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Read more. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Print. Personalize your media recommendations. At least Katniss escapes the perils of insta-love. But poor Peeta - all of his actions are colored by him being "Lover Boy", and I think it detracts from his personality and reduces him from a kind compassionate person to a fool in love who'd do anything for Katniss only because of his physical attraction to her.
Oh, Rue Now, back to the GOOD. Rue, my favorite character. Little, fragile, almost-too-perfect Rue who was clearly doomed from the start. Who despite her appearance was neither weak nor helpless. Whose view spoiler [death scene hide spoiler ] brought the human side to Katniss who, until that point, was almost bordering on robotic.
There was real grief and anger and sadness in that scene, and from that point on I began to care. Suzanne Collins strictly follows the "show, don't tell" rule. Actually, she does it to such an extent that the book reads almost like a screenplay. The plot moves along at a fast pace, only slowing down a bit in the drawn out Capitol makeover and cave makeout sessions.
Collins does not shy away from gruesome scenes, making many parts of the book hit home. Katniss easily beats the majority of the popular YA heroines. And because of all her coolness, this gets 3. Somehow it just won't seem sincere if I'm trying to slit his throat. Lawrence's Katniss has such emotional depth, and she brings such truthfulness to her character. Excellent adaptation with a great balance of tugging on the heartstrings and darkness.
Lawrence Hu ohmygosh. Exactly I will live long enough to read the next book once it's out. Nataliya Emma wrote: "ohmygosh. In the arena I was rooting for Katnis This review is definitely a trip down the memory lane for me. Apr 10, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: quarantine-reads , buddy-reads , read-in , young-adult , dystopian. Hello, I am back again with another breakdown review while I relearn how to write reviews.
We quickly learn so many characters, but we even more quickly learn what type of character Katniss Everdeen is. The basic premise of this tale is that there are twelve districts and once a year each district will select two young candidates to fight to the death in a game, which will also be broadcasted for the world to see. Every year, a teenagers name gets added once to this random selection pool, but each year they get older another time their name gets added.
Also, you can add your name more times to get food and supplies for your family, and this is very much the norm for most children. Meanwhile, the boy contestant is Peeta Mellark, who Katniss remembers giving her bread when her family was starving after the death of their father. Together, they are thrown into a competition that no one believes they will be able to come back alive. Especially since only one victor is allowed, therefore one of them will most certainly have to die.
The journey Haymitch is about to take alongside these two kids as their mentor, whew. Also, unknown to Katniss, a start of a public romance is brewing with Peeta to help their image. We also get to meet President Snow and start to get a vibe of all the evil things he has been stirring up for some time now.
We also get to learn about the different privileges of the other districts, and how some of these candidates view this as an honor to volunteer their life for without needing to save a little sister. Peeta is coached to very much play the star-crossed lovers card, and he even tells Caesar that he loves Katniss more than anything. And Cinna says my favorite line in the entire series to Katniss.
So simple, so beautiful, so heartbreaking. And we quickly see that people are starting to form groups to take out some of the weaker players. After with the help of some killer, engineered wasps… she is able to get down from this tree and gets a bow. Katniss sings to her, and realizes that nothing will be the same in her life again, no matter how long she has left. And she also knows that Peeta has been wounded and is missing. They also share a kiss when they find shelter, and she vows that she is not going to let him die.
She does get very injured in the process but makes it back to heal him. Thresh helped Katniss because of what she did for Rue. District 11 just deserved better. Cato is still alive, still the biggest threat, and still hella annoying. And then we have some more berry foreshadowing when a girl dies eating some. Kato runs at them, while wolves start running after them.
Well, I think at least. They for sure have the tributes eyes, and it just makes it extra freaky. But basically, after some fighting and some monologues, Kato is dying to the wolves slowly, but Katniss puts him out of his misery. They were promised earlier that if Katniss and Peeta were the final two of the game that they could both win and live, but now the game makers are trying to change that game right before them. And since they are saying there can only be one victor, Katniss takes a risk with those beloved berries and her an Peeta threaten suicide before all the people watching from the comfort of their own homes.
Katniss wakes up in a hospital where her body is healing and she is able to hear out of her one ear again. She gets to see Cinna, and believe that maybe their lives will be normal again. But Katniss quickly realizes that the Capitol is terribly upset that she played with them, and they are not going to ignore her actions in the game. They both have taken so much damage physically and mentally, and they know that Snow is not through hurting them, or the people they love, by a longshot.
