The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, ...
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jsteelersfan
03/27/2012

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 5

Best book ever!

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tinkerbell9066
09/09/2009

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 5

The best book I read it in a middle school book club I started now we are reading catching fire. It is so realistic you just kind of don't ever ever want to put it down. In like the first ten minutes I was on pg 72. WOW!

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F.Siok
05/04/2009

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 5

This book is great for teens all the way up to the elderly. I couldn't put it down. It's full of action, suspense, and has great character development. I can't wait till the next book in the series comes out in September - "Catching Fire".

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Reader80145
05/03/2009

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 5

So while I was looking for Edward's story on Stephenie Meyer's website. I noticed she recommended this book. I bought it about 3 weeks ago several months after I seen her recommendation. I started reading it 2 nights ago, and could only put it down to go to work. I finished the book about 10 minutes ago and I was so sad to find out that book 2 is not out...I want to know the rest...I'm a Huge fan of the Twilight Series and I think this series will follow in it's footsteps. Suzanne Collins is an excellent writer that knows how to capture your attention...I'm so glad I read that recommendation. I can't wait to share this book with someone else.

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rabanda
05/03/2009

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 5

I borrowed this from a friend and now I must not only get myself one, but get them as gifts for friends and family who love to read! I can't wait for the sequel and hope they make a movie. I read the whole book in an afternoon and laughed and cried all through it. It is totally engaging from the moment you read the synopsis on the jacket, and that doesn't even do the book justice.

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MareeM.Jones
04/26/2009

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 4

I really enjoyed this book - fast paced, snappy dialogue, excellent storyline development - and as Book 1 of a promised trilogy (Book 2 is due out in September 09 according to Amazon) there is certainly a great deal of potential. Katniss Everdeen lives in a future where the USA has been divided into military districts of starving citizens, gloated over by a strange "Capitol" which seems a bit like an exaggeration of our modern day society. Every year, 2 teenagers are chosen from each district to fight in the Hunger Games, which is broadcast as a reality show. Only 1 of the 24 entrants will win, and they must kill off their opponents to claim victory, and preserve their own life. Katniss is a character without a lot of depth, which makes a certain kind of sense because as the author recognises well into the book, Katniss' daily life is consumed with hunting and trying to provide food for her mother and sister. There is little other time to work out the meaning of her life and who she is apart from provider (I am hopeful this will be the core of Book 2). There is a confusing romance going on in the book, and Katniss' allegiance to Peeta, her fellow District 12 Hunger Games contestant and Gale, her partner in hunting at home. This is never resolved, which is annoying but again, a trilogy requires certain themes to carry over between books and this is a big one.

Stephen King wrote an interesting review of this book on Amazon (initially for Entertainment Weekly I believe) and he makes some good points. Firstly, we all know reality tv is evil and Collins isn't the first author to go down that track (King points out he did the same with The Running Man) and to be honest, the whole "reality tv sucks" theme is a bit played out these days. Secondly, he accuses Collins of some "lazy storytelling" which refers to never mentioning the actual cameras, although Katniss is filmed at every moment and knows she is being filmed and also whenever Katniss really needs something food, medicine etc, it is parachuted down to her in the game by a "sponsor". I know from reading King's "Writers on Writing" that he is particularly harsh on lazy storytelling (understandably so) whereas while I see his point, it wasn't something that bothered me at the time of reading.

I'm not a fan of the "nuclear fallout" books (mind you, Collins never actually says what happened to cause the breaking of the USA) but I did enjoy this one. I'll leave it a while before I pick up book 2, but I do want to know what happens when Katniss gets home and where that darn romance ends up!

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