The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

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Apr 09, 2021

I enjoyed this book. The Hunger Games series starts out with the idea of struggle. This book does introduce some serious characters, with some things younger crowds may not like, such as violence and betrayal. This book was a page-turner, with characters that had many feelings, and tough situations.

Apr 08, 2021

Twenty-four teenagers from twelve different districts, chosen by chance, fight till death in the Hunger Games. The game is organized by the government as a punishment for the citizens’ past. This novel is told from Katniss Everdeen’s perspective; she puts everything on the line in attempt to make it out alive. A boy from her district, Peeta Mellark, who had once saved her now fights against her. Katniss navigates through the new world that she has been thrown in a courageous, daring manner. Throughout this game, Katniss forms bond with people who will forever change her life. The Hunger Games is an dystopian novel, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you craving more; a novel that will make you cry, laugh, and keep you asking yourself: How much more further can Katniss go?

This book is captured raw feelings of grief and immeasurable lost. But woven through the plot is love and happiness, which added another layer to a book full of suffering. I loved the world that Collins built; it was complex yet simple to understand. Even though this is the first novel in The Hunger Games trilogy, the characters are well-developed and have a lot of depth to them. I began to admire Katniss’s bravery as the story progressed, and I began to feel what Katniss was feeling. Collins is undoubtedly a powerful writer, and I throughly enjoyed this novel.



Apr 03, 2021

The Hunger Games are a very popular book, but are sometimes overlooked. I, myself, thought that the books were overrated.

The first book introduces us to Katniss Everdeen, and her small family, living in District 12.
We later find out that the Districts, 12 in total, provide the Capital with produce such as wood, coal, crops, technology, etc.
Panem, the nation created after North America was destroyed, was divided into 13 Districts, all controlled by the Capital.
In the past, during the dark days, there was a rebellion started by the Districts. The Capital had taken victory, and District 13 had been demolished - blown to pieces. All the other districts were now at the mercy of the Capital.

As a punishment, The Treaty of Treason was written -- to remind the Districts of the Capital’s power.
Each year, two tributes from each district, a male and a female, were to be picked. They were to be kids, aged 12-18, and picked randomly - their fate, decided by little slips of paper.
These tributes were to all gather in a customized arena, of the Captiol’s making, and fight to death, till only one victor remained standing.

All of the tributes face the same conflict, the Hunger Games.
It’s a mix of character vs. nature, character vs society, character vs another character -- a truly enthralling mix.
Throughout the books (a trilogy, with a new prequel) , Katniss has to go through some decisions to protect her family, to protect her values, and to learn lessons about friendship & love. She gets to understand the Capital on another level, she meets new people, and gets to see the true shades of humanity in action.

Mar 30, 2021

Dystopian societies have always been popular tropes in YA books, and The Hunger Games is one of the most brilliant examples of this. North America has become Panem, an area split into 12 different districts, each focusing on a certain aspect of the economy. After the bloody riots in the past, known as the Dark Days, the Capitol attempts to keep their hold on Panem by holding the Hunger Games, an annual event in which two tributes from each district participate in a deadly game of survival, until only one remains standing. When young Katniss Everdeen from District 12 steps in to take the place of her sister Prim, she must engage in a variety of horrific activities with her district partner Peeta, who she also has a complicated past with. With her hunting skills and a love story that seeks to play in her favor, she must use her wits to survive against the odds.

While some may write this off as a typical YA novel, Suzanne Collins does a great job creating an engaging storyline set in a horrific, morally negligent society. Katniss Everdeen’s character development is stellar, as she quickly learns that she has to do what is necessary while still maintaining her morals. She grows into a strong young woman with a fierce determination, doing what she must to save her family and friends. Furthermore, one aspect of the novels that I do not think is touched on enough but is so prominent is the characterization of the Careers, or those who were trained to kill and participate in the Hunger Games. Some may have no sympathy for them, but Collins really emphasizes the notion that they too were children, brainwashed to be solely preoccupied with murder by the Capital. Stripping away those facades in their final moments and revealing some aspects of love and humanity teaches the audience about perspective and empathy.

Although many have tried to copy it, I believe that The Hunger Games is one of the best YA novels set in a dystopian society in regards to theme and plot. This is definitely not for those who are not comfortable with murder, or simply do not enjoy YA novels. However, if you have not read this, I recommend both the novel and the movie!

