- Hardcover: 3 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545265355
- ISBN-13: 978-0545265355
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 851 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hunger Games Trilogy Hardcover – Aug 24 2010
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Praise for The Hunger Games series
#1 USA Today Bestseller "Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." -Time Magazine Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which started with Gregor the Overlander. In The Hunger Games trilogy, Suznne continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A People magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009
A Time Magazine Best Fiction Book of 2009
A Kirkus Best Book of 2009
A 2009 BooklistEditors' Choice
"Collins has joined J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." -Bloomberg.com
"Perfect pacing and electrifying world-building." -Booklist, starred review
"A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three." -Kirkus Reviews, 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
About the Author
"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." -Time Magazine
Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which started with Gregor the Overlander. In The Hunger Games trilogy, Suznne continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
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While I wasn't fond of the narrative style, I did enjoy the book more than I thought I would. I quickly learned what the world was like and how the Hunger Games worked, and once the games began it didn't take long for me to be immersed in the environment of the story.
One scene was a bit of a shocking and off-putting experience to me, but that was probably because I felt that it was a bit risky to put in a young adult novel. This scene was when Cato was tortured by the muttations. The other deaths set a different feel for the novel, so this one felt out of place compared to the others. Although it was an uncomfortable scene, it was also a memorable one even though it felt out of place among the rest.
This is definitely the better book of the series. The build up of the romance was slow enough for it to not interfere with the survival aspect of the story, and the characters were written well enough so that I cared for them as the games progressed. The book also moved in such a way that it was not a bore to go through, and once it was done I was ready to read the next one.
Although the other books are not as good, The Hunger Games series is still a worthwhile read. The themes that emerge later on are good ones to think through, and the plot drives the story in such a way that it deserves a read even if only to find out what happens to the characters and the world in the end. #plumreview
One thing that stood out for me was how descriptive the food was, it made my mouth water.
I found that I prefer the books to the movies because the description of the events, seen from Katniss’s perspective, is a lot more personal, the action more gripping.
A very nice (shiny) addition to my book collection.
I picked up the series, having recently seen the first of the movies and being curious to see where it was going... without having to wait a year for the next movie to come out.
The story is entertaining, both on the big screen and within the books.
I removed a star, because I prefer a somewhat more complex plot with more convoluted twists and turns. For the target audience, the writing style and plot type is superb.
Book 1: Book one started with a bang. We meet our heroine Katniss - she is simple, honest and ultimately good - she sacrifices herself to save her beloved sister. She is not perfect - her personality can be abrasive and she is a little too honest to play politics and games... at least at first. All-in-all, book 1 flew by, well written and well crafted. We see the characters begin to grow, and we mourn with them when they lose things that are dear to them. Rating: 5/5
Book 2: Essentially a rehash of book 1 in my view. Ultimately, I believe the author couldn't find anything to build on after the success of book 1. Slow, but still worth reading. Rating 4/5
Book 3: Utter disappointment. This book destroyed the entire series for me. The author takes the easy way out. I can't say much without spoiling this for potential readers, but Katniss takes a major step back in terms of character development. "Choices" aren't really made as if the author herself cannot bear to choose. The ending feels rushed as if the author was a high-school student pulling an all nighter to complete an essay in time for class. Events don't all make sense.... and many seem just pointless. I, as the reader, was left wondering what had happened.... and if the book was written by a ghostwriter (because honestly there was nothing of the well crafted book in this. Rating 1/5
This trilogy is a keeper. I just hope it doesn't spawn an immense series of follow-up books--which, after awhile, begin to feel as though they're become production line artefacts instead of little gems of creation from a fertile mind.
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