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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Even though it might not be great literature on the scale of Dickens, it has many thought provoking concepts and can inspire many intellectual conversations about serious topics in the younger generation. Also, it's completely compelling - finished it in a day and was furious that it was a cliffhanger!
This was sooo good! I couldn't stop reading it (and I am not joking)!! This is practically the next Big Harry Potter thing (you know, like how everybody was once obsessed with Harry potter and now is obsessed with the best trilogy ever!!)!!!!
This is by far the best book I have read in a long time! A thoughtful, compelling commentary on our society made through a riveting story. Set in a broken future America, destroyed by war and famine, in which a small minority lives in extreme luxury while most of the citizens struggle daily just to survive. Under a corrupt and evil government, this future society glorifies violence so much that the one remaining "reality tv show" features children slaughtering eachother, and the winner's prize is enough food for their home district for the following year. While the premise is deeply disturbing, that is exactly the point. The story is told through the eyes of a jaded yet vulnerable young woman, and much of the story is in her internal conflict. Let's be clear - there are no happy endings in this world, but you just HAVE TO KNOW what's going to happen.
This is a great book. Once I started it was very hard to put it down. It is really interesting to see into the world of the Hunger Games. I think Collins did a great job of making us be able to almost feel like we are there. There is a good amount of suspense and action with a little bit of romance mixed in.
Wow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It's entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. If this was merely a good read, I would have given it 4 stars, but they say great art leaves you changed after you experience it... and this book definitely did that. Suzanne Collins has, with one amazing work, propelled herself onto my top shelf.
Parents, caveat emptor! The storyline is brutal. Even though the writing is geared for young adults, the main characters are teenagers, there's very little physical romance, and the actual violence would probably count as PG-13 nowadays... it's probably one of the most terrifying books I've read in a very long time! Right up there with George R.R. Martin, if not more so. Remember what we learned from Jaws: you don't actually need to SEE the shark in order for it to be terrifying. Sometimes not seeing the shark is even worse.
The story is basically about a teenager who is forced to compete in a 24-man-enter-1-man-leaves event. I don't want to spoil it by saying any more, but if you liked The Running Man, you'll definitely like this. And if you're young enough that you don't remember The Running Man, nor did you get the Thunderdome reference, then I'm just way too old. But take an old fogey's advice and read this book.
I love this book! Suzanne did an amazing job on this book. I love how she has made her own little creatures that District 12 calls "mutts" and I love how she had that alliance with Katniss and Rue.... I think that Rue was an amazing addition to the book, and how in a way she reminds Katniss of Prim. I liked how Katniss had the idea to eat those berries in the end when there could only be one winner and only Peeta and Katniss were left, and I love how there was a little bit of love in the arena when Katniss and Peeta teemed up... (Team Peeta)