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Still my definite favorite book of the year, but all the typos in the finished book were pretty disappointing. I’ve had 2 teenaged boys at my library read this on my recommendation, and both of them came back asking me for more books like it really there isn’t anything.

May-June I’m reading this for the 4th time, with my younger son, who’s finishing up 5th grade. Still as good as ever!! Can’t wait for the movie!!

I’ve seen the movie twice so far, and definitely liked it better the 2nd time, when it didn’t have to try to be my favorite book.

STILL as good as ever, and the odds will forever be in its favor. View all 75 comments. Jul 18, Colleen Venable rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-fiction , books-that-made-me-cry.

Fantastically Written? Ooooh yeah! Super Quick Read? Most definitely! Man, I wish someone on my friends list here has also read Battle Royale and this book!

I ate it up, shouting into other rooms and offices that I was going to be shoving the book i Fantastically Written? I ate it up, shouting into other rooms and offices that I was going to be shoving the book into their hands as soon as I was done, but as it went on desha vu was a little too common for me.

I know there are major story types out there, ones that are repeated over and over again. Shakespeare retold different ways.

The bible reinterpreted to 2,, varieties of tales FEED felt utterly original. If it’s going to be about “the future” we don’t know about, make it original. In my mind dystopia novels survive on “idea” more than “excecution” and while the execution of this was beautiful, the idea was hardly new.

In Battle Royal short explanation of BR plot: 40 students put on island forced to kill each other and winner is set for life and put on TV etc There are so many other similarities, from the ways the gamemakers manipulate, to the ways the media encourages, to one character having a fever and the other taking care of them with soup.

There are even “career” battle royal players. In BR you see the emotions before and after someone is killed, their last thoughts, the feeling of the person who killed. It’s actually really beautiful the way it is done, and so believable that put in an arena teens WOULD turn into savages. In The Hunger Games, yes the main characters were fantastic, and many of the lesser as well, but Foxface is only Foxface, and the Careers are never more than random 1-dimensional bad guys.

I am not saying it wasn’t a GREAT read, I’m just saying it shouldn’t shake the publishing earth the way I am pretty sure it is going to. I anticipate this is the next Twilight series people are going to gush over.

In a few years we’ll all be hosting Hunger Games final book parties. I’ll be amongst the attendees I’m sure. Also in terms of female main characters, Katiniss may surpass Bella in me wanting to shake sense into a character.

Talk about a smart girl being utterly clueless! Yes, it was great, but eh, maybe I’m just bitter because I think BR is the better book of the two and while Hunger Games will get tons of praise and likely a rather deserved award or two, BR will continue to be banned in many libraries.

Amazing what subtracting guns can do to a story. Suddenly it doesn’t feel as violent, but rather is more reminiscent of stories we heard growing up. The number of swords and arrow deaths in traditional fairytales is nothing to freak out about, but if bullets are flying, it will give “too many ideas” to teens and therefore must be dubbed an adult book. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t read BR just a few months back this exeedingly long review would have been just as long only instead of a rant it would have just been one long squeeeeeal of delight over how much I loved the book.

Original Comment: Peer pressure, peer pressure, peer pressure. Geez guys! Alright, alright I’ll read it! Clearly Gregor was merely the prelude. As an author we were accustomed to your fun adventures involving a boy, his sister, and a world beneath our world. But reading it gave me a horribly familiar feeling. There is a certain strain of book that can hypnotize you into believing that you are in another time and place roughly 2.

And The Hunger Games? Well as I walked down the street I was under the disctinc impression that there were hidden cameras everywhere, charting my progress home. Collins has written a book that is exciting, poignant, thoughtful, and breathtaking by turns.

It ascends to the highest forms of the science fiction genre and will create all new fans for the writer. One of the best books of the year. Ever since her father died the girl has spent her time saving her mother and little sister Prim from starvation by hunting on forbidden land.

But worst of all is reaping day. Once a year the government chooses two children from each of the twelve districts to compete against one another in a live and televised reality show. Twenty-four kids and teens enter, and only one survives. Why not make it as if Peeta and Katniss were in love with one another? But in a game where only one person can live, Katniss will have to use all her brains, wits, and instincts to determine who to trust and how to outwit the game’s creators.

