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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 9780439023481
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  • Reader773Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    This book series is the best! I have to admit I did watch the movies before reading the books, but i feel like it gave me a better image of how to picture everything and how the games works. I have already read the series twice and highly recommend it for kids 12 and older, as it can be violent. If you are a person who loves thrill, excitement, suspense, and a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat this is the book for you. Suzanne Collins is a brilliant and creative writer. I hope you love the books as much as I do! P.s I am team Peeta :)
    • Reader773Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:21 pm
      This book was amazing! I have to admit i did see the movies before reading the book, but I feel like it gave me a better image of how the
      • Reader773Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm
        These books are the best! I have to admit i saw the movies before reading the books, but i feel like it gave me a better picture of how the hunger games worked and it gave me a picture of how things looked. even so I loved the book series and have read them twice! Suzanne Collins is an amazing writer and is so creative. I highly recommend this book for people 12 and older as it can be violent. whoever loves action, suspense, and a book that keeps you guessing this would be a top choice. :)
        • bookwormilg
          bookwormilgFriday, November 23, 2018 at 9:27 am55 stars
          I absolutely love this book. It's extremely touching. For the people who say the book has only to do with children killing each other- you're incorrect. If she wants to win the hunger games, Katniss has to make a choice. She has to choose against humanity.
          • forenna
            forennaWednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:11 am55 starsFeatured
            Imagine living in a word, where every year, called the Reaping, two people, a girl and boy from ages 12-18, are chosen between 12 other districts to fight to the death, and the last one standing wins their district food, money and endless happiness. Well, that's what happens in this book. Katniss Everdeen , an illegal hunter to feed her family, and the rest of her district. Her district is District 12, the poorest district, and has never known what it feels like to be full, volunteers as a tribute, to standing against 23 others, and fight to the death. But, there is someone who is always on her mind ever since his name was called: Peeta. "I remember him, from when I was smaller." "Why is he getting in my head?" "Peeta, Peeta, Peeta," is all that runs through her head. Before the Games even start, there is manipulation, confusion, danger and love, a book everyone should read. Before reading this book, I really didn't think I would like it, considering the fact that I'm very, very picky when it comes to reading books, and will immediately put one down if it doesn't satisfy me. There is a rare moment where I feel touched by a book, and very emotional. That is how this book made me feel; I swear I cried sometimes. This book is really symbolic, and shows a comparison to the real world, and the class system. As most people know, District 12, the district Katniss grew up in, represents a class of poverty, the low class system. Places like District 11, to around District 5, would fall under the class system of Middle and Upper Middle class, which is like having basic needs, a job, enough food on the table, maybe even sometimes surplus, and just overall, a good amount of everything. Then you have District, 4, 3, 2, and 1, who are basically the rich people. Very entitled, always has food on the table, has never struggled, and has money galore. This is exactly like our world, with people in poverty, people who have things they need, and a little more, and then the people who have so much that they could share, but don't. This book not only subtly shows that, but also shows tension when all of these people come together as equals every year, fighting to the death. This is why I love this book, there are multiple meanings to that. If you watched the movies, you'll definitely enjoy the books.
            • BrookeyBrickTuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm
              This book is my favorite! It is so awesome!
              • lonewolf_94Monday, October 8, 2018 at 8:03 am
                i love the hunger games
                • PeytonThursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm
                  This book is about Katniss everdeen. Since she dosen't have a lot of money so she hunts every day for her family with her bow her family is her sister, her, and her mother. every year there is a hunger game where they pick two people from every 2 people out of the 12 districts and Katniss's sister (Prim) got picked, so Katniss voultered to go insted of her to the hunger games. Before you go into the battlefield you show the judges how good you are and she got the highest score with her bow. The other person with her was Peeta. Once it started she went for a bow but she almost got killed so she grab. bed a knife and ran. When she went to sleep she slept in a tree and when she woke up she saw Peeta with the people who train their whole life for this (Careers). The game makers shot giant fireballs at her, but she got away from them. They made a rule that two people from the same district can both when so Peeta and Katniss team up and Peeta give her a bow. She shoots the last person twice throught the head so they won.
                  • catnip2087
                    catnip2087Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 2:01 pm55 stars
                    This book and the series is amazing. I take it like almost everywhere I go.
                    • horse177Monday, September 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm

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