The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1)

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1)

by Suzanne Collins


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The first novel in the worldwide bestselling series by Suzanne Collins!

Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun. . . .

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 districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439023481
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Hunger Games
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 23,316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. She is also the author of the picture book Year of the Jungle, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut. You can find her online at

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From The Hunger Games

The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody. I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building. Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past. I've never seen that happen though.

Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone. It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs. I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff. When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly. It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour. The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones. I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose. Crying is not an option. There will be more cameras at the train station.

My sister and my mother come first. I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler. My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us. For a few minutes, we say nothing. Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them.

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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's really not much to say other than I just read a book that was equal part disturbing and completely compelling. I can't even say how much this book effected me, both emotionally and physically. (I bought a bow and arrow set. No kidding.) I think this is a book that will stick with me for a very long time. Caution: It's violent and a lot of parts are very unsettling, but if you can get through it, it's really an amazing read. Opens your mind, for sure. I can't wait for the sequel.
Sarah_R More than 1 year ago
When I got my copy of the Hunger Games as an advanced, I devoured it in less than a day. It's one of those "can't put down even if it's 3 in the morning" type of books. I knew, quickly, it would be a recommendation I'd offer to ANYone looking for a great, new teen read. What I liked most about the book is its premise: in a maybe-distant-not-distinguishable future, Katniss, our heroine, finds herself participating in the ultimate reality TV show--a fight to the death. For teenagers in Katniss's world, a lottery could send them to the Capitol to fight in these Hunger Games, where the victor is the last teen standing. With a little romance, humor among the carnage, and an interesting new future set up, Collins' first book of the Hunger Games series is unforgettable.
Balina More than 1 year ago
The hunger games is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading this book from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely and completely love this book! It's exciting and thought-provoking and all-over amazing. It is a bit brutal at times, but overall it's simply fantastic! A must-read!
Irishmanreader_111 More than 1 year ago
I have never heard of this author but i have to say Suzanne Collins knows how to write a book. The book kept me on edge of my seat. The characters are real and easy to relate to. The ending is werid but i have heard Suzanne is coming out with two more bokos for this series. I highly recommend this book to any age.
theokester More than 1 year ago
To those unfamiliar with the plot of this's set in the future after the general downfall of American government. The country is now divided into specific Districts, each of which is responsible for producing a certain type of good or service for the good of the nation and especially for the good of the Capitol. Our main character (a teenage girl named Katniss) is from District 12, where they are responsible for coal production. Because of an uprising, the Capitol has instituted The Hunger Games. These "games" take place each year and each district is required to send two teenage participants aged 12-18, one male and one female. The participants, called tributes, from each district are taken to a previously undisclosed location and required to fight to the death. The last tribute alive is declared the victor and returns to his or her district not only with the honor of winning, but also with the reward of being financially "taken care of" for the rest of their life.being put up in a great home and provided with money, food, etc to ensure their comfort. Our protagonist, Katniss, becomes the female tribute from District 12. The premise itself is an intriguing combination of a number of elements I've seen and enjoyed from other books and stories. The system of selecting the tributes reminded me of the short story The Lottery. The general layout of Districts and order of government reminded me of a variety of 'end of days' books. The fight to the death concept reminded me of ancient Roman gladiators or other similar events where participants are required to kill each other at the whim of the controlling government. While these elements were familiar, the way they were put together made the story fresh and enticing. The language was fluid and engaging. The target audience is teenagers or young adults, so I expected a fairly easy read. At the same time, the author didn't "talk down" to the reader in any way or pull her punches. On the contrary, she accepted the reader as an equal by providing a quick, smart, tight narrative. I loved the juxtaposition of the poor and degrading District 12 alongside the decadent effulgence of the highly modern Capitol. Truly it was as amazing to the reader as it was to Katniss just how different the two disparate areas were. It also spoke well to the hypocritical and contradictory nature of those governing the land. A theme that became a strong thread in the book. The intrigue and potential conspiracy or collusion was a lot of fun to follow along and was very compelling to me. I was hoping for more of it, but the man vs man battle of the games didn't provide a ton of opportunity for this. I expect a bit more plotting and scheming in the next book. The actual Games was a fun adventure. The preparations leading up to the games were rather interesting as each tribute was presented to the world and then trained and prepared to fight to the death. I loved following Katniss through the strange terrain. Again, we were pulled back into a non-futuristic world as the kids ran through forests, streams and mountains. At the same time, we were frequently reminded of the high-tech society whether through the projections in the sky or the high-tech gadgets and medicine provided to the kids. One of my favorite elements was near the end when Katniss encounters the muttations. I really liked the depth and intrigue of those creatures. If you can'
EireLady More than 1 year ago
The Hunger Games is the best book I have read in a very long time. And I never would have expected it! Unfortunately, I judged the book by it's cover in the beginning. It looks a bit bland and emotionless, but now it makes much more sense! It grabs you and pulls you in. I ate it up in just a few hours last night because my eyes were glued to it. The story is so unique that it's hard to predict anything. And that is very rare these days!
As a reader, I felt every single emotion that the main character, Katniss, was feeling. There was never a boring stretch or dull moment in the whole book. Expertly woven, and containing some very deep and complicated human decisions, this is a read that I will soon be experiencing again. It is nothing like you would expect, and well worth it. I recommend this book to everyone! Read it now!
JujuBerry More than 1 year ago
Very, Very Highly Recommend this book. My 13 year old son kept telling me to read it. He was half way through the book and kept saying how great it was. I had nothing else to read one night so I started to read. Figured I would read a chapter, the most two and tell him I tried, but didn't really like it.... turns out I end up finishing the book before him because I could not put it down.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
Excellent storyline. read it in less than 24 hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a book that is hard to put down, I could not help myself and would read late into the night. its a must read.
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TonyCito More than 1 year ago
i mean WOW ... the best book i ever read soo far!!!! u have to read it!!!!!!
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
