Traci Newcomb, July 20, 2014 (view all comments by Traci Newcomb)
This has to be one of my favorite books. Katniss is so dedicated to protecting her sister that she is willing to sacrifice herself for her. District 12 isn't the best place to live. People go hungry and it isn't the safest place either. Getting drawn to go into the games is a death sentence. The Hunfer Games definitely kept my attention. I really love this book and this series.
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Reader Eternal, April 20, 2014 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This stunning trilogy is one of the most incredible things I've ever read. It was recommended to me many times back before it became so phenomenally popular, but I never picked it up, always pushing it to the back of my to-read list. What a mistake! I was completely hooked and absolutely riveted from the very first page. Suzanne Collins's writing is incredibly gorgeous, remarkably astute, and breathtaking in its immediacy. Katniss Everdeen is a character like no other. If, like me, you have hesitated to read this series, thinking it isn't your thing---I urge you to give it a chance. You can't help but be moved. Young or old, male or female, no matter what genres typically interest you---this is a story you won't soon forget. It's heartbreaking and thought-provoking and stunningly intelligent. This is the kind of story that reminds me why I love to read.
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Kacey, December 21, 2013 (view all comments by Kacey)
As the title suggests, this book is about a bunch of hungry people who like games- and I mean all kinds of games: monopoly, hide and seek, dungens and dragons, uno, etc. Alright I admit it, that's not really what the book's about. If you've seen the movie and liked it you must read the book. As with any book turned movie, the book has so much more depth and character development. You'll be blown away. Read it.
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Isaiah, August 29, 2013 (view all comments by Isaiah)
This book was amazing! I could not put it down, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. This has to be the best book I have ever read!
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emmahagnerswims, August 18, 2013 (view all comments by emmahagnerswims)
The Treaty of Treason states that 2 tributes from each of the 12 districts must compete in a fight to the death until one stands. But after 16 year old Katniss Everdeen's sister 12 year old Primrose gets called into the living nightmare she quickly volunteers to take her place. After a week of preparing she is rushed into the arena. There she finds loss, romance, weapons, and a whole lot of blood. In the very end... Well your just going to have read it to find out.
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Destined for widespread popularity and quite possibly a little controversy, this post-apocalyptic tale about teenagers who fight to the death to help feed their families is so riveting and heartbreaking, I ceased all essential functions until I finished it.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Signature Reviewed by Megan Whalen Turner If there really are only seven original plots in the world, it's odd that 'boy meets girl' is always mentioned, and 'society goes bad and attacks the good guy' never is. Yet we have Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The House of the Scorpion — and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games. Collins hasn't tied her future to a specific date, or weighted it down with too much finger wagging. Rather less 1984 and rather more Death Race 2000, hers is a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It's a credit to Collins's skill at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It's no accident that these games are presented as pop culture. Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem — which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent — may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. Will its connection to reality TV, ubiquitous today, date the book? It might, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins's world, we'll be obsessed with grooming, we'll talk funny, and all our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked in front of them, strangely unembarrassed. 'They're so unlike people that I'm no more self-conscious than if a trio of oddly colored birds were pecking around my feet,' she thinks. In order not to hate these creatures who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets. It isn't just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what is left unanswered is the central question. Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. Readers will wait eagerly to learn more. Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor book The Thief and its sequels, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Sarah Miller, Powells.com,
"As a bibliophile who is fondly interested in young adult literature, I found The Hunger Games to be one of the best books I've read, regardless of its difficult content. As an extremely thought-provoking piece of literature, I hope this book will be added to English curriculums across the country, sparking conversations about subjects such as war, poverty, and death. Collins raises the intellectual bar, while empowering young adults with tools to instigate their own opinions and ideas." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly,
"[A] violent, jarring speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense....Collins is an efficient no-nonsense prose stylist with a pleasantly dry sense of humor. (Grade: B)"
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"[A] grand-opening salvo....Populated by three-dimensional characters, this is a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance."
by The Horn Book,
"Survivor meets 'The Lottery' as the author of the popular Underland Chronicles returns with what promises to be an even better series....[A] compulsively readable blend of science fiction, survival story, unlikely romance, and social commentary."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
"[A] thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival, and adventure readers. The suspense of this powerful novel will keep the reader glued to the page long after bedtime."
by School Library Journal,
"Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing."
The acclaimed author of the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.
In Lois Lowrys Newbery Medal-winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
Now in paperback, 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 before - 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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