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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.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published on February 7, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 0545425115
ISBN-13: 9780545425117
2462 Book Reviews
  • moonlight2011
    moonlight20115 days44 stars
    cool! this book has 5 star ratings cos i think it's so interesting :-)
    • boonyang
      boonyang8 days
      Is it that good? our teacher wants us to choose a book for book report of 6th grade and I am dieting for a recommendation of a book
      • alexamder42
        alexamder4215 days55 stars
        The Hunger Games is a amazing book, truly the best way to get into adult/teen fiction. With a awesome plot and a very good storyline, Suzanne Collins has outdid herself with this book. Starting a new series to a page Turner and a gruesome and eventful book. The Hunger Games takes place in the late 21th century. In a country of dictatorship, and a hard and shallow life. 24 tributes from 12 districts must compete for their lives. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark will experience the time of their lives, with suspense, drama, and a unconditional case of love, will they make it through the Hunger Games know that blood will be shed, lives will be lost, and knowing that the power of the Captiol can over come them, do they choose to play by the rules, choose to find their own path. Will the 74th Hunger games be enough for the Captiol's satisfaction? Well find out in Suzzane Collins novel: The Hunger Games.
        • asaa
          asaa20 days44 stars
          The best part of the book by far is the ploy twists. The short little one sentence chapter enders that leave you wanting more. The end of part one is a perfect example. It establishes a fake relationship between Katniss and Peeta that slowly turns real. The only thing stopping Hunger Games from getting a five star review is the ending I just found it lacked that classic Hunger Games "oomph." that I love. This would be a bigger problem if this was teh final book, but I'm assuming "Catching Fire" will pick back up on Susan Collin's suspenseful masterpiece. Overall, I appreciated the book for its delicious darkness and ability to somehow retain constant suspense.
          • ellie_09
            ellie_092 months55 stars
            OMG sooo good! It is pretty gory but 👍 for older readers!
            • rosegranger13
              rosegranger133 months55 stars
              Katniss Everdeen is taken from her home to be a tribute in the deadly Hunger Games after she volunteers for her sister. She will fight her way to success...we hope. Will Katniss survive in the arena along with 23 other tributes or die?
              • pumpkinartist11
                pumpkinartist113 months33 stars
                I don't recommend this book to kids under 10 or 11. it is really big and has some scary parts.
                • moonlight2011
                  moonlight20115 days44 stars
                  i'm 10 and i read this book. it's not that scary.
                  • boonyang
                    boonyang8 days
                    I am 13.... great
                  • demigod3000
                    demigod30004 months55 stars
                    I love this book so much! I am a huge Hunger Games fan and I listen to the podcast Capitol Chatter and its and amazing way for me to get more Hunger Games content! I am team Peeta, he is just so amazing.
                    • hermione1315
                      hermione13154 months44 stars
                      I liked this book, but there are a few creepy parts and a lot of people dying. probably it is best for older kids (tweens or teens) but maybe a few younger kids could read it. I read it in late 5th grade. I love Katniss though and I have read all four books but I have not seen the movies because they are likely too scary. Still, its a great book!
                      • hermione1315
                        hermione13154 months44 stars
                        the first two books are the best but the other ones are okay too.
                      • roxanne3
                        roxanne34 months55 stars
                        I re-read the series a couple days ago and wowwwwww I almost forgot how amazing it is!! I love love love the 1st & 2nd, the 3rd I don't like too much but still enjoyed it. PLEASE read this!! The series is absolutely incredible!! Probably for more mature readers, but I won't name an age because it really depends on you. These are a must-read!!!!!!!!!! <3