The Hunger Games

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Scholastic Inc., Sep 1, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 384 pages
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The book no one can stop talking about . . . 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead 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. New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

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I remember when this trilogy first came out. I about 11 years old and I remember some of my classmates talking about it. It was not until my teenage years that I decided to purchase and read The Hunger Games part 1. I was intrigued by the setup of the story and how detailed it explained the future. As every chapter ended in a cliffhanger I continued on page by page. The author did a phenomenal job in describing the characters very detailed and their stories became very memorable. I like how well thought out the scenes were depicted and described. We witnessed what occurred in Panem and how the tributes were selected and sent out to participate for their individual district. We see how the war, a game of survival and strategic, is brought upon such a young group of teens. Characters begin to show favoritism within the elaborate layers the author has left. The horrors of corruption are undeniably captured. The older students can read this fantastic story and enjoy the feelings that the characters are captured in. The book cover definitely makes sense when you are through with the book and realize it has a special and unique meaning.  

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I really enjoyed this book because I liked the characters' personalities and I really liked the intensity of the hunger games. I also liked it because there was emotion in it and it wasn't all just fighting. My favourite part was part 2: the games. I liked it because that was the most exciting part, it had the most significant events and there was some humour too. I would recommend this to anyone from year five up. 

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Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. Collins went on to receive an M.F.A. from New York University in dramatic writing. Since 1991, she has been a writer for children's television shows. She has worked on the staffs of several shows including Clarissa Explains it All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! and was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days. Her books include When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles, and the Hunger Games Trilogy. Book one of this trilogy, The Hunger Games, became a major motion picture in 2012 with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence portraying the main character of Katniss Everdeen. Catching Fire, book 2 of the trilogy, became a major motion picture in 2013.

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