The Hunger Games Paperback – 5 Jan 2009
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Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers - a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews) --New
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. "The Hunger Games" is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever.See all Product description
From the Publisher
Suzanne Collins is author of the international bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, which has become one of the most talked-about and successful publishing phenomena of recent years. Suzanne lives in Connecticut, USA.
Other Titles in the Series:
- Hunger Games Trilogy: Catching Fire
- Hunger Games Trilogy: Mockingjay
Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games
Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
- Powerful, haunting and ground-breaking, the Hunger Games trilogy continues to dominate in the ever-demanding teen market
- Over 2.3 million copies of the trilogy sold in the UK (Nielsen)
- Major motion picture released in March 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz
- Major online campaign targeting bloggers
- “The Hunger Games is amazing" - Stephenie Meyer
- "I couldn't stop reading" - Stephen King
- "One of the best written and most thought- provoking books I've read for a long time" - Anthony Horowitz
- Pub Date: 5th January 2009
- CBMC code: E3N79
- Age: 13-18 years
- Rights: UK and Commonwealth excluding Canada
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I have read the hell out of these books in the past week - all three of them. It's a tremendously satisfying series of books and every single one of them was hugely enjoyable. However, the last book suffers (a little) from several issues. The first is that it just doesn't feel as coherent as the first two - without the driving force of the Games themselves, it has to be a very different book and the characters don't feel quite so credible to me. The second is that the ending seems to undermine most of the central messages I took from the book. It just doesn't gel - it's a jarring misstep to my sensibilities. The third is that the horror of the central plot-line loses a lot of its impact with the half-hearted way in which events are described. Certain characters, I feel, deserved better in their final send-offs.
Don't get me wrong - it's still an intensely good book, and a reasonably good cap-stone to a tremendous trilogy. It doesn't take away from how good the first two books are, and it stands up well as a book in and of its own rights. It's just I came away from it feeling a little colder than I think I would have if some other paths had been taken.
OMG what a story, what a book. This is Amazing. I loved this book. This book one of the best books I have read in a long time. A lot more happens in the book then it does in the film. Katniss is such a strong and principle character. She volunteers herself so her sister doesn't have to go into the games and possibly die.
This book is a set in the future, where the whole country is called Panem. The Capital is the richest and there are districts, the higher the district you are the poorer the district is. So hunger is a continues problem. The Capital puts on a reality game show every year called 'The Hunger Games' where 1 boy and 1 girl are picked at random from each district. Then it is a fight to the death, where there is one person left standing, because that person has killed all the others. That person is the winner of The Hunger Games.
At the age of 12 you have to have your finger pricked and write your name below your blood. Then your name is put into a jar and if your name is picked, you are to go into The Hunger Games.
This is pleasure watching TV for the people of the Capital who love the Game and the excitement of it all. The training all the districts have to go through, there are TV appearances, interviews, makeup, dresses. The other Districts have to watch in Horror while their children are danger and the risk of them dying because the other districts are reminded constantly about the Uprising that happened that ended District 13 and why these Games are put on, so all the Districts can learn not to go up against the Capital.
The book is in the POV of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She lost her father in a mining accident years ago and her mother fell into a deep depression and it has been Katniss who has had to feed herself, her younger sister Primrose and the mother by going into the woods hunting animals and selling them at the market, which is off limits.
Her younger sister is chosen at the Reeping to go into the games, but Katniss won't let that happen so she volunteers herself to go instead of Prim.
The boy chosen Peete also the same age go into the Capital with their mentor Haymitch, who was a Hunger Games Winner when he was a boy.
The pear are put to the limits with training. Pushing themselves to breaking point.
The Hunger Games is a valiant book because it's children that are killing and dying. Having said that it is written in a way that you didn't feel that way when you read it. Because it's set in the future and all the districts children that are taking part in the games it is normal for them, because they are used it, we, as the reader are not used to it so it's shocking for us. But that is what I loved about this book. It was shocking, sad and sometimes terrifying but, Katniss makes you rout for her, makes you want her to be the winner even if she has to do something that is shocking.
This year there is a twist in the Hunger Games but, don't get to comfortable this is the Capital and they like their entertainment.
This book made me so tired, it just doesn't stop. I wanted at one time wished I could jump into my kindle and kick some booty at some of the people at the Capital because they were seeing entertainment when really, its a kill or be killed game, and they are children who are being killed or made to kill.