View all 35 comments. May 05, Jana rated it did not like it Shelves: ya-and-creatures. A lot of things are troubling me about The Hunger Games. A lot of things which I more and more perceive and which are not solely connected with this book but with the metaphor behind the words. People attach themselves to fictional freedom without seeing what really something is and which unfortunately is here to stay because you can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
Freedom of flesh. In comparison to the freedom of and from your mind which is nowhere to be found. And this is why I detest this book, although detest is such a strong from the ego word. And where after the battle of ''united'' people we heal and repair the damages for the better tomorrow. The society cancer of western civilisation thinking. Heal the damage, never heal the cause of it. We would be discussing how humanity can help each other with being better, with taking responsibility and with being open to each other.
And yet imagine this paradox we live in: better, as if the majority of population can even understand that we are in constant blood thirst to achieve peace. With war comes peace. While along the way we are trying to be better and safer. Yet most people deliberately choose to live on the utmost lowest level of their existence. In fear, frightened of itself. And people read books which are so extreme in their bullshit.
And people connect with Katniss because she is the heroine. She has managed to outsmart the system. Instead of thinking that she was not even supposed be there in the first place. Because we live in society that does this to their children. And instead of working on yourself, how to achieve your inner peace, you associate yourself again with the group because it feels better to be in the tortured crowd, instead of being alone and awakened. It is just emo gibberish. Leave Katniss alone.
And in the end, it is just a book. The system as it is, the plot of this book is just another evidence to show us how we are controlled. That we are left barren from our true selves which we only find in empathy, love towards each other and genuinely understanding that we are one and everything is one. And the only reason I am writing this review here, the only reason I am giving it so much attention is to tell what is on my mind since it is so widely popular and since I have read it.
As if having money is any critieria for life, as if not having your own free will and education and information means nothing. And the other side of the rich coin is poverty with people who believe in symbols, who are sidetracked with religions, censured TV, economy and utter lack of information circulation. And a lot of people here are trying to disregard this review and want to reassure me that I am so terribly wrong.
So I followed as well screaming Goodreads recommendations and I bought a book that is stupid, violent and written so plainly but of course written for vast masses so they can be touched by fake social awareness. And this is my silver lining. Because it has been like this throughout centuries and with the biggest thinkers of our civilisation. What they meant and wanted to show, is definitely not what most of the public projected. It is just a constant reminder how so many things are left unrecognised while these superficial stories which evoke cheap emotions are always so hugely praised.
It could have been just a little story but never underestimate the obese octopus that is called In God And Country We Trust - code red mentality. Mentality of humans which are too ignorant, beautifully naive and untouched basically with what is means to be socially aware.
And although this is a teen book, it is more deeply hurting and sickening because if you want to influence somebody, of course you will influence the children — and yet there is nothing that children can learn from it. They can learn some things, we all need little courageous Katniss, but on a deeper subtler level is it just an intravenous injection of more Nothing and more Numbing and more Disconnected.
At least they read is one of the arguments. And argument as fruitfull as at least they eat GMO food. One food for the blind intellect, other for the digestion which both results in basic survival without any interference of you in all of it. Because it takes courage and guts and a pinch of anarchy to stop, turn around and start questioning what is handed.
For me, the thought about giving this to a child is sickening especially because we live in this world where all the life criterias are upside down. Because if it is served somebody is earning money and you are just getting fatter and sicker.
And the children will learn how to question if you teach them how to find not if you broadcast them the answers. Not if you teach them through aggressive examples and if you keep the nation in cold sweat especially if you are lucky enough to live in the countries where oppression is not the issue but consumerism, body image and mediocrity have you on the leash. I am astonished with a fact that around What is it that fascinates them so much.
And it's about a girl Katniss Everdeen, living in the far away future, who was chosen to participate in a cruel Big Brother game, in which 24 contestants children age kill each other, because live TV has become demanding, and the public loves reality blood and violence. That's it. A little bit of undeveloped and unbelievable romance between her and two boys, a little bit of her abandoned family problems, a little bit of The 5th element movie political structure, mutants and pop stylists.
In the beginning, first 50 pages were well written. There was suspense, Katniss was sweet and witty, but overall this book is a shitty meltdown. Adding the ridiculous cliffhanger ending. Some people here are using words like dystopian literature, and then write essays about how this book is the core of it.
The core is pointlessly graphic and sadistic, without any concrete message except of the negative: this book is just proving that the world today is fucked up if this book is so successful. In a metaphorical way it is promoting political establishments of certain countries and that is getting tiring. Not all people are eager to swallow the shit of general brainwashing. Katniss being the heroine ironical quote marks.
Being loyal and darling and a role model. Just wake up. Life is happening and some pretty dark things are happening while you are thinking that Katniss is the representative of the club called liberation. For me, in a bookish way it stands for one bad one night stand, kiss and forget. But as always, readers tend to bring fiction to their real life and just as many think that kittens and superheroes are comfort zones, a lot of readers perceive this plot as their own little shrine.