Age rating: 13+
Book rating: 5 stars

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

3/5 Stars

This world is divided into 13 factions. Each of a different social and economic status. With Faction 13 destroyed, there are only 12 factions left. Each year 2 people are randomly selected to compete in the “Hunger Games” – an everyone for themselves fight to the death for the wealthier factions to watch and enjoy. When Katniss’ young sister Primrose is selected to participate Katniss volunteers to take her place. Katniss is forced to learn how to survive on her own, form alliances, and find food, water, and shelter. She must learn to get along with her factions’ other participant, Peeta Mellark, a poor, shy, baker. They must train together to prepare for the games. With less prior training, money, and power the lower districts never win the games. With winning set in her heart Katniss does everything she can to survive and get back home to her family and friends.

I like this movie, but I feel like the acting could have been much better. I think that it was the one major flaw of the movie. I believe that the role of Peeta was perfectly cast but the roles of Katniss and her best friend Gale were not. The main idea from the book is present in the movie however some smaller events were changed very much. I think that the main and secondary characters were all very well developed with great depth and development through the movie.

Mar 23, 2021

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Surviving has always been Katniss’s way of life in District 12 of Panem. Never enough money, she learned to hunt illegally with her friend Gale over the fence to feed herself and her family. It is the time of the Reaping, when one boy and one girl, ages 12 to 18, will be chosen from each of the twelve districts as tributes to the Hunger Games. When her 12 year sister Prim is called, time stops. How could this happen to her sweet Prim, and on her first ever Reaping? Katniss surges to the front of the crowd to volunteer as tribute. The boy tribute is Peeta, the son of the baker that once saved her life when she was starving to death. She leaves her family and friends in District 12, knowing this very well be the last time she will see them. Only one may win the Hunger Games out of the 24 tributes. With the drunken Haymitch as Peeta and Katniss’s mentor, they seemed doomed, but maybe not. Katniss is forced to fight for her life in the Hunger Games and make decisions that weigh love against life.
This book was intense and I was hooked on every page I turned. Katniss faces conflict between love and survival, and some moments were so heart clenching, beautiful, and edge-of-your-seat thrilling! I recommend this book to those who enjoy rebellion, action/adventure, dystopian fiction and romance.

Mar 19, 2021

The Hunger Games is an amazing book, and a wonderful trilogy! It takes place in a dystopia called Panem where two teenagers from each of the country's 12 Districts are forced into a huge arena, are thrown inhumane and disastrous obstacles, and must fight until there is only one person left alive. Panem is a state that was established because of global conflict, and the collapse of modern civilization. They host the Hunger Games for pure entertainment reasons. In Katniss’ district her sister gets chosen, so Katniss takes her place. Katniss faces many challenges throughout the story from not being able to find any drinking water, to thinking if she should kill a person or not. I recommend this book for readers who like intense stories, and are 10+. This series is very brutal, and heartbreaking at parts when we lose our favorite characters. It has a wonderful story line which makes it hard to put down once started.

Mar 09, 2021

I like this book a lot! Quite a page turner! I read it in less than 24 hours!

Mar 09, 2021

i love this book but is more so no do not read it is said

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins follows Katniss as she is forced into the Hunger Games. The Game will test her and her ability to survive. This story really shows the cruel ways humans can treat each other. It had me caught up in the story right as I opened the book and I just couldn’t put it down. The different aspects and character development in the story were able to really bring the story to real life for me. Collins was really able to make reading interesting for me with this book. I would recommend this book to teenagers in middle and high school.

Feb 20, 2021

I went into this book knowing very little, to nothing, and I’m glad it was like that. This book is so unique, that I feel that it is best explained by its creator. Even the side characters had interesting back stories. Though this book is primarily enjoyed by young audiences, it is suited for adults as well.
The book was written in a way that is easy to understand and follow along, while also keeping readers hooked with the plot. Collins’ descriptions of the setting really transported me to this world while I read. Despite the greatness of the book, I wish there would have been more symbolism. As an avid dystopian reader, I feel that it was missing that sense of having big themes that we learn about our world from dystopian novels.

Feb 19, 2021

Amazing book! I couldn't put the books down until I finished the whole trilogy! This book is one the best books out there and I would recommend it to everybody over the age of 12

This was one of the books I begged my mom to let me read when I was in fourth grade, and the whole franchise never disappoints. While it is a really morbid idea, I'm pretty sure everyone wonders if they'd be able to survive the Hunger Games. The fact that the series is based around the future United States in a dystopian era is very intriguing, and the main character Katniss will have you rooting for her the moment you meet her. Extremely loyal to those she loves, stubborn, and hotheaded she is the perfect hero to take on the Capital and it's sick games.