So sure, there are parts of this plot that have been done before. You could say it’s The Game meets Spartacus with some Survivor thrown in for spice. Some of the greatest works of literature out there, regardless of the readerships’ age, comes about when an author takes overdone or familiar themes and then makes them entirely new through the brilliance of their own writing.

Similarly, Collins takes ideas that have certainly seen the light of day before and concocts an amazingly addictive text. Your story often rests on the shoulders of the protagonist. Is this a believable character?

Do you root for him or her? Katniss, on the other hand, is so good in so many ways. She sacrifices herself for her sister. She tries to save people in the game. Most remarkable to me was the fact that Katniss could walk around, oblivious to romance, and not bug me.

You just want to bonk the ladies upside the head with a brick or something. The different here is maybe the fact that since Katniss knows that Peeta has to play a part, she uses that excuse however unconsciously to justify his seeming affection for her. Thems smart writing. And did I mention the dialogue at all? The humor? The words pop off the page. No faux slang here, or casual references to extinct dolphins.

People love to characterize books by gender. It stars a boy? Boy book. A girl? Girl book. Now take a long lengthy look at the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. It stars a girl This is not a book that quietly slots into our preconceived stereotypes. And you know what happens to books that span genders? They sell very well indeed. That is, if you can get both boys and girls to read them. The age range? Well, for most of this story I would have said ten and up. There are definite horror elements to it as well, so with that in mind I am upping my recommendation to 12 and up.

You’ll see why. It occurs to me that there has never been a quintessential futuristic gladiator book for kids. That is undoubtedly the roughest term you can give this book. Yet as I was taking a train to Long Island I found myself tearing up over significant parts of this story.

You think of futuristic arena tales and your mind instantly sinks to the lowest common denominator. What Collins has done here is set up a series that will sink its teeth into readers. The future of this book will go one of two ways. Either it will remain an unappreciated cult classic for years to come or it will be fully appreciated right from the start and lauded.

My money lies with the latter. A contender in its own right. Ages 12 and up. View all 32 comments. Jun 12, jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. Aug 27, NickReads rated it really liked it. The book that got me into reading. Nov 13, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , 21th-century , united-states , young-adult , science , literature , fantasy. It is written in the voice of year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America.

The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12—18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death. Oct 01, Elle ellexamines rated it it was amazing Shelves: authors-of-color , x-series , elle-recs-list , zreads , favorite-characters , zfavs , zfaves , 5-star , sff-scifi-dystopias.

The love triangle being pointless is quite literally the point ; Gale and Peeta are meant to represent the opposite sides of war something a certain plot point in book three really drives home. Katniss is frankly never romantically interested in either for almost all of books one and two; she grows to care about Peeta in the general sense, not just the romantic sense.

The eventual romance works for Katniss because it is safe for her. I more think this series is interesting in how it talks about the nature of power and the nature of uprising. The uprising, as a whole, is an upswelling of the people, a realization that there is strength in numbers.

Even during war, the individual lives of characters like Joanna and Haymitch and Finnick matter. They matter to the narrative, and thus they matter to us too. Her journey is not in becoming a Nice Person but in self-actualization.

That is not a journey female characters are ever ever ever allowed to take and is arguably still something new. I almost want to case study this. It’s crazy that the first big ya dystopia is the best ya dystopia and one of the best series of all time, but this one is truly a classic and remains so incredible. Thank you to Katniss Everdeen for being one of the most interesting characters ever written and to this book for having such a dynamic story.

It’s relevant to our world. The parallels to our own society are so amazingly drawn, and the worldbuilding so good, that I’m not surprised this book was the one that broke through. Dramatic tension. Tell me you weren’t on the edge of your seat every moment of this book. You’re lying. Katniss’ struggle to survive on her own is compelling and twisty.

Every moment is filled with fear and tension. The characters are amazing. Katniss Everdeen is one of the best developed, most intriguing protagonists ever written. She’s badass and she’s selfish and she takes no shit. In the end, I think that’s what made this series so fantastic and popular. View all 21 comments. Jul 15, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , young-adult , fantasy.

