The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)
by Suzanne Collins
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PublisherScholastic Press
Release Date2009-09-01 (added to CC 26 Jun 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank516
The book no one can stop talking about . . .

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 is harsh and cruel and 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

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I was not as impressed by this book, and the following series, as I had expected. EVERYONE recommended it to me, and it was a let down. I found Katniss to be rather annoying after the first couple of chapters, and she struggles with the same things all throughout the books. They seemed a little redundant to me, and more time was spent on certain things than should have been. If you want to read it, go ahead, but don't set your hopes too high.
(26 Jul 2017)
(8 Jun 2017)
I think The Hunger Games is a bit overrated. Good, yes, but it's not perfect. For one thing, I think Suzanne Collins (the author) dawdled a bit on introducing Katniss and her world. I think a 5-page description of her difficult life would've been fine. Also, I think she didn't really solve any problems. When a problem came up, she would say something about how difficult it would be to solve it, then never really solved it... for instance, instead of mixing things up, she slept in a tree for two nights in a row. That's fine, but she didn't have to fret about it. One more complaint; the ending didn't tie together all too well. Other than that, it's pretty fast-paced and descriptive enough. A page-turner for sure. I would recommend it, I suppose.
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Love this book as soon as I got it I read all night and day really I did not sleep
(16 Mar 2014)
This is an amazing book for young adults. It was a fun read and I couldn't put it down. The book was also sort of ruined, because I saw the movie first.
(16 Dec 2013)
Enjoyable quick read. Hated the way the 'ending' was handled. Would not read the rest because of it.
(30 Sep 2013)
(24 Jul 2013)
A tale of an apathetic teenage woman whose only interest in life is protecting her family causes her to be forced into a battle with a fellow citizen of her district of a post apocalyptic continent vivid detailing that reels on the heart strings by the end you'll be reeling for katniss everdeen to survive
(26 Jun 2013)
A 10/10 novel. I think this is a true literature book. It's well written and have dept in every way you could want in a book.
This is not just a best seller novel, I think this will pass the test of time, and will be a story we'll be telling one hundred years from now.
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im reading this in english !!!!
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When I first started reading it, it felt like the bastard child of The Running Man and Gladiator, but I found myself very enthralled with the action and caring about how Peta and Katniss were both going to make it out of the mess they were in. The idea of only one person surviving was a haunting notion to have riding in the back of my head throughout the read.
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Once I got passed the unlikely premise, I enjoyed the action and character reactions.
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i love this book my friend in all in it she haves all the books and the movie she watch's every night it is so weird
(13 Sep 2012)
I read all three books and Suzzane Collins is a freaking GENIUS!
(3 Sep 2012)
(29 Aug 2012)
I really enjoyed reading this book and the series.
(26 Aug 2012)
(23 Aug 2012)
Had to read it after hearing all the fuss about it. Especially as it had a political angle. Surprised to discover that I loved it - even though I'm not in the target audience age range. Hard to put down. Found myself reading into the early hours and getting up later than normal.
(18 Aug 2012)
(17 Aug 2012)
Didn't think this would be my sort of thing. It turns out, this loaned book is probably the best I've read this year.
(31 Jul 2012)
Any time a writer creates such a believable world out of his or her imagination, I'm impressed. I hesitated reading The Hunger Games since the premise seems so bleak, but once I did, I couldn't put it down and whipped through the entire series.
(27 Jul 2012)
fantastic read I couldn't put it in the way of music work ha ha. I have bought the other two books in the set and over halfway through the second book 'Catching fire' and it's just got the same effect on me...can't put it down...anyone know a good divorce lawyer?
(18 Jul 2012)
Loved it and the entire series.
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Couldn't stop reading I think it was an improvement from the Gregor books, as well.
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Great job presenting a teen's perspective and the statement on modern times.
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One of my all time favorite books. Disappointed with the quality of the sequels.
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Okay. Best. Book. EVER
(1 Aug 2010)
These books are amazing for young adults! Good descriptions, just sucks you in! Cannot wait til Mockingjay!!
(28 Jun 2010)
Loved it!
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