Dec 09, 2020

Fantastic book! A little gruesome in parts, but excellently written. I could not stop reading it until I had finished the whole trilogy! Suggested for ages 12 and above

Nov 30, 2020

Fantastic book for middle schoolers and you can't put it down

Nov 30, 2020

The Hunger Games is a singularly unique novel in that it has a female lead character who's brashly independent and belligerent. Conflict after conflict is presented in seamless transition by the author. I especially appreciated that it's narrated in first-person so readers can immediately infer the point of view, opinions, and emotions of the protagonist. Additionally, this book is able to cover deeper topics relevant to our world such as the necessity (or lack thereof) of war, freedom & oppression, and socioeconomic class divisions that define how well a person can live. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a storyline that can still be applied to some aspects of our society.

Nov 22, 2020

Are you ready for the fight of your life?

Nov 02, 2020

The first novel of “The Hunger Games” trilogy is set in the future nation of Panem which used to be the USA. Panem is divided into thirteen districts with District 13 destroyed. A girl and a boy between ages 12-18 from each district (Tributes) are forced by The Capitol to compete in the Hunger Games. This game is a violent fight to the death where the last person alive is the victor. The whole country is required to watch these games and are considered entertainment for The Capitol. A girl named Katniss from district 12 was chosen along with a boy named Peeta for the Hunger Games. Katniss must survive the Hunger Games with the help of her sharp archery skills and a fake romantic relationship with Peeta.
What I liked about this book was that the different sides of each character were shown, the reader gets to know the main characters very well. I also liked getting to know the common behaviors and mindsets of various districts. What I disliked about this book was the fake romantic relationship between Katniss and Peeta. I believe that the fake relationship became an unnecessary burden in the games for both characters. I also think the author, Suzanne Collins, could have given more background information on the creation and history of Panem and the Hunger games.

Oct 28, 2020

This might as well be the most interesting book of I’ve ever read. No matter how many times I tell myself to stop, I just couldn’t put it down. Lots of thrill. It’s a must read!

emilyhart66 Oct 05, 2020

It's hard to write commentary on a book series that has become part of popular culture. Has everything already been said? When I read the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy I had that thrilling feeling of discovering something extraordinary. The books are ripe with symbolism and imagery. I have read the books over and over and each time is a new reading with fresh insights.

Sep 28, 2020

The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian world full of poverty and starvation. The country is split into 12 districts, and as punishment for a previous rebellion, one girl and one boy from each district must enter a competition where the last survivor will be the victor. Katniss Everdeen, the narrator of the story, chooses to volunteer in place of her sister Primrose. She is joined by Peeta, a boy she knows. The pair is mentored by Haymitch, the only winner from district twelve who has since become a drunkard. Throughout the competition, Katniss creates alliances and perseveres despite the harsh conditions. Katniss must decide what lengths she will go to in order to survive and how much she will tolerate being used for entertainment.
The story is very well-written. New challenges constantly pop up for Katniss to face, and it is impossible to predict where the story will go next. Katniss’s character is also well-defined. She is strong and compassionate, and she tries her best to save others. Another big part of the story is the drama between Katniss and Peeta. Peeta has stated that he likes Katniss, but Katniss is conflicted about her feelings for him and a boy she has known her whole life in Gale. This drama is not overdone and adds to Katniss’s character as well as occasional bits of humor. The overall themes of love and sacrifice make a powerful story, and one that will certainly become your favorite.

Sep 24, 2020

absolutely delicious.

Sep 24, 2020

In a place once known as North America, in the ruins of the lands lies the nation of Panem. A glorified Capitol surrounded by twelve districts. The Capitol is cruel and holds power over the districts by forcing each district to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen each year to participate in the lethal Hunger Games. The game is a literal fight to death that is televised on tv live over Panem. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen never thought she would live to see the day she would be put in the Hunger Games, but that changes when her younger sister Primrose was picked. Katniss bravely steps forwards and volunteers in Primrose's place. Katniss has always been close to dead before and she's always managed to survive the worst. This is all a second nature to her. Katniss needs to win so she can be there for her family and friends, so she is forced to make choices that pit survival against love. Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

Aug 23, 2020

Suzanne Collins has written a masterful novel, The Hunger Games. In the confines of District 12, a part of Panem, Katniss Everdeen enters the draft for the 74th Hunger Games. In The Hunger Games, each district, from 1-12, is required to volunteer two participants, a boy and a girl, to the Capitol. They are then put into an arena and forced to fight to the death. The last one standing wins. Katniss is forced to enter the games to save her sister. Will she be able to win? The Hunger Games is a great book, full of interesting characters, action, tragedy, and triumph. Make sure to read it!

Aug 18, 2020

Science-fiction dystopian gladiators with scathing political commentary. An awesome story.

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