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This Special Edition of The Hunger Games includes the most extensive interview Suzanne Collins has given since the publication of The. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. The novel is the first in The Hunger Games trilogy, followed by Catching Fire () and Mockingjay (). . In March , site announced that Collins had become the best-selling site ebook author of all time. An audiobook.
As an older teen and in Panem with barely-enough money for her family to live off of, and with her father killed in an accident while at work, she is someone many readers look up to. She loves her sister and mother endlessly.
She is very strong, whether it's for herself, Peeta, Gale, Prim, or even the whole country mainly in Mockingjay. Not to mention her unmatched talent of archery, which she looks incredibly bad ass doing. Unlike some heroines, she does not make selfish, annoying, irrational, or stupid decisions, because she is neither of those.
The beautiful Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss perfectly in the movies. He's practically an angel who got the raw end of a deal. In the first book, he is the innocent view spoiler [half of the famous star-crossed lovers. With his declarations of love, marriage, and pregnancy, hide spoiler ] and he could not have been any cuter. Yet, I may have cried non-stop at the cliff-hanger end of Catching Fire and throughout Mockingjay.
I cannot possibly name all the characters and my opinions of them in this review, but they all have some sort of impact on you and your own opinion of reading this trilogy.
I love most of them, for they have changed my life for eternity. Katniss and Gale I hate Gale with a passion though I have nothing against Liam Hemsworth, 'cause he's smoking hot , so we are not even going to discuss this. I gagged when I attatched the gif above this, and I cannot possibly look at it any more. Katniss and Peeta "And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don't want him to die.
And it's not about the sponsors.
And it's not about what will happen when we get home. And it's not just that I don't want to be alone.
It's him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread. It's obvious. No explanation needed. They're just shamelessly perfect for each other. If you are looking for a series filled with physical romance, this is not that book, though it does have its moments.
This consists more of the deep, emotional love that pairs in this trilogy feel for each other. It will make your heart tighten. This series is a must.
You will love it till the end of your days. It deserves an infinite number of stars. The amount of action, romance, heart-break, and inspiration in this trilogy is unforgettable. Have a box of tissues at the ready, because this is a definite tear-jerker. There will be emotional pain being felt throughout the series, so prepare your soul. Try to refrain from throwing your copy of this series at the wall nearest you-you may have to download a new one, and not all books are cheap.
Attempt to refrain from yelling and cursing Suzanne Collins when in public. Suzanne Collins is a goddess given to us from above-she deserves to be loved. And no screaming in public. It causes a scene. That is something you do in private. Save your money to download any and all Hunger Games merchandise. It is not always cheap, but it is always necessary with this trilogy. And may the odds be ever in your favor. View all 4 comments.
Jan 18, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gladiatorial The Hunger Games Trilogy is quite understandably one of the greatest successes in young adult fiction over the last decade. The concept seems to have really appealed to our sense of injustice from a tyrannical ruler and gladiatorial games full of horror, suspense and survival. The totalitarian political and social structure that exists creates the perfect dystopian environment to give someone hope of moving from a subjugated existence where people are governed frugally and ruthlessly Gladiatorial The Hunger Games Trilogy is quite understandably one of the greatest successes in young adult fiction over the last decade.
The totalitarian political and social structure that exists creates the perfect dystopian environment to give someone hope of moving from a subjugated existence where people are governed frugally and ruthlessly, to one of abundance and freedom.
While watching and participating in the games also keeps the populace distracted from the harsh realities of life. Societies are split into 12 zones each responsible for delivering key societal needs such as coal, food, military etc. From each zone a male and female will be selected to participate in the Hunger Games which continue until only one competitor remains alive, to be declared the winner. The idea of the games are highly ingenious and appeal to our morbid fascination of duelling to the death.
The games allow us to root for an underdog as long as we can draw empathy towards that person or persons. Off the bat, we connect to Katniss Everdeen as she jumps in to take the place of her younger sister and represent district 12 along with Peeta. Suzanne Collins does a wonderful job of creating these 2 characters with very different characteristics and talents. Katniss starts to become more of a thinker and an icon, and Peeta is a strategist who later has to wrestle with psychological indoctrination.
There is a strange bond between them and we watch how this develops and transitions across the trilogy. Sooner or later a people will rise up and challenge the state the Capitol and the end of the trilogy deals with this scenario. This political theme and uprising aren't as well dealt with as the excitement of the games themselves and I found the third book Mockingjay the weakest of the trilogy.
It was satisfying that Katniss was also delivering and representing something much greater than her own issues to bring deeper meaning to the plot.