But that is me not being in tune with the mainstream population which is too distracted with billboards. Because it is easier, because why protest, why not simply take what you are given - eat your GMO Monsanto's company hamburgers, eat your cancer giving Nestle products and think that The Hunger Games are the best franchise ever, like ever.
This shit sells. It's genuinely bad but excellently targeted. You know, it evokes pride and loyalty and massacring children, freedom and scandal and Hollywood. It goes very well with all the Kardashian filth. As long as it sells, sells, sells. And marketing agencies know that people are united when they are jealous, when they want and they with those hamburgers want freedom.
Nobody is going to kill their Katniss in a goddam book! Take a look around you. And then the punch line for this book comes from the so called activism from the shopping mall. People who devour literature of this kind and think that everything is all right while in the same time, fuck, you are getting oozingly fat. Bottom line. This book is very shallow and MTV culture oriented, like a classical example of easy consummated pop-literature; I'm very surprised that it didn't come with some trash magazine subscription.
If it doesn't have savage brutality, prize money and prefix ''media coverage'' then it won't be appealing and educational because surely this is how children of 21st century survive this techno media world; through examples of true moral issues and realistic outcomes. Have another gulp of Coca-Cola along the way while you listen to dubstep shit. It saddens me when a violent hillbillish book is so popular. What is there to truly identify yourself with.
Except if your chicken soup for soul are basic emotions which come with buy 1 get 1 free. PLOT It's a potentially exciting but gruesome story, but most of the characters were rather flat, much of the plot was predictable it's not hugely original; in particular, it is VERY similar to the Japanese "Battle Royale" , and there were too many flaws in the plot.
I fail to understand its very high ratings. Post-apocalyptic America Panem is divided into a wealthy and technologically advanced Capitol and twelve subsidiary districts of oppressed people who exist in dire poverty, with inadequate food, housing, and health care and hardly any technology. To reinforce the power of the Capitol by instilling fear in the population, once a year, two children from each region are selected by lots to fight to the death in a reality show.
If that were not bad enough, the whole thing is utterly corrupt in multiple ways, plus the public bet on the outcome, and sponsors can sway the results. Did I mention these are children? Some are as young as 12, though the narrator is A compulsory full-body wax on a teen seems rather pervy and who would want to bet on, let alone sponsor a child-killing tournament, even if it's by helping one of the contestants? As the book keeps reminding readers, one person's survival is only possible by the death of all the others.
CRUELTY TO CHILDREN I realise that horrendous things are done to children around the world every day extreme poverty, child soldiers, sexual assault, genital mutilation etc , but in none of those cases is the sole intention that all but one child dies, and nor is it organised by the government for a sick combination of sport, entertainment, punishment and profit.
Humans often lack compassion, but I was never convinced by Collins' world - especially the fact this outrage has continued for three generations it's the 74th games , apparently without the Capitol even needing to invoke gods or supernatural powers to justify their cruelty!
Could a barbaric annual tournament really be such a powerful incentive not to rise up in all that time? I don't think so. BIG ISSUES Nevertheless, it tackles some big themes that are particularly pertinent to teens: the nature of friendship; divided loyalties; the difference between love and friendship; who to trust; whether the ends justify the means; the need to repay favours; the danger of power, wealth and celebrity; the corrupting influence of reality TV; the need for independence, and whether you can trust a parent who abandons you.
It all feels rather laboured to me, but it might not if I were a teen, which only reinforces my puzzlement at the number of adults who have enjoyed it. I must be missing something. I predicted the main plot twist less than a quarter of the way in and the fact that Katniss is telling the story limits the possible outcomes , but the suspense was broken when it was made explicit way before the end.
There are some other twists between then and the final page, but by then I was rather annoyed with the whole thing. I suppose they had become inured to it, but on the other hand, that meant they knew the horror of it. I just didn't believe there was as little fear in them as there appeared to be - given that they are children. It can only be a tiny part of the USA because each district specialises in only one thing coal mining, agriculture etc and has just one town square that can accommodate everyone 8, people in District 12 and yet it's a day's train journey from District 12 to the Capitol.
It doesn't seem like a very plausible settlement pattern in a post-disaster world, even given the totalitarian regime concentrating people in a few centres makes it easier to observe and perhaps control them, but it also creates more opportunities for opposition movements to develop. It is even possible that they could all survive. The second point is what makes LotF a better book, in my opinion. Of course, there are other, more obvious, parallels with extreme "reality" shows such as "Survivor" and "I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here", but the fundamental differences are not just that contestants in those shows do not fear for their lives, but that they are adults who have chosen to enter.
