Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 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 12 and 18 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 steps forward to take her sister's place 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.
©2008 Suzanne Collins; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc.
"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading." (Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight)
"I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." (Stephanie Meyer)
"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." John Green, (New York Times Book Review)
A really interesting story.
I'm nervous tO watch the film because I'm afraid it won't live up to the book.
This story is such a fresh new perspective on how the future could be. The characters are all interesting and the book just flew by. I'm now on the third book and love the series.
It really was a great book and I really enjoyed the main character. I definitely quickly became invested in the book but that
This book captured me from the first chapter; I couldn't wait to get the second book in the trilogy. Fantastic concept and characters.
I listened to all three in the series and couldn't put it down.
I liked all the main characters, Katness, Peter and Gail.
I think listening to Carolyn makes it more dramatic.
No, but it did keep you wanting more.
Chapter one. It layed out the gorund work for all the books!
Love Carolyn McCormick...Great voice for all the characters.
All 3 books were worth the read!
Mom listening to book, teen reading book. Performance only okay--stilted. Story good for teens. Overall did not fell compelled to keep going with series after this first novel.
If it is meant for teenagers and young adults, then I certainly must be a least young at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The comments about the narrator by other reviewers, I think are unfounded. I found her voice pleasant and enjoyable and I have listened to a lot of books. Going to get the next one in the series.
I really enjoyed the various twists and turns throughout The Hunger Games.
My favorite character was Haymitch. He is not the main character but as the story progresses, you begin to see how he communicates and cares for both Katniss & Peeta.
I found myself really drawn into the book when Katniss is in The Hunger Games and no longer hears a response from Rue.
Engaging Clever Young
She captures the mercurial and sometimes shallow emotional responses of the young main character very well.
A clever and engaging story that is well performed. However, for more mature listeners, enduring hour after hour of teenage emotional responses and angst can be bit of a challenge. I'm not saying the story is poorly written, or performed; quite the contrary. In fact, the story stays reasonably true to the young female character. And, that's the problem for me, I find it somewhat difficult to relate to the main character's young immature and sometimes histrionic responses. Overall, it was still a good listen, but mature listeners might want to view it as an enjoyable but over sweet dessert rather than a satisfying main course. My daughter will probably love it.
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