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  • Paperback: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407135139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407135441
  • ASIN: 1407135449
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 8.9 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10,871 customer reviews)
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Praise for The Hunger Games series
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book
"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." --Time Magazine
"Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end."-USA Today

"Collins has joined J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." --Bloomberg.com

"At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter." -New York Times Book Review

* "Perfect pacing and electrifying world-building." --Booklist, starred review

* "Forget Edward and Jacob... readers will be picking sides--Peeta or Gale?" --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." --School Library Journal, starred review
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy [Paperback] [Sep 06, 2012] Collins, Suzanne Suzanne Collins Scholastic

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The story begins with the reaping and Katniss volunteering to take her sister’s place. Written in the first person singular we know her thoughts, feelings and motivations. “How could I leave Priim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain I love?”

Like many dystopian novels this world is ruled by an oppressive regime which seeks to remind their citizens of the price of rebellion. Every year they take a boy and a girl from each district to fight in the gladiatorial arena. The leader is this regime is President Snow, an ironic name given that he is anything but pure in his motives. His symbol appears to be genetically modified white rose, heavy in its perfume it disguises the smell of blood, caused by the poison he made his enemies drink over the years. Almost like a sinister and benevolent Stalin, who rids himself of the competition, not quite the night of the long knives, but just as deadly.

The subsequent books in the series give more detail about the rebellion. There is the presumed destruction and abandonment of district 13, now the rebel base. The Quarter Quell where victors of the games compete in a special anniversary tournament. At first I felt this was merely a repetition of the themes of the first book, but it soon becomes clear these games are less of a competition and more about working together in support of the rebellion.

When the force field surrounding the arena is destroyed Katniss and her allies are rescued, but Peter is captured and tortured by the Capitol. Used in their propaganda war, his mind is manipulated so much that he no longer knows what is real. When he is rescued he becomes a liability, even trying to kill Katniss. Eventually the balance of his mind does return, but you do feel he’ll be forever scarred.
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My teenage sister recommended this to me so I thought I'd try it. I loved it so much that I read it in one day straight, and then went and bought the next 2 and read both of those in a day each. This is teen fiction done at its best. I've ended up having great conversations with my sister about propaganda and all sorts of things she'd never really thought about before. making these things accessible to teenagers whilst having writing and a story that appeals to all ages is a rare gift :)
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I don't usually read "teen fiction", I'm more of a sci-fi fan. However this trilogy was on sale at christmas, and I needed some books to tide me over for a holiday, so I thought "what the heck". I have to admit, I felt a little sheepish admitting that I was reading "The Hunger Games" to my wife and her parents.

I was intrigued by the beginning, and the book really started to pull me in. And then the rather unpleasantness of the games themselves kicked in. I found it very hard to suspend disbelief at first, and my only thought was "how could they make this into a movie!? Nobody would want to see kids being slaughtered! It's inhumane!". I've still not seen the movies, and I have no intention of it.

However, once you move past the games themselves, the story of a dystopian future, where the remains of the USA are being controlled by a faction, and kept underfoot by money and power doesn't seem so unlikely. The imbalance between coast and inland, or north and south is already there to some degree. It would only take a food shortage or insurrecton to tip the scales a little. The books take a wee while to get round to explaining how the world got to where it was, so at first I felt that the author had just create a parallel world in order to show off kids being killed.

However, once the setup is explained, and the various things that happened beforehand are made clear, it becomes all too possible that a massive imbalance in power would be possible, and would probably stir these resentments. If you look past the book, and study the political causality, and social effect, you find a story which is told many times over: Cruel oppressor, and victimized oppressed.
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Well-written, well-paced, enjoyable, a page turner. Any book that I want to pick up and continue with is on to a good thing. I enjoyed the story, characters and twists.

I wasn't so keen on the use of the present tense - I'm so used to reading novels in past tense that this regularly grated. I was also a bit surprised at a few errors, considering the book will have been edited so many times and made so much money - publishers cutting back on polishing books? For example "I know one has found me and the others will be honing in". Should be "homing in" (though it is a common error). There's also some badly-planned sections that come across as unconvincing placeholders. For example, Katniss decides she wants to hunt alone because Peeta is noisy, then come back for him, but doesn't think he'll agree. She hasn't said anything about it aloud but immediately he states that's what she should do, for those reasons. It's the kind of thing an author writes because they have an omniscient view, but later editing should remove the too-obvious god hand.

I should also go and fuss the big grey thing stood in the corner. When I started reading The Hunger Games I knew little about it, having avoided mentions and spoilers and films. I just had a vague thought that it was popular and was dystopian sci-fi, maybe like 1984 – I switched off whenever Hunger Games was mentioned online to avoid knowing more. As such I was surprised as I read it that it seemed so familiar – and immediately connected it with Battle Royale. I kept thinking “Wow, that’s similar, surely it can’t be an accident?” Suzanne Collins says she never read Battle Royale or knew of it as she was writing Hunger Games. I can accept that, though it still seems strange to me.
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