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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: 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. 374 p., Scholastic Press.

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21 thoughts on “The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  1. This is a great book! There is a suspenseful action-filled plot with a few good twists, some interestingly tangled relationships, and the writing will make you feel like you are actually there — even after you are done reading it! It appears to be the first book in a series, but I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t seen the words “end of book one” at the very end of the book, so I think this one has very definite Newbery potential. (And I’m glad there will be more like this coming.)

  2. I agree! I’m glad this book completes the “Hunger Games” and does not leave us hanging. It already has enough unexpected plot twists to make me want more.
    The characters, also, develop at different rates realistically according to their viewpoint. I love each and every one of them! (or love to hate, whichever)
    So put this one on request and see what you think!

  3. This is a fantastic book!!! The plot has so many twists and turns that you don’t really know what will happen when you turn a page. The characters all have realistic personalities and there is a realistic amount of character development. So make sure you don’t have anywhere to go for a day or two when you sit down to read this book, you will find it hard to put down!

  4. During our First Top 3 Vote this year, the following comments were made about this book:
    “It is original…”
    “I felt that I was inside the book.”
    “Very intriguing plot and very good writing. It was very difficult to stop reading it…”
    “Very well thought out plot, great realistic characters…”

  5. I also love this book and agree with everyone’s comments. It is definitely on of my top books this year! And I can’t wait for the sequel!

  6. Character development, a great plot, and descriptive writing this book has it all! In my mind this book is clearly the best post disaster book this year (there have been lots!). The writing was very descriptive and fast paced. I was up all night reading this book! I could not put it down! So far this year The Hunger Games is definitely in my top three if not my number 1 book.

  7. I read this book, and I loved it, but I don’t think it would be a Newbery winner. This bokk was absolutely amazing, and the writing was brilliant, and I’ve never read anything like it. My only complaint was that it was slightly too much of a cliffhanger. I know it tied up all the huge loose ends, like the actual games, but I think that, even though this book could stand alone, I truly think it needs its sequel.

  8. I finished this book earlier today and it has been reeling around in my head ever since. This is an absolutely fantastic book. Not only was the action great, but the character development was wonderful. The complex relationships between the characters were some of my favorite parts of the book. It was a very complex web of emotions, clear enough, but with just the right amount of confusion, and was very realistic. And while the characters were in positions that we, hopefully, will never be in, you could relate to them perfectly. And I think it definitely qualifies for Newbery, even though it is clearly to be part of a series. Although it did leave a few loose ends, it tied up the Hunger Games completely. This book will absolutely be in my Top 6, and most likely in my Top 3. I do not know how Suzanne Collins will be able to top this with the sequel, but I cannot wait to find out!

  9. I loved this book! It is definitely the best Newbery eligible book that I have read this year. It has a very exciting plot and realistic characters. The writing was captivating and very descriptive. I think that it ended quite well and stands alone, though I eagerly await the next sequel.

  10. This is by far one of the best and most rivieting books i have ever read! i felt like i was actually in Katniss’s place. trying to survive. long after the last word i felt like i was still in the arena for the Hunger Games. funny story, my sister tapped me on the shoulder (it was right after i read the book) and i got scared and tackled her to the ground. it took me a second to realize i wasn’t in danger and we had a good laugh about it. no telling what type of reaction the sequel will cause but i’m eagerly awaiting it. so read this book!

  11. This book must appeal to a wide age group! It managed to win the Mock Printz and will most likely win the Mock Newbery. Go Hunger Games!

  12. i loved this book i even dreampt about it last night i only have one question though

    Peeta or Gale? i think i like Gale more so i do not like Peeta but i want to know what others think

  13. Awesome. I might have called it Awesome with a lot of !!!!!!!!!! but i did not like all the killing and all the blood and all the kissing. It is extremely different from other books with an extremely more interesting dramatic and exiting writing style, but i would prefer the great book with exiting writing style with out the blood and drama. It also ended on a cliff hanger. Sorry to all the people that say this is the best book they’ve ever read. I cannot say that.

      1. Discloser time: I do not agree one hundred percent with all the blogs my twelve year old self made two years ago, if you know what I mean, ha-ha (things change)! Now in defense of my twelve year old self, I have to admit the Hunger Games is still not my favorite book but after reading them again in preparation for Mockingjay’s (the movie) release I did like them a lot more! Okay, enough covering up of past blogs I made…

  14. I read this book in less than 2 hours! I think that the writing style it spectacular but I’m not sure how I feel about the plot. It is an interesting idea but the only thing is many readers don’t think that they would be in a wealthy district (or the Capital).The thing is we tend to think,”Oh I’d never do that (meaning I’d never side with the Capital)”. The thing is that if put in that situation without our current thinking we might have gone along with the Capital. The book is very much food for thought.

  15. The hunger games series is on of my favorites! I love all the characters and the original idea! I think they are AMAZING and I totally recommend them! 🙂

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