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 guess I am not this books prime audience, but I picked it up from a friends recommendation and honestly I don't get what everyone sees in it. The main character never grows by the end of the book. She is supremely stuck in whatever state she started in; not trusting anyone. What kills me the most is that she had so many opportunities to have a meaningful relationship with almost all the characters but she chose not to.
The hunger games themselves are a little lackluster. They outline these rules and it all boils down to a lottery to see if you will have to fight to the death. After that there is a whole system for gifts to the players, or tributes in this case. The whole thing seems mildly underwhelming for a society as advanced as the "capital" who you get the impression has total power over everyone, but rarely exercises that power.
There were some nice moments in this book, but all in all I don't think that it deserves all the praise it gets. Honestly at the end of the book I felt a little jipped that I had to waste a credit on it.
I was a little bit wary of this one and wasn't sure why i purchased it at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought it was both beautifully written and performed. I'm on to book two.
I usually don't read YA novels but this one was recommended to me. This is an excellent novel. It is well-written, the characters are realistic, the plot is engaging, and the cliffhanger leaves you anxious for the next novel.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice (I don't know, I thought she should have sounded younger), but I now can't imagine anyone else reading the novel.
If you love romance, there's a nice romantic plot. If you like adventure and action, there's plenty of that. If you like sci-fic, great book for you. If you like a novel that makes you think, you'll find plenty of that.
haven't read the print version.
great story. able to connect to characters and share the experiences.
the utter lack of privacy and the characters awareness of it. soemthing too often taken for granted in an electronic world.
was forced to get this book by my wife, for a long road trip. Normally I dislike her choices, however this book is very good. having listened to it I purchased the rest of the series. Great listen.
Since the filming of Hunger Games began out here in the mountains of NC, alot of the locals seem to have caught the HG fever. I decided to try out the audiobook for a change and I am sooo glad I did. I think that Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators I have ever heard! I just couldn't turn this audiobook off....I had to know what was going to happen next (I would never have been able to put the book down until I was finished if I simply read it). The personality and voice that she gave to each character was so unique that even my imagination wouldn't have done it that much justice in my head if I was simply reading it. This is why I love buying audible books. I'm looking forward to buying the next one on Audible. I warn you...save a credit for the next one because you will HAVE TO get it immediately after this one ends. It is THAT GOOD! I am addicted now. I love a trilogy!
The book is categorized for YA audience. My 17 year old daughter was reading this on her nook and would not book it down. The author captivates us with a plot of survival in a world where the government forces youths to kill each other for their entertainment. Reminds me of games played in the Roman arenas. The plot, has a touch of romance. Without saying too much more , I hunger to read the entire series.
I read this initially for myself, and loved the book. I then listened to it, and did not enjoy the narrator. I felt the narrator was flat and did not offer the the heightened sense of urgency that the book has in and of itself. I generally love audible books, but do know that the way a book is read can significantly take away from the enjoyment of it. That is what happened in this case.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
It was a good story, an interesting concept. I guess it is YA because the main characters are young and don't curse or have sex. You can recommend this book to anyone and they would enjoy it. I gave it five stars, but it is not as good as Patrick Ness's, The Knife of Never Letting Go or Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Your going to read a lot that is good about this book, so let me just mention a couple of things I did not like. 1. I thought the whole reason SC gives for having the games, is weak, it would most likely cause the opposite reaction then what the Capital is trying to achieve. 2. I got a little tired of how stupid this sixteen year old acted in relationships. I believe a sixteen year old girl would recognize when a boy has a crush on her, especially after it has been pointed out to her. These are minor complaints and the book is worth the credit.
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