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)
I felt that I was right inside this story. I could not put it aside until it ended. A great narration!
There is no lack of excitement. The story is packed with back-to-back surprises and events. A memorable listen from beginning to end.
I cannot choose a favorite.
I had to jump right into Book Two as soon as this one ended.
We just moved from IN to CA and we listened to this book on the drive. It kept us riveted. We enjoyed it so much, we bought the second book on tape.
Her performance was spot-on! Bravo!
My daughter got me onto this series. Thoroughly enjoyed book one. Stirs up emotions!
I want to go back to English class and analyze it!!
it is very interesting and different from anything i've read
the twists and turns
She has just the right voice She makes it very enjoyable to listen to.
watch it and be mezmerised
Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.
When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.
Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.
I couldn't stop listening!! Definitely made my top 5 list!!!!
I cried when Prim was called, I cried when I thought Peeta would die.... I laughed when they were finally free... If only for a minute...
Thank you so much!!!
This series was probably written with 15-25 year olds in mind (I'm 56), but I loved the story, character development, narrator. I loved book one! Couldn't stop listening. Author gives a slightly new twist on a future world and it is nice to have a heroine front and center. I recommend this series, although I did think book 2 dragged a tad. Give it a try.
family tree buff
Of course! It is fantastic. The narrator definitely adds to this book. I wish I would have listened to, instead of read the second two books in this series.
I loved everything about this book.
I did love her singing. I don't think my imagination could have performed like she did.
Yes, I was hooked on it.
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
This book (and audio listen) has it all: friendship, heartache, action, romance, wit, suspense. I oohed, aahed, winced, cried, got really angry, cheered, booed. I did it all. I really didn't think I'd be able to support adolescent characters who are thrown into a brutal, real-life survivor arena with the need to fight to the death, but somehow Katniss, Peeta, Rue and a host of other characters took up residence in my heart. This book took me by surprise and I'm so glad it lived up to all the hype. Plus, what's not to love about a strong, self-sufficient, butt-kicking female lead!
I am not an avid fiction reader but I fell in love with this trilogy. I would recommend this series to all ages and genre readers. Its just so captivating !
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