Any fans who read this will now hate me. I wanted to enjoy this book, and I read it all the way through, making notes as usual, but to no avail. Shelves: young-adult , utopia-dystopia , classic-young-adult , reviewed , chosen-girls , girls-rule. It is beautiful for the unflinching way it shows you, as a reader, your own willingness to disregard people who are different from you - how you are the Capitol audience.
But, it is important as a story about girls. I had not initially thought about articulating that point because it seemed so obvious to me, and I am bad at recognizing my own assumptions. Lately, though, I have seen so many people, both men and women, acting as though this remarkable book is a piece of fluff that I realized maybe what I love most about The Hunger Games is not as obvious as it seems.
To me, this series is important because it is a landmark departure from the traditional story about girls. Too often, stories objectify women. When I say stories objectify girls, I mean they talk about girls as though they are fleshlights that sometimes have handy dandy extra gadgets such as an all-purpose cleaning mechanism and food dispensing function.
Sidebar: if you are inclined to now google the word "fleshlight," I encourage you to consult the urban dictionary definition here before doing that, as the google results will probably be NSFW and also NSF those of you whose parents might check your browsing history. Do parents know how to do that?
Sorry for the sidebar, I am just intending to make an explicit point, and now I am feeling uncomfortable about what that explicit point might mean to the target audience of this book. Girls, you are probably badass like Katniss, and you are definitely not a fleshlight. Back to my rant about typical objectification in storytelling: often the girls fleshlights have fancy outer designs because it makes the fleshlights happy to be fancy.
Sometimes they have skeeeeeery castration functions , and other times they work as helpful databases for music or video games or whatever UR into. A lot of times, I will hear people refer to this type of objectification as treating women like they are just a vagina, or a pair of boobs, but I think there is something to the stories that is less human and more sexbot machine than that complaint covers.
So, in all of those links, I have tried to include books written by men and by women because I think that women think of ourselves this way almost as often as men think of us this way. The link from The Ugly Truth , for example, shows both a man and a woman treating women like fleshlights. I have also included both books I love and books I hate because, ultimately, I do think girls adopt this story about themselves, and I also think we can pretty easily identify with a male protagonist and disregard female characters who look nothing like humans.
For example, The Sun Also Rises is one of my favorite books in the whole world, even though it does not contain any women who resonate with my experience of humans. And I don't think it's necessarily bad that I can enjoy stories where women are only fleshlights, as long as I can still be whoever I want to be without a positive role model.
I think it's good to enjoy stories and take what we can get from them, and so I don't regret that I love The Sun Also Rises. In seeing some male reactions to The Hunger Games , I am reminded that most men do not identify with female protagonists the way women have been trained to identify with male protagonists.
This seems like a huge disadvantage for men to be in, to me, and if you are a man reading this review, I would ask you to check out your bookshelves. How many female authors are on your shelves? How many of the books those authors wrote have no central male character?
If you have a minute after that, check the shelves of a woman you are friends with and see how many of her books were written by men or have no central female character. Odds are the results will be pretty different. Katniss is strong and broken, and powerful in her brokenness. Masculinity does not have to mean emotional cowardice.
Hopefully, we never think of our primary purpose in life, in the way so many stories think of it, as making penises erect. Hopefully, we never think of ourselves as gadgets that are super fun for other people. Yes, it is also a poignant critique of reality TV and Western callousness about the catastrophes caused by industrialization in the developing world, but that, too, resonates with me in many ways because of its remarkably feminine voice.
It absolutely makes sense to me that this book is not for everyone because of its violence, but I still think that it is objectively important because it shows a perspective that seems authentically feminine to me — that talks like a girl, not like a sexy, fancy gadget. The Hunger Games is one that does, and it does so in way that is beautiful and important.
I want to die as myself. I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not. I keep wishing I could think of a way to That I'm more than just a piece in their Games. You're the one who wasn't paying attention. Of course, I loved Peeta! How can "I don't know how to say it exactly. How can I not? He is perfect! But Katniss? She is so strong and bad-ass but she always misunderstands Peeta! It's so obvious that he loves her but she is in denial!
She is so stupid!! And when she realizes his feelings, she just hurt him! Let's start from the beginning! What is Hunger Games? Every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 were selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes, who train for a week and then are sent into an arena to fight to the death.
Only one tribute can win the games. This competition is showed to television to be seen by all citizens. So, Katniss' little sister, Prim, is selected for the games, but Katniss took her place to save her. I volunteer as tribute!
He protected her but I will admit she protected him as well! She risked her life to get the medicine needed to heal his leg. But how can she not see that he is madly in love with her? I loved it when he told her about her singing for the music class, that's when Peeta realized he was in love with her when he saw that the birds were listening like they did for her father. And right when your song ended, I knew - just like your mother - I was a goner," Peeta says. Very deep. He is her best friend!
