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)
Suzanne Collins has created a world full of captivating stories, and characters a reader can become completely connected to. This story exceeded even my highest expectations from all the reviews I have read. Not reading or listening to this book would be a great shame for this is one of the best books I've read in a very long time
I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.
This is the best book I've read/heard in years. Great story. That I couldn't put down and I got the sequel right away. Don't miss this one
Sci-fi and fantasy are not my favorite genres, but I decided to try this one because of all the good reviews. Really loved it -- both the book itself and the narrator. The protagonists are well-developed and likable, and the plot is character-driven, with lots of suspense. If you liked Dune, you'll like The Hunger Games.
I must say I was a little dissappointed as the books are easily predictable. Many of the reviews I read online likened this series to the Twilight series and I disagree. I loved the Twilight series and I only like this series. I am now reading the second book in this series as I bought them at the same time but if I had read the first one without buying the others I would not be reading nor buying the others:(
I'm currently listening to this series for the 2nd time & enjoying as much as I did originally, which was less than a year ago. It's so good I'm dragging it out as best I can just to make it last. On another note, I almost dread the movie release. They never live up to the book & the bar is set so high for this one, it's sure to fall far short. I've read alot about the romance angle being played way up in the movie version. Bad move. If they could truly just put THIS book on the big screen it would be perfection. The casting is quite good, from what I've seen. But I'm not holding my breath beyond that. Some things shouldn't be messed with & this is one of them. If you listen to one sereis in your lifetime, make it this one!!!
I picked this book as it was recommended to me by two friends but I had not heard much about it otherwise. After reading the synopsis, I was humored to see that it had a somewhat similar story line as a Japanese movie I saw called Battle Royale. While I can see why the teenagers are drawn to this book, I would say that it can appeal to all ages. There one scene that moved me to tears because of how sad and sweet it was. I enjoyed the dilemmas that the main character battles internally. I plan on continuing on with series as well.
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This might actually be my favorite book ever. Every word Collins writes has a purpose; either to progress the story, paint a picture of the world or develop the characters. I've never cared for characters more. My own emotions ebb and flow as the plot develops. I loved every second of it. If I have any criticism it is that the narrator could never be taken for a 16 year old girl. She performs well, but sounds like a much older woman (maybe in her mid 50s?) It was so distracting that it took me more than half the book to stop noticing the disconnect. Don't let this discourage you though. The story more than makes up for it and eventually you will stop thinking about it.
The plot and detail in this story make this novel completely riveting. There were moments where I was cognizant of it being a "young adult" book, but for the most part the descriptions, conflicts, and themes were engaging for adults as well. It's kind of like Lord of the Flies meets Survivor, and it is horrific in its implications about humans, politics, and sociology.
I've listened to many audiobooks, but this one really stood out among the crowd! Really! It was full of action, drama, suspense, surprise, and even some romance mixed up in all that. Kinda reminded me of a side salad( haha. no? No one laughed.. okay..well..) yeah, anyways, it was a really good book. Try it, you won't feel bad about it!
I read this book with high expectations. I forgot that it was written for teenagers, not 30-somethings. As long as you remember the target audience for this book, you will be fine.
The idea is interesting. It's post-apocalyptica US-meets-reality-television. Some creative concepts and visuals came from this idea.
The end became a little long and at times cringable, but don't give up. I was wrong about the end.
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