What was once North America has been reduced, by what we are not told. A decadent Capitol rules over 12 subservient, worker districts.

Katliss is a year-old who lives with her depression-incapacitated mother and her year-old sister, Prim, whom she loves more than anything.

She lives in the coal-producing District 12, a sooty place in the former Appala What was once North America has been reduced, by what we are not told. She lives in the coal-producing District 12, a sooty place in the former Appalachia where life expectancy is as bleak as the food ration is small.

Suzanne Collins – from fictiondb. Contestants, or tributes, in the very Rome-centric nomenclature of the book, are selected by lottery, but one can get food for increasing the number of entries one is willing to submit.

This is not necessarily a lottery you would want to win, as the Hunger Games contest is a gladiatorial battle to the death. Joining an ancient form of barbarity with a more modern version, the contest is seen by the nation on television, gussied up with all the pomp and circumstance of the World Cup, Superbowl and World Series combined, with the degrading intrusiveness of reality television.

Primrose Everdeen gets the bad news – from Jabberjays. They are transported to the Capitol, dressed up, interviewed on TV, offered training in several forms of combat and sent out there to do or die.

The rest is their ordeal, which includes having to succeed not only with physical skills such as strength and agility. In addition to the need for cunning in figuring out how to best their competitors, they have to figure out how to please the television audience, among which are sponsors who might send them much needed goods during the game.

Katliss is caught not only in a brutal contest with the other tributes, but in a confusing battle with her own adolescent emotions. What are her feelings, really, for her male counterpart from District 12, Peeta, and for her hunky bff Gale back home team Gale vs team Peeta anyone?

How can she express her rage at the operators of this horror for their inhumanity? I quite enjoyed reading the book, hated putting it down. Collins offers characters one can root for, with enough inner conflict and complexity to matter, well some of them, without it being overbearing, or slowing down the story.

Ok, I liked the book. But I had a niggling concern early on. When I began reading, I wondered if there might be a political agenda at play. However, given the political climate of the twenty-teens, in which cynical forces of the right seek at every opportunity to portray government of any sort as the personification of evil, one must wonder if the author subscribed to the notion. I confess to not having read her prior work, so lack a basis there, and the interviews with Collins I read offer no insight.

So, I am not saying that this is so, just that the portrayal made me wonder. I posted a review of Catching Fire in , and while I did read Mockingjay I never got around to reviewing it. While I no longer feel a concern that Collins was consciously attempting to impart a stealth right-wing perspective, I still had a feeling that there was something else going on here.

Thankfully, GR friend Kyra offered a link to an article in The Guardian that articulated very clearly what my innards were only able to communicate with vague visceral discomfort. Here is the link. I suggest you check it out for yourselves. I go into this a bit in my review of Catching Fire. Nov 13, Morgan F rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: preston-public-library , own , medium-sized , young-adult , s , adrenaline , completed-series , read , favorites , its-a-girl.

View all 40 comments. Mar 26, Nilesh Kashyap rated it it was ok Shelves: dystopian. This is how it went: I started it and was immediately sucked into the book but then around midway I started losing interest. I fell asleep and had horrible dream credit to graphic violence. Next morning I finished it owning to its fast pace. This book is special: This is my first dystopian novel. I was very much excited about it since it was my introduction to a new genre.

I would like to thank this book for such amazing description of dystopian world. The book: This is a kind of book which probably everyone has read including their dogs, cats and birds too! The world building part is brilliant.

It is fast paced with simplistic writing. These are all good things. The best part kids are starting to read the books. Suzanne Collins created the opportunity golden ones and one by one she destroyed it.

But still most of the people are enthralled by the book as it eventually came out. Using the first person perspective and thus losing the chance to give depth to any character This story has been told through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, she just doesn’t give a damn about anyone else except her family so naturally the other characters are too shallow and one dimensional. All I knew about Peeta was that he liked Katniss from age of five, saved her twice and is now in love with Katniss, rest is mystery.

About Katniss , she does a lot of thing infact she does everything in the book but never has a second thought about them, never reflect over what she has done, eventually no attachment with the character. People tend to like Rue, Peeta, Cinna because these are few characters that spent time with Katniss, but again no character has depth. One more outcome that I feel from other reviews is that Katniss is definitely heroine of the story but why make other 10 kids villain. While Cato and Clove make their kill they become monster but when Katniss makes her kill, it has to be justified as revenge for killing Rue and pity killing of Cato.