At the beginning, she said that she never saw him that way and now what? She is confusing me. Please, not love triangle again!! I liked Gale but no! He won the Hunger Games of his time. He is also Katniss' and Peeta's mentor. It seems at first that he doesn't like Katniss very much but at the Hunger Games he helped her more than he helped Peeta. He always supported her in his way. She was the year-old female tribute from District I really liked that Katniss allied with Rue.
They were amazing together. But Rue died. I understand only one can win our case two but I felt so sad when she died. Not only her though. A lot innocent kids die because of the Capitol. It's not fair. So katniss and Peeta can be allies. But when all the other tributes died it was announced that the rule they said early has been canceled.
I was so angry! They did it on purpose. She is so stupid. He didn't want to fight her and she thought that he could kill her. But it was a trick. Peeta discovers that Katniss was mostly acting during the games about the feelings. He was so heartbroken! My baby! I haven't seen the movie yet! View all 49 comments. Dec 24, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: dystopia-utopia , young-adult , It seems weird that I never reviewed The Hunger Games. I don't know why I didn't when it was a series that completely took over my life for a short while.
But recently I've been thinking about posting something in this review space and after just watching the second film which I think was amazing and better than the first , now seems like as good a time as any to talk about why I love Katniss and nearly everything about this series. I gave this book four stars back in and I'm going to leave that rating as it is because it's an indicator of my thoughts at the time though they slightly differ now - thoughts which were influenced by having just finished the fantastic, horrifying, brutal and unforgettable Battle Royale manga series.
I don't think it was the best time for myself and Katniss to find one another when I had so much beautiful insanity to compare the book to, but it still managed to have such an effect on me that I instantly told every friend and family member to read it. Coming back to this now after having spent the last couple of years being bombarded with dystopian YA, I appreciate what Collins has achieved a whole lot more.
I appreciate the strength of Katniss as a heroine who commands our attention and holds our love whilst still being what some would consider unlikable; I appreciate the balance of beauty and horror that Collins delivers on every page, treating us constantly to both the darkest despair and rays of hope; and I also - amazingly - appreciate the love triangle.
Love triangles seem to have chased me and hunted me down with every YA read I picked up over the last two or three years - my dislike for romance instantly becoming doubled by the introduction of yet another boy with beautiful eyes. But Katniss, Peeta and Gale worked for me. They convinced me, held my interest and made me cry. The love triangle worked because it's outcome wasn't obvious, because we all wondered and hoped and worried.
Because, either way, I was always going to be half happy and half sad. Katniss still remains for me everything that a female protagonist should be. Or a female hero, at least. She fights for the ones she loves, she's brave and doesn't need to be saved.
But neither is she a one-dimensional smiling poster-version of a heroine. She falls, she fails, people get hurt because of her and she has to live with that. We love her and yet she's antisocial, awkward and moody. She loves other people with all her heart but she's not much of a team player. In short: she's a complex portrait of a young woman that doesn't fall into any neatly defined boxes or categories.
Now, perhaps, authors have since tried to recreate her. But she's still one of the first and best. I know another review of this book isn't needed. I know you've all probably read it anyway. Or never will. But this isn't really for anyone else; it's a reminder to myself of why this book deserves its hype and why I need to remember to come back to it again and again between the new and hopefully amazing YA books I'll be reading in the future.
View all 28 comments. I've said to a few people that if I wasn't married, I'd have to marry this book. I feel pretty safe in saying that if this isn't still my favorite book of the year when next January rolls around, that I'll eat a hat. As soon as I finished reading it, I turned around and read it a 2nd time, which I've never done before in my life.
It's got some very meaty issues to chew on, not the least of which is reality TV taken to extremes. I will miss Katniss until I can read about her again. What more could you possibly ask for out of a book? It doesn't actually come out until October , but if you can get your hands on an ARC, definitely do! I think that the violence in this will be easier for kids to take, since they probably won't see it quite as clearly as an adult will.
None of it is particularly graphic, but it is definitely brutal. This is on the edge of too dark for me, which is my favorite kind of book. There aren't many writers who can push it right to the edge for me without going over Zusak comes to mind immediately , but Collins is definitely one of them. OK, I'll stop gushing. I may have to re-write this review when I get some perspective. 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 31 comments. Jun 12, jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. View all 20 comments. Oct 01, Elle ellexamines rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-characters , zfavs , zreads , zfaves , 5-star , sff-scifi-dystopias , authors-of-color , x-series , elle-recs-list. 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.
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Or The Girl who Owned a City? If the book does not promote sex, does not promote murdering other children let's face it, it doesn't promote it in any way , but DOES describe violence why then must be it censored? At what age does a child come into the real world?