It is so imaginative, adventurous and climactic, on a book by book basis, that it is very easy to highly recommend the trilogy. View all 6 comments. Apr 19, Gary the Bookworm rated it really liked it Shelves: I finished reading the entire trilogy in three days so I guess it captured something in me.
Although it's touted as a book for young readers there is something here for everyone. The story is told in the first person by Katniss who unwittingly becomes the "Mockingjay" a hybrid bird that becomes the symbol of revolution as the story enfolds. She is an extraordinary literary concoction, a clueless adolescent who morphs into a mythical huntress without ever losing the voice of a troubled teenager, I finished reading the entire trilogy in three days so I guess it captured something in me.
She is an extraordinary literary concoction, a clueless adolescent who morphs into a mythical huntress without ever losing the voice of a troubled teenager, a sort of female Holden Caulfield impersonating Robin Hood. Like all good dystopian fiction, the world created here is enough like our own to seem not only plausible, but inevitable, if we can't get our house in order.
Archetypes abound and at the center of it all is Katniss, an unforgettable heroic force who has to battle against overwhelming odds before she is able to attend to her own happiness. I can fully understand why these three books are flying off the shelves.
View all 28 comments. Dec 10, Seth T. To start things off right, a quote from Hunger Games. Had it been her last? Katniss has been confronted with a girl who had her tongue cut off as punishment and remembers seeing her years earlier just as she was caught.
According to memory, as the girl was dragged away, she screamed. Now years later and in the present, Katniss wonders: We'll get back to this and what i To start things off right, a quote from Hunger Games.
We'll get back to this and what it tells us about Suzanne Collins. To start things another way, I'll admit this: I had no interest in Hunger Games until, upon hearing someone actually describe it, I thought: That sounds like an American rip-off of Battle Royale. I mean, what's not to love, right? So Suzanne Collins basically takes this idea and expands it and tries to give the story a more plausible explanation.
In the movie, the Japanese government televises the BR in order to, get this, quell youth violence in the country. I know, right? Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic North America. There is the ruling State, the Capitol, and there are the thirteen vanquished American colonies districts or twelve since one has been destroyed. For the last seventy-four years, the Capitol has demanded the sacrifice of a teenage boy and a teenage girl from each district to remind the districts annually of how miserably their rebellion failed and to keep them mindful of how absolutely the Capitol rules every aspect of their lives.
I don't know, but this strikes me as being only slightly more sensible than the Battle Royale justification. Apparently government officials in the future are as dumb as they are today. In any case, the beauty is that these two sacrifices from each of the twelve remaining districts are not just killed outright, like on an altar atop a stone ziggurat Aztec-style. No, that would be too easy. Instead, they fight in televised survival games inexplicably called the Hunger Games.
These are wildly popular like I'm told Survivor or American Idol used to be , especially with the Capitol crowd and contestants take on a form of celebrity and their stylists are princes and princesses among men. District 12 is the loser District. Katniss is a hunter advantage and Peeta is a baker's son disadvantage. And since Peets has had a massive, sad, stalker-crush on Kats since they were, like, five, he is determined to keep her alive forever.
Interesting dynamic when, Highlander -style, there can be only one. This is basically the same thing that happened in Battle Royale , so it was a comfy place to be. Seeing how Katniss is going to get out of one scrape after another is exciting and the three books are compelling enough reading that I finished the whole thing in about nine days. And by "about nine days," I probably really just mean ten days. As demonstrated in the above, the writing's not fantastic by any stretch.
Collins suffers from a typical need to over-dramatize, to the point where irrational things are treated sensibly. I only compare them because they both occupy that meta-genre of light, compulsive reads that others may better know as Summer Reading. And yet, here we are in December! Regardless, I was several nights up far past my bedtime letting Collins plot have its way with me.
And for the most part, I really enjoyed the experience. There were very few lulls, most of which occurred in the first fifteen percent of books two and three as they tried to recover from the burst of excitement that capped off the immediate predecessor.
The mediocre writing is entirely forgivable simply because the books not about that. Hunger Games is almost pure plot, so that's really all we should be expecting from it. Still, there were two major difficulties I ran into while reading. The first is that the narration's kind of a cheat. Collins tells her story in the first-person present, meaning that we are supposedly getting new information at the same rate as Katniss is.
Yet, the things this largely clueless girl chooses to report lead one to believe that she has future knowledge. She drops a ton of hints about the importance of the mockingjay, is constantly reminding us that she's wearing her mockingjay pin, and won't stop narrating about how the bird or its image is showing up everywhere.