Missed opportunities This could have been much more interesting novel. Where did it all go wrong? Killing other human has effect on the killer, until and unless killer is sociopath, moreover here the killers are kids. Instead of giving insight to their mind the story flatly moves ahead with killing and ending the games. No further thoughts beyond that. I will read it someday, probably before second installment of the movie.

As I watched the movie it seemed that novel was written with movie in mind. Few minor changes, like in the end President Snow shown thinking representing its start of story unlike novel which ends.

Some scenes are breath taking, too much violence. Acting by Jennifer Lawrence is good she turned out better than Katniss in the book. The kind of reviews and comments I have seen makes me think this book is being followed like religion and my review will sound like blasphemy to them.

View all 73 comments. Aug 30, Lyndsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewedstars , favorites , reviewed , i-recommend. Oh no. You’ve awakened the beast. It’s Jackniss!! So maybe Matthew Fox from Lost isn’t exactly the person you had in mind when you thought about who they might cast as Katniss in The Hunger Games, but I was inspired to create that after I saw this site called Jackimals.

You might want to wait to visit it, though, because it can suck you in like an unexplained time warp flash. I was also inspired to create the Jackniss after I read a discussion that deeply disturbed me. Somewhere, possibly on Oh no. Somewhere, possibly on Goodreads, I read that someone thought the Lost writers should get involved in writing the Hunger Games script. Forget the genius Suzanne Collins, let’s give it to the guys who left the greatest mystery in all of TV history completely unexplained.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Lost and appreciate it greatly, but they really explained nothing in terms of the plot. But don’t even get me started on that – Circuits overloading. It cannot do without. That’s obviously not going to happen since Suzanne has already written the script, but just play along for a second. Here’s how I think it would go Katniss is being chased by one of the mutts who suddenly turns into the smoke monster, which gobbles her up in flashes of lightning and the sound of mechanical teeth grinding while playing a flashback of her life in the District.

It quickly chokes her back up realizing she’s a candidate to replace Jacob but she’s in such shock from the experience that she lays down and dies, with a stunning close-up of her eye closing.

Roll credits. Now, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet , I won’t even try to justify why you should. You just should. And seriously, WHY haven’t you read it yet? This is the kind of book that is so awesome in a completely thrilling and demented and emotional and shocking way that it makes you want to bang your head against the wall while throwing fairy dust in joy. Two things that I have done in the past, but never before at the same time.

That’s how powerful this book is. After that, it makes you want to cry. Cry like a little baby. Like a little baby in it’s crib. Then scream. Scream like a frikkin banshee with a frikkin laser beam on it’s forehead. Before I read this, I had a friend who told me that this book was times better than Twilight.

I’d say that it’s actually more like a gorgonzolazillion times better and don’t ask me the exact amount that represents. Let’s just call it “To infinity and beyond.

I was like “Hah! But I concur. Maybe even Oscar worthy. I certainly hope so, anyway. I know that I said I wouldn’t try and talk you into reading this book but I honestly can’t help it. I’m not sure that I’m doing a great job at it, though.

Let’s try a little visual aid. Here is an artist’s rendering of our heroine, Katniss Everdeen: And here’s the gorgeous young lady who has been cast. Jennifer Lawrence. She may not seem like the spitting image of the girl from the book, but there is such a thing as hair dye and dirt. And and there is Photoshop, of course.

So here is a pic that someone made and posted online of Jennifer as Katniss. It may change your mind. And this side by side.

All right, besides the oversized cartoon eye, she is pretty damn close. Well, I’m convinced. How bout you? As if that wasn’t enough, you can see some examples of what Jennifer would look like in the many outfits of Katniss : HERE Also, here’s the artists version of Peeta, our hero. I know that a lot of people would disagree but, to me, this guy is Peeta. And just so everyone knows – The Hunger Games is currently on sale for just 5 dollars on Kindle. Download it HERE. I’m not sure how long the sale will last, though.

