The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as t...

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ISBN:0439023483
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:374 pages

The Hunger Games Reviews

  • Dija

    A sharp and intelligent heroine with just the right amount of emotion who gives in to absolutely nothing and no one?

    A sweet and sensitive hero who loves and supports the heroine

    conditionally?

    An original setting with a unique and thrilling plot?

    A couple of earth-shattering shocks every now and then to keep the readers' mind reeling?

    Extraordinary side characters from interesting backgrounds who possess the much-needed Voic

    A sharp and intelligent heroine with just the right amount of emotion who gives in to absolutely nothing and no one?

    A sweet and sensitive hero who loves and supports the heroine

    conditionally?

    An original setting with a unique and thrilling plot?

    A couple of earth-shattering shocks every now and then to keep the readers' mind reeling?

    Extraordinary side characters from interesting backgrounds who possess the much-needed Voice of Reason and/or Humor in every crisis?

    Desperate circumstances that force me to bite my nails in anxiety?

    An ending that provides the perfect premise for the sequel but also concludes the present book?

    Like I said, EPIC.

  • Saniya

    LMAAAOOOO! Thats Peeta folks! xD

    HAHAHAHAHA! Laughed my ass off on this! XD

    Am I...am I still alive...? o.O *pinches myself* -ouch! Yes, I can stay alive for the next movie.

    And I was crying before the movie even started. Damn cinema, showing 'The Titanic 3D' movie trailer. >.<

    OMG, there were sooo many moments where I was crying. And God, I love my Pakistani people, they were so much fun to watch with :') <3

    G

    LMAAAOOOO! Thats Peeta folks! xD

    HAHAHAHAHA! Laughed my ass off on this! XD

    Am I...am I still alive...? o.O *pinches myself* -ouch! Yes, I can stay alive for the next movie.

    And I was crying before the movie even started. Damn cinema, showing 'The Titanic 3D' movie trailer. >.<

    OMG, there were sooo many moments where I was crying. And God, I love my Pakistani people, they were so much fun to watch with :') <3

    Go and watch The Hunger Games movie

    When is the next movie coming? :'D <3

    I just died. OH YES I DID becaaaussseee...

    OMG PEETA LOOKS SO HOT! OMG OMG OMG! <3 And how he says, well, shes here with me! :'D

    The Hunger Games ET Behind The Scenes [Extended Version]

    EEEE! ^_^

    Five Days and 21 hours till the Red carpet premiere...

    OMFG OMFG OMFG! O_O

    Anyway guys,

    Another SONG released. Its so creppy and weird. LOVE IT! xD

    OMG! ONE OF THE HUNGER GAMES SCENES! xD

    (When Katniss shoots arrow in the apple while preparing)

    After watching this, I am like, "FUCK YEA! ^_^"

    27 days.... OMFG! ^_^ SO DAMN EXCITED! :D

    Anyway, new picture people!! :D

    Peeta painting. Now isn’t that just adorable. XD <3

    Josh Hutcherson (Awesome one)interview:

    OMG OMG! THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK! <3

    Deep Shadows by T.T.L:

    I am getting chills. This instrumental is Perfect.

    New picture! =D

    *Official cover*

    OMG! FIRST SOUNDTRACK RELEASED! ^_^ <3

    Safe and Sound by no other than TAYLOR SWIFT FT THE CIVIL WAR.

    Ok. I thought it would be like you know, metal, but this rocks! =D <3

    THE OFFICIAL TRAILER! OMG OMG OMG! ITS PERFECT! ITS FAB! *girl squeal!* THIS IS SO FREAKING AMAZING! xD

    For me its like, I read this series. I loved them. Then I saw the first book becoming a movie. And now watching the trailer, I feel so good. Like a dream come true. =)

    And I already watched the trailer like, 15-20 times. XD

    Yeah. I nearly died while looking at this pictures. X__X

    Whats the use of reviewing this book when its awesome and everybody knows it! I.just.can't.wait.till.freaking.March.23.2012. =D

    ****** May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor ! *******

  • Nataliya

    Suzanne Collins has

    to make us willingly cheer for a teenage girl to kill other children. In a YA book.

    Two reasons why this book rocks:

    It is not

    , and

    I really hate reality shows.

    Yes, this book is full of imperfections. It often requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief. It can cause a painful amount of eye-rolling and shaking fist at the book pages. Its

    Suzanne Collins has

    to make us willingly cheer for a teenage girl to kill other children. In a YA book.

    Two reasons why this book rocks:

    It is not

    , and

    I really hate reality shows.

    Yes, this book is full of imperfections. It often requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief. It can cause a painful amount of eye-rolling and shaking fist at the book pages. Its style is choppy and the first-person present tense gets annoying. The story is simple, and the message is heavy-handed.

    And here is an obligatory taken out of contest Twilight-bashing quote:

    Because Katniss is cool and a badass. She is fierce, independent, resourceful, intelligent, and skilled. She is loyal to her friends and family. She is a survivor.

    She skewers that apple in the pig's mouth with an arrow in front of the Gamemakers in the most awesome way imaginable. For all that, I

    this imperfect, surly, prickly, sullen and perpetually pissed-off, quick to jump to judgment, and sometimes clueless girl.