As a reader, we pick up that this is massively significant because she beats us over the head with it , but since Katniss in the present she's narrating doesn't realize that, there's no reason for her to continue to point it out.
That would be like you telling me about your day and stopping every five minutes to remind me that you're wearing your Chuck Taylor's and then after three months of this, Chuck Taylor's suddenly become sentient, rebel against humanity, and then install you as their king. Unlikely, at best. So narrator-Katniss knows everything while narrated-Katniss doesn't. It's a poor choice. Collins almost certainly chose the first-person present because it builds tension FPpresent is a standard usage in thrillers , but she wanted to be able to use things like heavy foreshadowing, which can only honestly be done in first-person past tense or in the third person.
With FPpast, you're almost assured that the narrator survives the climax save for narration from the after-life , so you're missing the kind of tension and intimacy that the present tense can deliver. Third person stories leave any character open to plot-driven dismissal, but they lack the immediacy and intimacy of the first-person. The second is less tangible but perhaps the more serious offense. At this point, things may get vaguely spoiler-y so those who haven't read the books yet may wish to skip the following paragraphs and just end the review here.
So then, in comics, a trend has been noticed. It's been going as Women-in-Refrigerators syndrome for lack of a more exciting term. Essentially, it describes authors' propensity to abusively use female characters to prompt character development in male protagonists. The bottom line is that it doesn't pay to be a female character in superheroland because you'll inevitably wind up raped, maimed, tortured in a sexy way!
Of course, in the male-dominated world of the superhero, female associations are one of the hero's greatest weaknesses and the best way to really stick it to him. Since the lead of Hunger Games is a teenage female, in order to commit a similar abuse, Collins can't just use other male and female associations to give Katniss the gut-wrenching motivation she needs.
So then, what is frail in comparison to a teenage girl. Specifically, little, sweet girls. Collins uses little girls twice once in Book One and once in Book Three to give her protagonist a human side that is otherwise unseen. Collins realizes that her hero is just a little too cold and too distant and so she must find a way to get the reader to sympathize with her. She puts forth a sweet little girl whom you'll come to find endearing and wise and beautiful and in need of protection from the dirty, cruel world that Collins has crafted and, of course, what's more painful than watching that little girl be destroyed for the sake of a melodramatic tug at one's heartstrings.
Kat cries and does something heartfelt and we think of her as human again. At least for a little while. And then we realize that this was the entire purpose for this character in the scope of Collins story and then we feel abused. These were never meant to be character; they were always only a means to humanizing a character that Collins didn't have the chops to humanize in a more talented way.
I was a bit grumpy when Collins used the tactic in Book One, but when it reared up again in Book Three, the books became thoroughly diminished in my eyes. I felt abused by Collins' contrivances. For this reason, I lower what would have been meta-genre in mind a four-star book series down to three. It's still good and worth the read unless you have more important stuff on deck , but Collins disrespect for both her characters and her readers lessens their value. Suzanne Collins should not be allowed to name anything.
Not books, not characters, and certainly not real-life children. The one bit of silver lining here is that thankfully, this almost assures us that in four years we won't be babysitting a gaggle of brats named Peeta—apparently Bella was uncommonly common after the Twilight wave surged. View all 21 comments. Apr 20, Stephan rated it it was amazing. Amongst the few book I read after seeing the movie part 1 and I must say I liked having those extravagant pictures in my mind while enjoying the whole story.
It was a very compelling ride! It was the first series I'd read in ages and got me really hooked to books again - so for that alone I am very grateful.
The story was always gripping, didn't have slow parts and I was involved from start to beginning. I empathized with the characters e Amongst the few book I read after seeing the movie part 1 and I must say I liked having those extravagant pictures in my mind while enjoying the whole story.
I empathized with the characters easily. I'm realizing only now that my smartphone's notification sound is Rue's whistle - and I read the series 2 years ago! I don't specifically watch out for the Young Adult genre, being over 40 myself, so I decided on reading this after having liked the movie and didn't mind at all.
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It has happened to me since that I only realized a book to be YA afterwards. I find myself ignoring this categorization. View 1 comment. Book releases: Hunger Games , Catching Fire , Mockingjay, part 1 in and Mockingjay part 2 in I wanted to sit down and figure out the math of it and I figure 7 years. Between books and movies, I have about 7 years of my life invested into The Hunger Games. I picked up the first book the year it was released in I had been on a kick where, after diving into the Twilight series don't judge me, ok you can Book releases: I had been on a kick where, after diving into the Twilight series don't judge me, ok you can judge a little I was not quite sure how to transverse myself in this new world of YA I had recently discovered.