If as a general population they are given cells phones, open access to the internet, fairly free roam with movies and television, why deny access to engaging literature that might actually make them think or The students I come across that aren't exposed to these things are what I would consider sheltered, over protected, and ill-prepared for reality. This title contains: Educational Value. Positive Messages. Positive role models. This review Helped me decide 7.
Had useful details Read my mind 4. Report this review. Parent of a 1-year-old Written by smaurine June 17, I would never allow a child or youg teen to read this It is a good story, don't get me wrong, but no way would I ever let a child or young teen read this violent book. It's disturbing, to say the very least. It reminds me a lot of the feeling I got when forced to read Lord of the Flies as a youth: creeped out! The main character is brave, wise, and rather selfless, but I hesitate to call her a role model because she is forced to kill and maim.
After reading some of the death scenes I was shaken for days. When a very young girl was speared to death, I couldn't stop crying. It's not the description of the violence that is disturbing, but the implied terror the mere children feel and the continuing loss of character after character. This book is not for children, but if you decide to let your older teenager read it, please take the time to read the book first and make sure it's suitable for your child because I believe it is possible for a sensitive person to experience vicarious trauma just from reading this book.
Helped me decide 6. Had useful details 7. Read my mind 2. Parent of a year-old Written by Kay November 28, Too violent and disturbing for kids My child just read this book in the 6th grade. He liked it and asked me to read it. Wow I was shocked that the school thinks it is a good idea for grade schoolers to read this. This book is not for pre-teens.
While it is well written and a page-turner, that does not make it a great read for kids. It is full of really awful graphic violence. The story is kids are forced to kill kids and that is not what I want my 11 year old's head filled with. It is like letting a child play a violent video game over and over. If you put junk in you get junk out. The message of the book is not to give official authorities too much power over your life so I guess I will call his teacher tomorrow and let her know I am exercising my parental rights to not have my child read the rest of these books at this time.
Had useful details 5. Read my mind 3. Parent of a 6 and 9-year-old Written by Andy and Lynne March 23, Not for children, no matter their reading ability! I have read the entire series and it is a well written thought provoking work.
My husband and I spent a week talking it through and digesting all that Collins dishes out. I have a very mature reader, who is 9yrs old, and I have a hard time finding material for her to read. A teacher at her school once told me the following: If the main character is more than 2 years older than your child, it is most likely not a book suited for them, no matter what their reading level.
I try to follow this advice and will for this series. Katniss is about 16 years old, so my child will be 14 when i allow her to read this series. There is so much value in these books when read at the appropriate time. Read to early, I fear, the child will merely see the violence and not have the maturity to see the deeper message.
The message in this series is to valuable to be given too early! Read my mind 1. Adult Written by new mommy April 6, Not for tweens I think that most people will have a different view on this book because of the violence and different parents have different ideas for what their children should be exposed to. Our middle school graders read this with a note home that needed to be signed for violence. In my view, if we need to do the letter home should we be thinking this is not school appropriate since it's not even real history?
To put a game out there that children need to kill other children I think we can do better than that for our kids. If my child was in the middle school and received that particular letter home I don't think I'd realize what it REALLY was when I read it since there weren't enough details about it. Maybe the letter should have said "kids killing kids for entertainment" just those words twist my gut and many parents wouldn't have signed it?? I just think there are better things we could be doing with our children Some children can play those terrible games and watch bad movies at home; others don't.
I actually felt like I disobeyed the lord by wasting my time and actually getting cought up in the games myself as an adult enjoying the book! I felt guilty! Very well written but not for a family raising their children with good Christian values is my opinion. Helped me decide 3. Had useful details 3.
Parent of a 11 and year-old Written by K67 February 23, What is the value of human life? The premise of kids, who have nothing to do with one another, being ordered to kill each other for spectator sport is horrific. Have we not evolved at all from the era of gladiators? Yes, it is a captivating read, yes, it is a strong female character, but the fact that no one is bothered by the whole premise of the story is deeply disturbing.
My 11 year old sees no problem with the book, and "everyone at school is reading it". I find it disturbing that this is what it takes to get kids stimulated to read. Have I let her read it? Am I proud of that? The fact that other parents are more disturbed by the drunken nature of Haymitch than the fact that the main characters have to kill one another is also indicative of the hypocritical approach we take, as as a society, to the value of human life.
This title contains: Positive role models. Had useful details 1. Discussion, discussion, discussion is the key Hunger Games is a book with many messages meant to mirror problems in our own society, namely desensitization to violence on tv, reality tv shows that blur the lines between real human sufferring and being kicked off the island, war, famine, haves vs. These issues are alive and well in our own 'reality' and pose threats to our youth that cannot be swept under the rug.