I already own the book but I am seriously considering buying the Kindle edition just for the hell of it. This is absolutely one of my all time favorite books!! Nov 30, Cait Caitsbooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , favorites , scifi-and-dystopian. View 1 comment. Jan 10, Buggy rated it it was amazing Shelves: shelf , romance , war , ya , end-of-days. Initially I had no idea what this book was about or what to expect in terms of YA writing, it had just been recommended to me by so many people and had such a buzz surrounding it that I had to find out for myself why.

Well let me say I was not disappointed and have now joined the legions of Suzanne Collins fans in awaiting her next instalment. The Hunger Games is the ultimate in reality TV, suspense, scripted realism, romance and survival that you should not miss. This new communist-type America known as Panem has been divided into a Capital and its 12 districts. We follow 16 year old Katniss as she struggles to keep her starving family alive, hunting and gathering with her best friend Gale.

Unbeknownst to her these are valuable skills as the annual hunger games are about to begin. Each year these games require two children from each district who are chosen based on a lottery system for compulsory participation. These televised games are then broadcast throughout Panem with mandatory viewing as the 24 contestants fight each other to the death, leaving just one victor at its violent conclusion.

Then together with Peeta the other lottery winner they travel to the capital and begin preparations for the opening ceremonies and ultimately their death in The Hunger Games. Oddly this has been written without paragraph breaks and I have to admit the first part of it dragged for me, as Katniss is groomed, clothed, and schooled by her entourage within the capital.

As Clegg repeatedly refuses to release her, she begins to fantasize about killing him. After a failed attempt to do so, Miranda enters a period of self-loathing. She decides that to kill Clegg would lower her to his level. She refrains from any further attempts to do so. Before she can try to escape again, she becomes seriously ill and dies. The third part of the novel is narrated by Clegg. At first, he wants to commit suicide after he finds Miranda dead; but, after he reads in her diary that she never loved him, he decides that he is not responsible for what happened to her and is better off without her.

He buries her corpse in the garden. The book ends with his announcement that he plans to kidnap another girl. Literary scholars have noted the theme of class in the British caste system as a prominent point of interest in the novel.

Some scholars have compared the power struggle between Frederick and Miranda as exemplifying the Hegelian ” master—slave dialectic “, and that both exert power over one another—both physically and psychologically—despite their differences in social background. In the Journal of Modern Literature , scholar Shyamal Bagchee attests that the novel possesses an “ironic- absurdist view” and contains a significant number of events which are hinged purely on chance. Bagchee notes the novel’s greatest irony being that Miranda seals her own fate by continually being herself, and that through “each successive escape attempt she alienates and embitters Clegg the more.

Fowles takes great care to show that Clegg is like no other person we know. It takes Miranda a long time get rid of her successive stereotyped views of Clegg as a rapist, an extortionist, or a psychotic.

She admits to an uneasy admiration of him, and this baffles her. Clegg defies stereotypical description. Furthermore, Bagchee notes Miranda’s evolution as a character only while in captivity as another paradox in the novel: “Her growing up is finally futile; she learns the true meaning of existentialist choice when, in fact, she has very limited actual choice.

And she learns to understand herself and her life when, in effect, that life has come to a standstill. Bagchee notes that the divided narrative structure of the novel—which first presents the perspective of Frederick, followed by that of Miranda the latter divulged in epistolary form via scattered diary entries —has the characters mirroring each other in a manner that is “richly ironic and reveals of a sombre and frightening view of life’s hazards.

John Fowles is well established as a master of language, using a variety of tools to convey different meanings and bring his characters closer to his reader. He has written a novel which depends for its effect on total acceptance by the reader. There is no room in it for the least hesitation, the smallest false note, for not only is it written in the first person singular, but its protagonist is a very special case indeed. Fowles’s main skill is in his use of language.

There is not a false note in his delineation of Fred. In , Mary Andrews of The Guardian wrote that “Fowles invites us to defy his main character’s excuses and read between the lines, and the facts paint a more chilling picture.

Fred doesn’t accidentally abduct Miranda, there’s a sense that he’s been leading up to this event his whole life,” and deemed Frederick Clegg “one of literature’s most evil characters.

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