    And I love this book because - despite

    being YA literature that seems to hinge on the romantic puppy love - the happiness of Katniss does not revolve solely around a cute male lead. Yes, there is a (hated) love triangle here *eyeroll*

    (*)

    Now, here is what bugged me about the romance that DID make it into the book.

    Katniss and Peeta could have had plenty of other reasons to care for each other that don't include puppy love - they are from the same district, same school, he gave her that bread, she trades with his dad, etc. But alas, that did not happen. I understand that Collins had to cater to the way that YA publishers and Hollywood tend to view us, the female audience.

    But poor Peeta - all of his actions are colored by him being "Lover Boy", and I think it detracts from his personality and reduces him from a kind compassionate person to a fool in love who'd do anything for Katniss only because of his physical attraction to her. Yeah...

    ...Rue...Oh, Rue...

    Now, back to the GOOD. Rue, my favorite character. Little, fragile, almost-too-perfect Rue who was clearly doomed from the start.

    Whose

    brought the human side to Katniss (who, until that point, was almost bordering on robotic). There was real grief and anger and sadness in that scene, and from that point on I began to care.

    Suzanne Collins strictly follows the

    rule. (Actually, she does it to such an extent that the book reads almost like a screenplay.) The plot moves along at a fast pace, only slowing down a bit in the drawn out Capitol makeover and cave makeout sessions. Collins does not shy away from gruesome scenes, making many parts of the book hit home.

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    I enjoyed it despite the imperfections. Katniss easily beats the majority of the popular YA heroines. And because of all her coolness, this gets

    .

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    So I saw the movie today. All I have to say - Suzanne Collins may have given life to Katniss, but Jennifer Lawrence definitely gave her heart. Lawrence's Katniss has such emotional depth, and she brings such truthfulness to her character. Excellent adaptation with a great balance of tugging on the heartstrings and darkness.

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  • Kiki

    I have got to stop poking fun at this series with memes. Someone take them away from me!

    Nah, I didn't love this book. I know I'm in the minority, and part of me is glad about that. I mean it when I say this book deserves recognition, and honestly, I'd rather people were reading this and following a heroine as independent as Katniss, rather than a simp like Bella or Bethany.

    is high-quality YA, intelligently written, and despite its flaws it's worthy of success.

    Here's where I be

    I have got to stop poking fun at this series with memes. Someone take them away from me!

    Nah, I didn't love this book. I know I'm in the minority, and part of me is glad about that. I mean it when I say this book deserves recognition, and honestly, I'd rather people were reading this and following a heroine as independent as Katniss, rather than a simp like Bella or Bethany.

    is high-quality YA, intelligently written, and despite its flaws it's worthy of success.

    Here's where I become one of those lone rangers on a forum uttering the forbidden words:

    .

    Stop! Put down the pitchforks! Let me make my point, okay?

    At the risk of sounding like Hipster Mermaid, I read BR and watched the movie long before I discovered THG. So the second I read the synopsis, the first thought that popped into my head was, "Sounds a lot like

    "

    It reads a lot like BR, too. I'm sorry, THG fans; but you can literally pair up characters from this book and fit them snugly into the moulds of those from BR. Katniss is Nanahara, Peeta is Noriko, Cato is Kazuo Kiriyama (he even volunteered, just like the Careers!), President Snow is the guy played by Beat Takeshi, Effie is the bouncy girl from the training video, Clove is Mitsuko...the list goes on.

    I know, people. I

    Suzanne Collins said she hasn't read BR. I find this hard to believe, given the similarities, but to each her own. The above is simply something that really, really stuck out to me. The entire way through, I was finding similarities.

    This isn't to say

    doesn't follow its own course, and have its own storyline. It does. But think of the people who lash out at Cassandra Clare because of the similarities between her work and J.K. Rowling's. If you're one of the people who feels angry about that, consider that perhaps the people who read BR, then THG, and noticed the same glaring similarities as I might feel the same way. I am not a Harry Potter fan, thus I don't know what the comparisons are between the Mortal Instruments and the Harry Potter books -

    Moving on,

    . The romance in this book drove me insane. I don't understand what the constant need to have a love triangle is, but people who say, "There are no teams!" are just kidding themselves. If there were never meant to be teams, and if this book didn't want to have "just another love triangle" ... then it shouldn't have had "just another love triangle". That's the way it is, I'm afraid. I am absolutely and utterly sick of love triangles, and what was worse about this one was the second I read Peeta's name and his history with Katniss, I knew it was going to be all about Katniss loving Peeta and Gale trying to muscle in. It was predictable, and a Plot Tumor. Think of how amazing this book could have been had there been no romance, or if Katniss had actually been forced to kill Peeta. I literally waited, with baited breath, for Katniss to kill Peeta.

    But she didn't. Convenience saved her.

    The synopsis of this book suggests that Katniss's humanity will be questioned, and she will be forced to make agonizing decisions in the name of her survival, but never once does she kill for the sake of herself. Every kill she makes is either in mercy, accidental or in lieu of child murder (Marvel's death was carried out after he speared Rue; Katniss's killing him would then play out as comeuppance rather than Katniss killing for the sake of herself). Katniss's hands remain proverbially clean, the whole way through the Games.