So, I was following Stephanie Meyer tree of trust here on her blog and she would give recommendations of books she was currently reading. She basically gave Hunger Games a drop everything and read this, read this now shoutout. So, being the lemming I was, I did. And my life was never the same. These books really resited my love for reading and the anticipation of waiting a year between releases, I think, really trapped me in this new fangirl universe.
Not since Harry Potter, which I first read as an adult-in my early twenties, had I been so enamored in a book world.
My realities blurring in that fantastical way only true readers understand. I was hooked, so before each new release, I of course would reread all books out to date.
Before Catching Fire's release in , I reread Hunger. Then of course, when the movies were released, the rereads again commenced. Well at least for movie 1, Hunger Games, release in and movie 2, Catching Fire release in That would be two more rereads of all three books. Seeing the pattern here?
Now, I did not reread before the Mockinjay movie releases, part 1 in and tonight's release of Mockingjay part 2 in The reason behind this being some events in my life in to now that simply altered my But that's another post for another time. So, if my math is correct, from to , then 7 years. And I share because I know my fellow bibliophiles have read this in its entirety and understand.
So, happy reading. Who knows, maybe that next book you pick up might be the next 7 years of your life. View all 8 comments. I had settled down to write a glowing, gushing review that would make the idiots people who haven't read this, drop everything and get their hands on this one and bask in the glow that is Katniss Everdeen.
Yep, you read that right. As good as the plot, the writing and everything else is, the protagonist Katniss, outshines them all effortlessly. She is brave, courageous and strong, oh so strong. So, anyway, about the review: Just imagine all the things that blow-you-away, that make you cry, that make you laugh, that make you love, that give a warm glow to your heart, that make you smile through your tears, that make your heart ache, that make you want to be a better person and combine all of them.
The result: The Hunger Games Trilogy.
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View all 9 comments. A dystopian 'Lord of the Flies' - loved it!! Thank you, Suzanne Collins, for a well-written YA novel. View all 7 comments. Apr 21, kartik narayanan rated it it was ok. Spoilers ahead. Listen to the review of The Hunger Games series. The new podcast from Digital Amrit is available on Anchor or read the text at Digital Amrit Introduction It has been a long time since I read fiction and I read quite slowly and take only a little time each day for reading.
So, my husband suggested this series to me. And now here is my take on all three books. I will go through each book, present its storyline and what I felt about each book and conclude with my opinion on the entire s Spoilers ahead. I will go through each book, present its storyline and what I felt about each book and conclude with my opinion on the entire series. If you have not read the books or watched the movies, beware of spoilers! Let's start with the first book The Hunger Games. Her sister Primrose, who is 12 years old, is chosen as the girl tribute to represent their District in the hunger games, where the tributes fight each other to death.
These gamemakers are at liberty to make the Games deadly for the tributes so that they are entertaining for the audience. The story is about how Katniss and Peeta, the boy tribute of District 12, play the Hunger Games and emerge as victors. Katniss is portrayed as a tough girl, who loves her sister Prim more than anyone or anything. She would rather tell the truth because she cannot lie convincingly. As a sharp contrast to Katniss, Peeta is the nice guy who does not care much about winning the game.
He has the power of speech and spontaneity with which he sweeps people off their feet. Dec 27, David rated it really liked it. Things I heard about this trilogy before reading it: As a result, I read the books with these things in mind.
I can say I understand why people would say those things, but I also take is Things I heard about this trilogy before reading it: I can say I understand why people would say those things, but I also take issue with why people would say those things. Why would people say those things?
Because they are reading for entertainment, and expected an engaging plot with relatable characters and themes that would take them on a journey to another world. These books made the rounds through the ranks of those who were brought into the fold of readers by the success of Harry Potter, and that's the golden standard of what a story should be to them.
The focus in the Potter books is on the plot and the characters' journey and growth through it all, and though they explore some mature themes, that element is used more as a storytelling device to drive character growth and plot development, and is only slipped in once the reader is enthralled by the world of the books and the characters within. In contrast, The Hunger Games trilogy is not about Katniss, Gale, and Peeta, and their adventures in the land of Panem, and should not be read as such.
This is where people get confused in their reactions to the books, and those who focus on the plot and characters as if they were reading another Harry Potter often give up reading due to taking offense at the content and events of the books.