Its a fantastic book even if it sounds really morbid you will not at all be disappointed in this book at all.
I am already prepared to read the next books, however, I am going to split up the reading and choose something else first. I had seen the first film but could not fully remember the story. I had high hopes for the first book and I was not disappointed. Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 of Panem in North America with her widowed mother and her younger sister, Primrose, Prim. Following the death of her father in the coal mines Katniss has no choice but to become to main wage earner and provider for her family by any means possible. She uses a variety of skills, in particular, the ability to use a bow and arrow, and techniques she has developed, along with the help from her friend Gale, to provide for her family.
Every national of Panem is entered into the reaping between the ages of 12 and 18. A person can be entered on more than one occasion depending on their financial status and needs. Every entry into the reaping gives a family more food and support for the family, this is known as tesserae. Katniss, at the age of sixteen, has her name entered twenty times. Gale, at eighteen, is entered forty-two times. Prim has only been entered once as Katniss will not allow her to be entered anymore. Unfortunately and unexpectedly Prim is pulled from the selection, Katniss nominates herself to takes Prim's place and a whole range of incidents and unexpected outcomes are waiting for Katniss. in my opinion, the Capitol use the Hunger Games as a way to keep the less privileged and lower social classes in their "rightful" place. Unable to uprise against the Capital as had previously happened in Panem. The Capital use this barbaric and, frankly, ridiculous technique to show the others who is in charge. What absolutely baffled me was not that the Capitol were sending people into a controlled environment to slaughter one another for no other reason than being told to, but the fact that they were only, at a push, teenagers which were being forced to act in such a way. This system definitely had a sense of William Golding's, Lord of the Flies. The, to be perfectly honest, children are expected to murder, slaughter and if they feel like it, eat one another to survive. What an awful concept, just to keep the Capital happy with their control.
Katniss is the female chosen to enter the arena and Peeta is the male chosen. Peeta makes a confession during his pre-contest interview about his feelings towards Katniss. Katniss is unsure if this declaration is true or whether Peeta has found a way to appeal to the audience for both their sakes. The couple were separated for a large period of the story. However, a change in the rules means that both Katniss and Peeta could survive and leave the arena together means they need to strive to not only stay together but survive. During this time together the pair are able to visit and discuss their feelings towards one another. It is an unfair and controversial last minute rule change which makes us think that perhaps the couple will not end their story together. A Romeo and Juliet moment has the Gamemakers have a quick change of heart. I did feel very concerned for the lovable characters, were they going to survive? Would another contestant try and challenge them to the death? Would they ever get back to District 12?
There are a number of people to "help" Katniss and Peeta to prepare and progress through the games. Cinna, Katniss' stylist. He becomes a dear friend to Katniss when no one else will listen to her problems and worries before entering the games. Effie Trinket, the Capital representative for District 12. A lady who has never found anything interesting or rewarding come from the district until Katniss and Peeta. Haymitch Abernathy, the only ever Hunger Games winner to come from District 12, now a drunken...bafoon. Other than Gale, Katniss has an affiliation with Madge Undersee, the Mayor's daughter. Madge provides Katniss with a keepsake from District 12, the notorious Mockingjay pin which is seen as a stand to the Capitol as the bird was a mistake made on their part. The Mockingjay bird helps Katniss on a number of occasions through the books and brings her a little reminder from home each time. There is without no question of a doubt that Katniss would not have been anywhere near as successful in The Games without the help from Rue from District 11. Rue becomes Katniss' friend and companion for a period of time in The Games and with her help, they continue to survive and strive. Well done Rue, well done!
I would absolutely, definitely recommend this book to someone else. It has been such a good read and I can't wait to read the next two books. I did feel like Katniss is slightly self-centred and self-absorbed about her own gains and benefits. She doesn't often take in the thoughts and feelings of Peeta and has more interest in what Gale may be thinking of her whilst he is watching the games unfold. The games have a feeling of Big Brother, minus the murder...well, who knows what the series may lead to, in order to encourage viewings! The contestants are constantly watched and constantly need to be on guard for what they are doing and saying.
I look forward to the next books. To read more on my reviews visit threeminutesfortyfiveseconds.blogspot.co.uk
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