as perhaps the story may delve deeper and get more involved.
Overall a well written but predicable story.
Book Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Reviewed by CloggieA (06 Aug 2011)
The Hunger Games is the 7th book by Suzanne Collins and the first in the Hunger Games trilogy. It is set in a future time, in a country called Panem, situated in the remains of North America. Panem consists of the Capitol and 12 surrounding Districts, and is a place where life is decidedly less than pleasant for the majority of the population. Narrated by Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old from District 12, it describes a society strictly governed, lives of deprivation, reduced to illegal hunter-gatherer activities to avoid starvation, and tells of the hardship of surviving. Katniss is one of 24 “tributes”, picked by lottery in each District, to participate in a “Survivor”-type situation, the annual (and nationally televised for compulsory viewing) Hunger Games, a fight to the death with only one winner. It is clear that Collins has done extensive research into hunting, gathering and wilderness survival. The novel emphasises the contrasts between the sumptuous wealth of Capitol and poverty of the Districts. The story reflects real life in that it shows how important image, strategy and sponsors are to success. It is ultimately shows real life stresses condensed in time and magnified in intensity. Think reality TV mixed with wartime battles: this is where Collins got her inspiration. Definitely not Capital L literature, but a page-turner and addictive all the same: you will be seeking out the second instalment, Catching Fire.