Hunger Games provides an entertaining, suspense-filled, well-written stage for these issues to be brought forth and examined with young people - with the hope that they can recognize and become part of the groups of people who work to end them. It's also a great way to look at the decadence of the Roman time period and draw parallels to both the book and our current "reality". Educational Value. Helped me decide. Had useful details 2. Read my mind 5. Adult Written by caitiemm January 28, Amazing book series, but shouldn't be taken lightly First off, I love this series.
I think the messages within it are more mature and useful in this day and age as it, not like Twilight and pointless vampire romances. I believe it's one of the best series I've read though the last book I was not as happy with, but that's for another time. However, I would strongly suggest you NOT let anyone under 14 read it, though it does depend on the child.
While this book in particular might be okay, a child will continue to want to read the series till the end, and I don't believe Mockingjay and the book series all together should be swallowed by a child. What you need to consider is your child's maturity and perception on difficult situations. This book is very political and war centered with a feel of the Holocaust to it. It deals with many rights and wrongs and human nature how strong it can be, and how horrible. This series should not be taken lightly, and I highly recommend you read it before your children to see if they can handle the undertones of this book, and then use this opportunity to discuss these difficult subjects with them.
One of the things you should be careful of is the desensitization this can cause to difficult subjects. As the series goes on and death tolls mount among other things , the young reader might start getting defensive and numb. Give it time so they can get everything they should out of the book and not be numbed by it. But I will note, that while this book is based on violence, Collins handles it carefully so not to make it too gruesome.
The physical violence is not what concerns me for young readers wanting to read this book. Helped me decide 2. Parent of a year-old Written by Coredestroy October 14, Hauntingly feasible, irresistible to put down, impossible to forget. I am currently teaching it to my 7th grade class.
We are exploring the social issues of poverty, classism, devaluing human life, and risks of extreme entertainment. Hunger Games has electrified discussions in understanding character motivation, thematic irony, the human condition, and societal injustices.
Every kid has had something to say, and often their insight into why people do what they do is captivating. A powerful, edgy novel that motivates non-readers and stimulates the minds of the well read. Adult Written by Valentina z February 16, Should you read it? This book may contain violence but it's fine for kids that can handle it.
There are some drinking parts, their mentor throws up on the carpet, but other than that it's fine. In an interview, a girl is described as sexy but it isn't inappropriate. For the people that say there's a bad message they probably didn't even read the book. The real message is that if you stand up against people, you might make the world a better place.
As readers were clued into in The Hunger Games book, Katniss is, first and foremost, a survivor, which is why she is more than ready to act along. Where does that leave Gale, though? Gale and Katniss had a relationship, one that blossomed because they took care of each other, based on mutual respect. And what about Peeta? The Victory Tour is bound to be excruciating for him, knowing that the woman he loves is simply acting, playing a role, in a sense using his feelings as a shield against the cruelties inflicted by the Capitol.
As Hunger Games victors, a bond has been formed between them in the most unusual of circumstances. If the victors of the Hunger Games are fuelling the flames of unrest, why not get rid of the fuel altogether. And so, Snow decides to celebrate the Quarter Quell, a remix of the Hunger Games, except this time, instead of asking each District to please serve up their youngest and most vulnerable, Snow turns his attention to the prior winners of the Hunger Games.
And he has quite the pool to choose from since Katniss and Peeta participated in the 74 th edition. No one can be the face of a rebellion if they are six feet under, after all. The heroine is, and always was, surly and bad-tempered, and is now dealing with her fair share of post-traumatic stress. She has recurring nightmares. Her relationship with Peeta is strained, and not just because of the forced acting; the truth is, everything about Peeta reminds her of the games.
Just that one untainted memory, of him giving her bread, remains. Will Katniss be able to overcome the traumatic events? How can Katniss escape that and become her own person, when the Capitol insist on casting her in a mold she feels so uncomfortable in? You have just reached the second half of our Hunger Games books summary, so if you are interested in how the story goes on, keep reading our Mockingjay book review.
In the Mockingjay book, Katniss wakes up after having survived the Quarter Quell, but she might as well have died and resurrected in another life — nothing is as it was. The people she thought she knew reveal secrets she had no idea they had. Her home has been destroyed. And her world is at war.
Katniss will find out about the existence of District The official narrative has been, for decades, that District 13 was wiped off the map after the Dark Days, the days in which District 13 waged a civil war on the Capitol.
Their aggressive stunt was what motivated the Hunger Games. Turns out that, during all this time, District 13 still existed — only underground. The Capitol bombed the District to rubble, but only the parts of it visible from above, and for decades the natives of District 13 have learned how to survive in their sophisticated, military retreat below the surface. Katniss is taken before Alma Coin, the leader and the brains behind the kindling of the revolution against the Capitol.