Instead of the characters and plot being the focus, they are merely vessels for exploring the presented themes. Like other dystopias, the plot and characters are only vessels for exploring the themes, which is what the trilogy is really about.
The Hunger Games trilogy is about exploitation and manipulation including propaganda , class warfare, human suffering, and many other morally gray areas that people in general find it difficult to cope with and discuss. The books ask questions about the morality of war, crime, and punishment.
They don't dodge the reality of death and loss, which comes even to those who try to do everything they can to prevent it. They explore many facets of human imperfection and how they translate into life. The reader is reading about Katniss, and not thinking deeply about the themes being presented. If you had to end the series somewhere easy for Katniss, then yeah, just the first book would probably be best.
Aside from that, life appears to be back to normal. Except it isn't if you've been paying attention. How could life possibly ever be fine again for this young girl tortured and forced into murder by her government because she wanted to protect her little sister? There's a horde of deep moral questions raised that aren't resolved when the 1st book ends. If the reader was reading for the plot, they didn't notice or care for these, and the only question left is "who does Katniss end up with in the end?
The irony of it all is that someone reading these books with the mindset of needing to know what happens next is put in the position of comparing themselves to the citizens of the Capitol watching the televised games! This ties into the "they get less enjoyable as they go on" experience as well.
The themes come more and more to the forefront as the story progresses, and someone reading for the plot will definitely not enjoy so much death, confusion, and pain. They are reading for an escape, and do not want to be forced to think of the implications of such things. As for the very ending, notice how I said ending after the first book would be "easy" for Katniss, but didn't say it would be best.
The ending is perfect, really. Yeah, it is definitely sad that happened after all of that pain and suffering, but would Katniss have made the choice to do what she did if that hadn't happened? Everyone's always watching you, scrutinizing your clothes or your friends and obsessing over whether you're having sex or taking drugs or getting good enough grades, but no one cares who you really are or how you really feel about anything.
Donald Brake from The Washington Times and pastor Andy Langford state that the story has Christian themes, such as that of self-sacrifice , which is found in Katniss' substitution for her younger sister, analogous to the sacrifice of Jesus as a substitute for the atonement of sins.
After writing the novel, Collins signed a six-figure deal for three books with Scholastic. The novel is the first in The Hunger Games trilogy ; it is followed by sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay In March , during the time of The Hunger Games film's release, Scholastic reported 26 million Hunger Games trilogy books in print, including movie tie-in books.
Suzanne Collins is the first children's or young adult author to sell over one million site site ebooks, making her the sixth author to join the "site Million Club". An audiobook version of The Hunger Games was released in December Read by the actress Carolyn McCormick , it has a total running time of eleven hours and fourteen minutes.
However, she may rely too much on the strength of the prose without providing the drama young adult listeners often enjoy. The Tim O'Brien -designed cover features a gold " mockingjay " — a fictional bird in The Hunger Games born by crossbreeding female mockingbirds and genetically engineered male " jabberjays " — with an arrow engraved in a circle.
The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips. The Hunger Games has received critical acclaim. In a review for The New York Times , John Green wrote that the novel was "brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced", and that "the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins's convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine.
He gave the book a B grade. The Hunger Games is amazing. The Hunger Games received many awards and honors. At that point, it was mentioned to me, and I asked my editor if I should read it. He said: Just continue with what you're doing'. In March , Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a co-production agreement for The Hunger Games with Nina Jacobson 's production company Color Force, which had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the novel a few weeks earlier.
Twenty-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence was chosen to play Katniss Everdeen. Catching Fire , based on the second novel in the series, was released the following year on November 22, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Hunger Games North American first edition cover. See also: The Hunger Games universe. Main article: The Hunger Games film.
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Retrieved June 6, I can't express how much I loved this trilogy! As soon as I finished the first ebook I immediately downloadd the second on my site and ditto to finishing the second! I recommended it to another friend who read the entire trilogy in a weekend! It is so moving, the author does a fantastic job to pull you into the story, you are in the arena, fighting with the other tributes.
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You fall in love with MOST of the characters ; I recommend this ebook, not only for its category of "young adults" but for someone of any age. For the first time ever all these golden materials are available to the general public.Catching Fire is actually pretty good.
Going against one of the major rules of good writing, Mockingjay is an exercise in telling instead of showing. With FPpast, you're almost assured that the narrator survives the climax save for narration from the after-life , so you're missing the kind of tension and intimacy that the present tense can deliver.
Now years later and in the present, Katniss wonders: Yes he is handsome and had more kisses given and taken, but I have so much anger towards him.
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