The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Series, Book 1

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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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ctonci
Jul 01, 2020

The Hunger Games is a fictional book about a dystopian society. America is divided into 12 districts and each year, a young boy and girl from each district are chosen to fight to the death in a coliseum-like battle called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is televised and seen as an entertainment to the richer districts and seen as a death sentence by the poorer districts. Katniss Everdeen, the main character, is chosen for the games and has to navigate the politics and logistics that it takes to survive the games. I personally loved this book because it is a perfect blend of political statements, dangerous adventures, and romance. This book is very entertaining and an easy read, I would rate it a 5 out of 5 since it has heavy political messages throughout the book but still is entertaining to the reader. I would recommend this book to 12+ since there is violence throughout the book. This book would be great for people that like adventure/action fiction books.

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thekevinkoda
Jun 24, 2020

In The Hunger Games, author Suzanne Collins has created a new dystopian nation named Panem. The Hunger Games is an intriguing novel centered on a life in a capitalistic society in which the youth must compete to the death in the annual Hunger Games. The main character Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old teenage girl, volunteers to keep her younger sister from being required to take part in the games and try to survive. Reading the Hunger Games lead to numerous discussions about how a capitalistic society works, however due to its fictional nature it becomes emphasized, or highly projected in the story. I believe that Suzzane Collins has written an extraordinary novel about rebellion against the Government and how we the citizens have the power to fight against them. The book creates a good introduction to a series that focuses on government ideology as propaganda and a revolution of rebellion. I highly recommend this book to start off an amazing trilogy to teens and adults.

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bRIaNt51
Jun 22, 2020

Enter Panem, the country set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world. A large, shining Capitol is surrounded by 13 districts; Each district has the responsibility of producing certain materials, all of which funnel to the Capitol. Suddenly, all 13 districts rise in rebellion against the Capitol. The capitol defeats the districts, obliterating the 13th. As punishment, the Capitol forced the remaining districts to each send two tributes, one female and one male, to fight to the death in an annual Hunger Games. The tribute left standing is a victor, and their respective district will be showered with gifts from the Capitol.

Enter Katniss Everdeen, who lives in District 12, the poorest district of Panem. After her father, a coal miner, is killed in an accident, she breaks strictly enforced laws to provide for her starving family.

As the 74th annual Games approaches, Katniss is chosen as a tribute, and the games proceed as usual, but not in the way one would expect.

Reading this book years ago, I was attracted to the vivid imagery, and the distinct personalities of every character. These elements have more value than what is presented at face value. With the context of the current societal situation, The Hunger Games hits much closer to home.

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maroon_cat_560
Jun 05, 2020

This book is absolutely amazing. I first read it right before I started sixth grade, and I was afraid that my mom wouldn't want me to, so I hid it under my bed. First, I want to be Katniss Everdeen so bad. Though she kind of lives in dystopia, she's awesome. Second, I, like all my friends, wish Peeta Mellark was real. It started out very disturbing, but I think that's the point. A lot of people, especially those who have just seen the movie (or the movie trailer), think that The Hunger Games was written to glorify violence. But actually, it was written for the exact opposite reason (among others). If it were to say that Panem's social functions were ideal, then I think it would be told through the eyes of a bloodthirsty, rich, selfish Capitol citizen with ten Avoxes and two Barbie's-dream-closets. But it's not. Instead, it's told through the eyes of a poor, fatherless, yet spunky teenage girl from the smallest district in Panem. This way, the book isn't to GLORIFY violence, but to speak out AGAINST it. This story is saying that the future WILL be this way if our nation keeps up the way it is. The Capitol is just a metaphor for, well, us. Constantly buying whatever TV tells us to buy. Thinking that we're better than those who have less than us. More important than those in other nations. Taking pleasure in others' pain. Yes, essentially, the READER is Effie Trinket. But at the same time, the first-person narration forces the reader to sympathize with Katniss Everdeen, and simultaneously forces the real-life Effies to sympathize with the real-life Katnisses. The Hunger Games isn't to show that the future should be Panem, but that it shouldn't be. It's not about the future, it's about the present. It's not about Katniss, it's about all of us. It's a beautiful, deep, theoretical, exciting, inspiring story. Though it's dark, if you see through the violent facade, you can find the real meaning of The Hunger Games, and the Hunger Games themselves. So if your parents tell you not to read it, seriously just read it but stuff it under your bed. It's that good, and it's that important. It's exploring what it means to be human, and the powerful strength of love which always dominates the fearsome strength of violence. The horrific world of Panem conveys strong, heart-wrenching messages about ours. What we do to others for the sake of ourselves, our judgement of what is human, and who is human, and the extremes we go to to preserve love. We are all supposed to be Katniss Everdeen (at least I think so, because she's kind of like what I base my wardrobe on), we are all supposed to be Effie Trinket who thinks pearls come from coal, and we are all supposed to be President Snow whose pain turns into a destructive quest for validation. And we're all supposed to read it, and take from it what matters. And come on- who doesn't love Peeta Mellark?