Collins has created a gripping epic of a story, which is an arguably darker combination of the already dark stories 1984, Lord of the Flies, and the short story The Lottery. I certainly couldn't put the book down from beginning to end, however I found myself thinking the text was very dark and not suitable for younger readers. In fact, I was reminded of stories like The Bluest Eye, which is a text involving children as the main characters, but is often banned from various school reading lists and regarded as a book not suitable for kids. That disclaimer aside, this is one of the better books that I've read in a while, and it certainly deserved all the press and awards that it's received. I'm sure that several production studios will consider it for a film, which is bitter sweet in my opinion. This would make a great movie, but it would be incredibly dark. On the literary front, this is a perfect example of a dystopian society, which is the best kind of science fiction. Also, what makes any good science fiction novel really good is the subtle or not so subtle hint that all of the terrible things going on in the story are palpable at some level. It seems a little farfetched that our society could turn into this, but it's not far from where Rome was just before its fall and the degradation of art and culture had reached its limit with rampant incest and duels to the death in the Coliseum. Even now, reality TV is not a far cry from the gladiator games. How long will it be before we want to be entertained by watching people compete by killing each other? However, what makes this book amazing, in my opinion is that Collins has taken a relatively original idea (possibly pulling from sources like the Japanese film Battle Royale) and really flushed it out in a phenomenal way. The great travesty with science fiction and fantasy books is that many of the authors have great concepts, but are terrible writers, leading them to flood the market with books that have great elevator pitches, but are, in reality, not that great. Contrary to popular belief, I don't think that Collins has given us a truly original story, but what made Chaucer and Shakespearre so great, among other things, is that they took well-known stories and rewrote them with their literary genius. The way that Collins writes the story through the eyes of Katniss creates empathy for the reader, and makes the dark world tangible and the characters she's interacting with three-dimensional. Katniss is always believable in every action and decision, making her a reliable narrator, and therefore, making the other characters reliable as well. In doing so, the story's underlying messages are communicated clearly and effectively, showing our own society a mirror of itself and what it can become if we don't start moving in a different direction. I recommend this book to all readers 14+. The other books in this series so far are Catching Fire (book 2). -Lindsey Miller,
mscuttie828 More than 1 year ago
i listen to books at work instead of music because is makes the time go fast. well time went too fast while listening to The Hunger Games. it had me at the first cd. i didn't want to answer the phones at work. i would listen in the car going home. this book was GREAT!! i actually listen to the book twice. i can't wait for the next two books.
LexiL More than 1 year ago
The Hunger Games is an amazing adventure book that will kept readers wanting to flip page after page. The author, Suzanne Collins, published this book in October of 2008. In the nation of Panem, lives a girl, Katniss. She lives in district twelve, one of the small places surrounding the capital. Of all the districts, her's is the poorest one, which is a disadvantage to her and her family. Every year all of the districts come together for an event called,"The Hunger Games." The Hunger Games require all districts to participate by selecting one girl and one boy to fight against all other districts and each other. They are put in a remote area and for many days they are to survive by being the last one standing. In my opinion I thought this was one of those books that you never wanted to abandon. It was a really well written and detailed book. There was so much adventure that you could visualize every moment. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be kept on the edge of their seat and explore an imaginary world.
Hop_Frog More than 1 year ago
Now I'm ok with finding parallels between novels but to call the The Hunger Games the next twilight simply because of the popularity behind the two, doesn't count. They're nothing alike. The Hunger Games for one, is a good read. There is actual plot development and heart to it. twilight was practically a wet dream (how many times must bella make it a point to praise edward for his beauty?) and was as exciting as watching the grass grow. The Hunger Games swept me away from the first chapter. I love how self sufficient katniss is and The obstacles theyre forced to face in the arena (dehydration, fires, wasps, etc.) takes you away. A real page turner. Here's hoping I will like Catching Fire just as much.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
I almost did not read this book because of the idea of people hunting people, let alone kids being forced to do this. So, I have to thank Krista for convincing me to read this book. If it was not for her I would not have picked this book up at all. Once I started reading this book I realized it is not as harsh as I had anticipated, which I am thankful for, and was not able to put it down. (I read this book of 374 pages in two and a half days, which is extremely fast for me.) Most of the book is not even set in the actual arena of the fighting. This book is more of the survival of Katniss and Peeta who are on the defensive and trying to stay alive. There is no cannibalism nor is it gory or brutal. I am very glad I did not pass this book up any longer. I know there is a lot of talk of this book currently, which may be due to the second book recently being released. So with all this amazing praise I had to read it. Which was also a fear to me that with all the hype I would have higher expectations and the book would not measure up. Well, the book exceeded my expectations tremendously. Let me just say the praise is well deserved. You meet Katniss here in the beginning right away. She sneaks past the fence around District 12 ment to "keep the animals of flesh eating out" and the citizens are not aloud to go outside the fence. Katniss has a spot she sneaks out and meets her friend Gale to hunt. See, they don't get caught or in trouble because the Peacekeepers of the city look the other way, as they like to eat meat too. Katniss has been trained at a young age by her father to hunt, and this is what Katniss has done to help keep her family alive after her father passes away in a mine accident years before. Also, in the beginning you learn of the history of Panem, and how the Capitol has a gripping control over the 12 different Districts. As a lesson for trying to over throw the Capitol years past the Hunger Games came to exist. All the people are forced to have their children entered in the contest starting at age twelve through to eighteen, no matter stature or standing in the District. However, the poor children could very well have more entries than the richer. See, if the family is in need of food rations the child can enter an extra name in the drawing for this and you can do so for each person in your family. So with Katniss, she has a sister and a mother along with herself - this would be three more entries along with the one for this year. Oh yes, the entries are cumulative, so they carry over each year. That would get scary after a while. On the day of the drawing all the people of the District are required to be there to witness this, and as a reminder. Katniss is shocked when her twelve year old sister who only has one entry gets picked as the girl to go to the games. What would you do for your sister? Would you sacrifice yourself to take her place? Well, that is just what Katniss does, volunteers to go in her spot. I am surprised with the extent the Capitol goes to, to try and make this an exciting game to watch. The Capitol actually seem to enjoy this. The publicity the winners of the drawing get is unbelievable. There is lavish foods, complete make-overs, parades, and interviews. They are treated like royalty. People chant for these poor kids and bet on them. All this before they are sent to the arena to fight for their lives. The suspence is held through this section and there are peaks and valleys thro
Jess443 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, different from anything else I've read. It is the first of a series, and I can't wait for the next book to come out. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about different worlds/realities.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe how good this book is! TO DIE FOR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend told me i had to read this series and i'm so glad i did. I loved the way the story line was presented through out the book. I recommend reading The Hunger Games you wont be sorry!
Nadia521 More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! I promise you it made my heart stop at some point. Once they got into the arena, I couldn't stop reading! I stayed up till 2 am on a school night to finish it! (Don't tell my mom please)