    This is simply not what I signed up for. It's unrealistic, to begin with. Biologically, the human body and mind is wired for survival at all costs. It's true. Think about it: when someone develops dementia, the mind literally breaks down to nothing. Why, then, does the body not simply give up? Why doesn't it shut down, because the mind no longer works?

    Survival is why. The main objective of life is to do exactly that: live it. Animals exhibit this to a tee. Smaller animals have faster heartbeats than larger animals, because the lower down they are in the food chain, the more ready they are always required to be to rely on flight to escape predators.

    This is why Katniss's lily-white innocence remaining intact until the end irks me. She never has to make any difficult decisions. She is never forced to wrestle with her humanity, give up her principles, shame herself in front of the people who love her who must watch her participate. She is unabashedly perfect. Her inability to make friends doesn't even factor in; everyone immediately adores her regardless. People are willing to die for her, for heaven's sake. The Capitol practically eats the dirt she walks on. And this doesn't change over the course of the series.

    I like flaws, man. What can I say? Perfection doesn't interest me. Innocence doesn't interest me, especially in a dystopian setting, where brutality is law-enforced. It just doesn't convince me, is all.

    Having said all that, I simply cannot fault Collins' amazing ability to build suspense. I'll put a pin in the excruciatingly boring first 140 pages, and say that the portion of this book that featured the actual Games was just

    . The prose was sparse, with the feeling of unedited thought; I love that. A lot of people don't, but I do. Actually, come to think of it, Collins' writing was stellar overall. I'm a huge fan of first person present tense, especially during snappy and gripping action scenes, of which this book had many.

    Honestly? These books just piss me off. I don't know what it is. The setting was smart and well-drawn, the anti-violence message was clear and good, and despite being a constant annoyance, Katniss was a fiercely independent and capable female character. This I greatly appreciate. It's not a bad book, by any means, but I'm just not a fan of it.

    : I have to laugh, kittens, because a lot of people need to crack open a history book before they make wild claims about the form of government going on here. Numero uno: the government system is not fascist. Please, don't say that it is. It just isn't. At all. It also isn't Marxist, either. I'm not a fan of Marx or his boyfriend Frederick, but don't shame the man and his gratuitous beard. It's more like a very obscure form of Stalinism (but without the weird foreign policy).

    In fandoms like this, the naysayers are never without backlash. I've run into a fair few people who scream about how insane I am for not being in all-consuming love with this book (as if three stars is suddenly a bad rating!). Honestly, I don't really care if you loved the book. Sure, if you did, that's great. It's brilliant when people can enjoy the written word, and this book is not terrible, I did not hate it, and if I had never read any dystopian before it I would probably lobotomy-fangirl over it until I died. But right now it isn't for me.

    I ended up reading CF in full because a friend forced me to. I don't know what was different the second time around, but when I gave it another try I realized

    book is outstanding. Definitely the best in the series. Far better than this one, and let's only refer to the last book from now on as Dat Flop. In fact, let's not refer to it at all. Let's pretend it never happened. I beg of you all.

    I tried hard to jump on this bandwagon, but in all honesty, I just don't really have any passionate feelings for this series.

    Comprende?

    Look, I'm sorry. But I had to do it.

  • Khanh (the meanie)

    I was forced into watching Mockingjay: Part II this weekend. To clarify, I watched the second part of the last

    movie

    Needless to say, I was

    .

    So many questions and thoughts ran through my mind as I watched the movie. Why is Peeta so thin? Did that huge-ass bruise really disappear from her neck the next day? Is Katniss

    to look like she's about to burst into tears at any given moment

    I was forced into watching Mockingjay: Part II this weekend. To clarify, I watched the second part of the last

    movie

    Needless to say, I was

    .

    So many questions and thoughts ran through my mind as I watched the movie. Why is Peeta so thin? Did that huge-ass bruise really disappear from her neck the next day? Is Katniss

    to look like she's about to burst into tears at any given moment, or is that just Jennifer Lawrence? Woody Harrelson is in this movie? Hey, it's Margaery from Game of Thrones! Who's President Snow? What's a Mockingjay? Lesser Hemsworth is pretty hot.

    Well, you get the point. I know how the book ended and I still have no idea who anyone is, and neither do I know their names, with the exception of Peeta, Gale, President Snow, that Coin woman, and Katniss. Of course, knowing how the book ended means I probably should read the first book, so

    And it was good. It was really good. My sister was right (she usually is).

    What else can I say that hasn't already been said? I loved it. The world building was interesting (although it helps that I've seen what it looks like on the big screen), and Katniss is

    . One of the things my sister didn't like about the first movie is that the on-screen Katniss was different from her portrayal in the first book. I haven't watched that movie, but I kind of see how the screen portrayal of Katniss might have bothered her. Book-Katniss is strong, kick-ass without being a Mary Sue. She has a fierce love for her sister, and she is manipulative and cunning. She uses the prospect of romance to protect herself, she has no qualms about using people, and I love that about her.

    Time to watch Movie #1!


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