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Nonit101
May 25, 2020

Such a amazing book i absolutely loved it!

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blue_horse_577
May 23, 2020

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a must-read, with its gripping plot, relatable characters, and action-packed scenes. The story is based in future Noth America, in a nation called Panem, which consists of a ruling Capital and twelve districts that provide for it. As punishment for a rebellion, and to keep the districts in check, the Capital forces them to provide one boy and one girl each year to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised game where the children must fight each other till one is left standing. The heroine, Katniss Everdeen, whose daily worries consist of keeping her family safe and feed, is forced into the games when she takes the place of her younger sister. If she wants to survive, she must decide between what is morally right, and survival, all while trying her best not to be killed. From the very first page, the story is hooking and fast-paced. There are very little lulls in the action, for from the very beginning Katniss is drawn into the games, and all the hubbub around it. All of the characters are relatable, especially Katniss. Her core values, of keeping her sister safe and trying to survive in circumstances beyond her control are written in such a simple yet eloquent way that readers can relate, and are sucked into the story. Additionally, Suzanne Collins is a remarkable writer, able to draw the reader in by her outstanding use of imagery. Readers can easily visualize the fights, thanks to her use of detail. I give this book 5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who likes strong female characters, action, or dystopian fiction.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

I know I'm late jumping on the bandwagon here, but I really loved this book. I hesitated to read this because I had written it off as teenage fluff. Boy was I wrong. This was also a great distraction, and I was more than happy to slip into this immersive world and lose myself in Katniss' plight.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 14, 2020

I love this series and the world in polarizing and fascinating, definitely a commentary on politics. I love Katniss and her sacrifice, she is a character that is so interesting and yes she is a strong female character.

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Writing_Warrior
Mar 24, 2020

A good read! I would definitely recommend! The Hunger Games, in my opinion, is the best book of the trilogy. It's thought provoking, suspenseful and action packed, and there are even scenes to make your cry (I certainly did). If you've only seen the movie, I'd strongly recommend reading the book, there's more in the book that the movie doesn't show.

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violet_owl_999
Feb 20, 2020

I absolutely loved this book it had the perfect mix of drama and survival. Katniss is such an inspiring heroine for girls.
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pink_swan_291
Jun 25, 2020

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Kmd129
Apr 28, 2020

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 14, 2020

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Mar 29, 2020

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Feb 11, 2020

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Jan 05, 2020

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JasmineGrace
Nov 02, 2019

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Oct 12, 2019

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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

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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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hermione934
Oct 02, 2019

"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!"
~Effie Trinket~Part 1~Chapter 1~Page 19~

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edesignla
May 29, 2019

"Stay alive."
~ Haymitch

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macvr
Feb 15, 2019

"I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, my money would be on you."-Cinna

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red_ladybug_600
Dec 04, 2018

" Katniss?" Peeta says. I meet his eyes, knowing my face must be some shade of green. He mouths the words. "How about that kiss?"

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madmax011
May 31, 2018

"He made me look weak!!!" -Katniss Everdeen

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madmax011
May 31, 2018

"Stay alive" -Haymitch

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madmax011
May 31, 2018

"If they can't catch me, then they can't kill me so don't count me out." -Rue

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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

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

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

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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.

RainbowGoldfish May 24, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: During The Hunger Games people are being killed.

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Elentari
Apr 08, 2013

Violence: This book was very violent in the part where the hunger games actually take place, and in some other parts.

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CookiesNCream_
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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