I loved Katniss' character. She was so headstrong and just so...cutting edge. I don't know how else to put it, but she was really brave and knew her way around the woods. I thought it was kinda funny that SHE was the one taking care of the GUY.

But wow, she was good. And the storyline! Don't get me started! It touched me in some parts, I just felt like I was in there too, cause I felt kinda scared at times. I was so nervous to find out the ending. I mean, they only almost died every 2 pages!

Then the ending....No way, I'm just still shell-shocked. I hope the second one will be longer, and I still have so many unanswered questions.

*Sighs* Okay, that is all. LOVED THE BOOK! REALLY GOOD READ!
Marie_Stuart More than 1 year ago
I'm a person who naturally loves reading. I read all the time, and because I've read so many, I've become pretty good at sniffing out the stinkers. I was a bit leery about this one because everyone kept telling me it was the next Twilight. I didn't like Twilight in the least and wasn't exactly jumping at the chance to read a book that has been unjustly compared to that garbage. But when I finally read it, I was surprised at how much I liked it. I found myself liking Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Haymitch as well as many other characters Katniss encounters. This book was great and I couldn't put it down. I immediately went out and bought them all. I've read them over and over and can't stop talking to my friends about how great this story is. Many of them have been sick of listening to my praises and have decided to read the books themselves and have been pleased as well. I have yet to meet someone who has read these books and has not liked them profusely. It was great! You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Series should be required reading in school.