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The Hunger Games [Hardcover]

Suzanne Collins
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Oct. 1 2008 Hunger Games (Book 1)
A chilling tale of survival from the New York Times bestselling author.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district 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.

Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

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Praise for The Hunger Games

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
A Kirkus Best Book of 2008
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
USA Today Bestseller

"[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

"[The Hunger Games] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it." — Charlaine Harris

"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." — John Green, New York Times Book Review

"A plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." — USA Today

"Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." — Los Angeles Times

"{A} superb tale" — Booklist, starred review

"Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Also a successful writer for children's television, Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down. Oct. 31 2008
The 74th Annual Hunger Games are soon to begin. The Hunger Games are a fight to the death. In the new country of Panem, in the ruins of North America, each year as punishment for a rebellion and as a control mechanism, the Capitol forces each of the 12 provinces to draw names of a male and female tribute. The tributes are drawn from all people between the ages of 12 and 18. They receive training, are assessed by the game masters and then the betting begins. The games will be televised and are required viewing for the whole nation.

The draws are not exactly even though. You can choose to enter your name extra times, for yourself and for family members to receive a terse, a grain and oil supplement from the government. Thus enters our heroine Katniss Everdeen. She is entered this year 20 times as she is 16 and taken the terse every year, for herself, her sister and her mother. Her close friend Gale has his name in 42 times, but this is the last year he is eligible. Then Katniss has the worst fear hit - her younger sister Prim (short for Primrose) is drawn with her 1st and only ballot. Katniss then does the unthinkable; she volunteers to take Prim's place.

Katniss Everdeen knows that she has at least some chance of survival in the games. She has been secretly hunting in the woods and feeding her family since her father died years earlier. She hunts and gathers what she can with her friend and hunting partner Gale, in the woods beyond the fenced border of District 12. Yet even so, most believe she has just given up her life for her sisters.

Katniss and Peeta Mellark are the tributes from District 12 for the 74th annual hunger games.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Incredible Incredible March 1 2009
For a full day this book sucked me deep into it's incredible story... time passed and I didn't notice. I couldn't stop reading until I was done. Then on the last page I read, 'End of Book One' and my mouth fell open, my stomach dropped. I didn't get to know the end of the story. There's so much more to come... and another book to be released in Sept. I have another day off tomorrow and I'd really rather just have the next book now and spend another day in bed entranced by the next part of this amazing story.

I'm a teacher and I also work in a childrens book store. I read a review about this book and was intrigued. The description reminded me of a Japanese horror movie called "Battle Royale" which follows a similar storyline. That movie was great, but utterly disturbing and full of gore. So, I really wanted to read this book intended for youth, wondering how the author could have a similar story but not have it turn out as disturbing for the young readers. She succeeded. I'm still not even sure how, but she did it! Incredible.

I will be recommending this to friends my age, other book lovers, the book buyers at my store, teachers and youth (with a warning about the material as it still is about an upseting game/war). I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lives up to all the hype Oct. 6 2013
By scoutu
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I had absolutely no interest in reading these books. Saw the movie and thought it was ok, but still wasn't planning on reading them. Then someone I totally respect told me just how good they were, so I picked them up, and oh my goodness.....I was hooked immediately! Definitely lives up to all the hype, and of course the book is WAY better than the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!! April 17 2014
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Couldn't stop reading it. Each chapter left you hanging and needed to start the next right away. Can't wait to read the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! March 3 2014
By Tanyas
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It was very similar to the movie, which surprised me. It was hard to put down, and I look forward to the next two books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars well done Feb. 8 2014
By Candace
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This book was well written and kept me on the tip of my toes. Very enjoyable even though the ending was a bit heart wrenching, I definitely want to read the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read Feb. 4 2014
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Very enjoyable book. Thought the character were very realistic and believable. Liked it so much that I ordered the second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great read Jan. 28 2014
By Krista
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I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good alternate world those who like the what could happen scenario's. Really well written, fast paced, with well developed characters. Read it and you'll be hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!
Absolutely incredible! It stated out fairly slow for the first 8 to 10 pages, but after that it was impossible to put down. Hands down the best book i have ever read!
Published 2 months ago by Kassidy
3.0 out of 5 stars hunger games
This book was really good! A little overrated.... But good. I had heard so much about it so I was a little let down when I finally read it.
Published 3 months ago by Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars Average book
This novel is over-rated in my opinion. I understand it might be teen-oriented reading and might be the reason why it has not caught up with my enthusiasm. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Lessard
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then the movie
I would have loved more description but the story is great, kept me enthralled right to the end. Now onto book 2
Published 3 months ago by Kristine Verreault
5.0 out of 5 stars so good!
Simply amazing, but not a simple plot. Great book. I didn't know what to expect and I'm thrilled I gave this book a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Games
Katniss everdeen is a 16 year old girl who loves her sister more than you can imagine. Times are hard and Katniss's family must fight for survival. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lolsaff
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic read! This is an analytical review of what I learnt while...
n analytical review of The Hunger Games?...I can not believe I am doing this. “Why?” you say. Well for starters I re-read The Hunger Games because it was a part of my class... Read more
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