For years, Alma has been plotting and waiting for the moment to strike and strip the Capitol of its power. Everyone around her looks to her to give them hope, to be a reminder that they are fighting for a cause that is worthy of all the human lives and sacrifice it is costing. She is the mockingjay, after all. And now that an outright war is brewing, they need her more than ever.
Our heroine is no stranger to acting in front of the cameras, but she will fight for what she wants, even if it means playing the long game to get there. After the release and not only then most of the Mockingjay book reviews praised the book as being an incredible piece to read. So keep reading our summary of the book Mockingjay to learn more. People have to be reminded again and again of why they are subjecting themselves to all this pain, to all this loss, to all this suffering.
They have to be reminded again of why they are inflicting it on others, too. Otherwise, the other Districts will forget who and what they are fighting against, and, tired and defeated, revert back to blindly following the Capitol. As they say, the devil you know…. Hence, why she is so keen to get Katniss on board. Katniss has something that keeps people going, that moves them, that inspires them to stand up for themselves and against their oppressors.
And Alma plans to use that because she is focused on the bigger picture: bringing down the Capitol. The list of people wanting to kill Katniss continues to grow. President Snow is angry that a young girl from a poor District is managing to show him up again and again and consistently manages to slip through his evil grasp. And anything means anything, for President Snow has few scruples.
A special kind of hell for someone as proactive as Katniss. When Katniss does finally find her way back to Peeta, everything will have changed. The Peeta she fought side by side against has been changed and transformed after months of torture and psychological conditioning… We hope that our Hunger Games: Mockingjay book summary made you interested in the series and you are going to enjoy it as much as we do.
The events take place almost fifty years before Katniss is reaped as a tribute for District 12, in a setting where Panem is only just starting its horrific tradition of having children kill one another. It is, in a sense, an origin story for the main villain in the Hunger Games books, although it is its very own take on the origin story format. Coriolanus sees the opportunity to put his social-climbing abilities to the test when he is appointed a mentor for one of the tributes, Lucy Gray, from District So, the young ambitious rich kid will do everything it takes to see Lucy Gray succeed.
Of course, as he does what is in his hands to help her, it is inevitable that he starts developing a sincere affection for her. In the end, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the tale of how Snow will have to choose what is really important to him in life. He will have to battle with his own conflicted feelings surrounding the games, come face to face with the horror of what they mean, but also decide what he is willing to risk to once again have access to power and riches.
Like all villains, Coriolanus Snow is neither all good, nor is he all bad. He simply makes a series of choices that slowly determine the course of his life and its outcome. It also contains numerous references to the trilogy, adding information here and there, filling in the story. In this prequel, the most avid and thorough readers will find hidden gems.
This is a must-read for all true fans of the books in the Hunger Games series, especially for readers who love seeing the world through the morally compromised eyes of a villain. We also recommend our article about the best science fiction fantasy books that includes The Hunger Games as well. There are four books in total. Three belong to the original trilogy, and the fourth is actually a prequel to the Hunger Games book. The plot is chronological, so it is recommendable to read the Hunger Games books in order.
The first of the trilogy books was published in , and the last book in the trilogy came out in The prequel to those three is the Ballad of Songbirds and Snake. As of now, there are four books, and the publishers and author have not confirmed any further books. However, never say never, because authors do have a tendency to go back to stories set in fictional worlds as intricate as that of Panem.
According to the author, she drew most of her inspiration from Ancient Roman civilization and myths. Obviously, many factors play into why a book will end up being a success including the writing , but the Hunger Games books have been immensely popular because of the plot. It gives readers a chance to root for a cause and is told through the eyes of a morally grey character, whose flaws and strengths are human enough to be relatable. The Hunger Games books are marketed as young adult, which means they are technically appropriate for teenagers from the ages of 12 to However, the distinction is mainly for marketing purposes, as the books have been wildly popular with the adult audience too because of the intricate world-building and subplots.
So, on average each book in the Hunger Games series has about pages. The prequel is slightly longer, with pages. The entire series was published in a short span of 3 years, from to Lord of the Flies is a clear choice for those who loved the group dynamics and survival aspect of the Hunger Games books. When it was adapted to film, the Hunger Games books were drawn into the spotlight for questioning.
However, many reasons were cited for banning the books, including violence, anti-family views, satanic views, and sexuality. Scholastic, the publisher, announced that there would be a fifth book. Alissa is an avid reader, blogger, and wannabe writer. She's a much better cook than a writer actually. Alissa is married, has one human, one feline, and two canine kids.
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