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The Hunger Games: when reality TV is deadly

Advantageseasy to read, largely sympathetic central characters, interesting premise

Disadvantagesnot particularly memorable or distinctive

"...at least a few of the more popular YA books, which is why I originally read Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games'. Recently a friend was lending out her box set of the trilogy and I felt vaguely inspired to read it again as preparation for reading the subsequent two books. Revealingly, my friend noted that I should feel free to keep the box set, as she had no particular desire to receive it back... Appetite duly unwhetted, the set then sat on my bookshelves ..." Read review

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The hunger games Diamond review Review with images

AdvantagesFascinating premise - filled with suspense


"...Wickedinrock's review some time ago. The movie was released and I resisted the temptation to go and view it before reading the book. The premise sounded unique and fascinating in the first instance but since all the hype it has had recently I knew I had to get around to reading this one. ===Short synopsis...=== The world as we know it has changed dramatically after periods of freak weather, the outcome is a population that is segregated into 12 districts ..." Read review

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Leaving me hungry

Advantagesit sets up the next two books which are great

Disadvantageskatniss is annoying, the content is a little shallow at times

"...of control. Since Iíve finished the last GoT related book, I started looking for the books in the pile that would seem to be a bit of fluff so I can get through them quickly and reduce the pile a little. Obviously that wasnít my only motivation for wanting to read them, but thatís how I chose what I would start with. After whizzing through a short story, another set of books caught my eye: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. ===Collins explains ..." Read review

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This will have you hungering for more. Review with images

AdvantagesGreat characters, a inspiring female protagonist and gripping storytelling.

DisadvantagesAny comparisons with Twilight. Lets stop comparing any new romance with that blasted novel.

"...into 12 districts, it forms the land of Panem and is ruled by an oppressive government called the Capitol. The ultra-futuristic Capitol is a despotic seat of power and indulgence. Whilst the Capitol residents fuss over their lives of luxury and up and coming fashions, citizens within the districts work hard and struggle to get by, some dying of starvation in the streets. To add to their suffering, each year the Capitol holds its annual ĎHunger ..." Read review

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Forget the Olympic games, read The Hunger games

AdvantagesBeautifully conceived and executed plot by a very gifted author

DisadvantagesYou will need to buy the next two in the series to get the whole story

"...of this book by dawnymarie, the review was so good I bought the first book (In a series of three) on Kindle straight away and subsequently read all three books in the series within four days. Suzanne Collins is an amazing writer and the plot is so interesting that I found it really difficult to stop reading. The stories are aimed at young adults, but at the age of 32 (A young adult by no means) I found that this book, and the two that come after, ..." Read review

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The Hunger Games: Kill or be killed...

AdvantagesGreat characters, wonderful storyline, gripping

Disadvantagesmight not appeal to a more mature audience

"The Hunger Games is part of a trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins which was published in 2008. Collins was previously a writer for Nickelodeon working on shows like Clarissa Explains It All, amongst others, before she started to write children's books. The Hunger Games books have become some of the most popular young adult books of the last few years, all of which have become number one bestsellers. Since the release of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins ..." Read review

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A Fight To The Death

AdvantagesGreat Easy Read

DisadvantagesObvious Plot

"==Introduction:-== It was through hearing of the release of The Hunger Games film and all of the hype surrounding it back in 2010 that first made me aware of the trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins upon which the film was based. I never actually managed to get and see the film so when I saw all three of The Hunger Games books on offer at 3 for £10 in my local Asda store I couldn't help but pick them up. Despite being a series aimed mainly ..." Read review

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Hungry for More? Review with images

AdvantagesA simple yet in depth story with great emotion and feeling

DisadvantagesBeginning a little slow

"The Hunger Games Ė Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is not perhaps a book I would have picked up from the shelf and bought, or even borrowed from the library. The synopsis on the back did not really appeal to me very much, and although you can never judge a book by its cover, the cover did not in this case help the appeal. So how is it that I have come to read this book? One of my friends who is also an avid reader, kept ..." Read review

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The Hunger Games

AdvantagesAddictive, well imagined, 1st person works a treat

DisadvantagesUse of Gale, inability to put the book down!

"...books based on recommendations in the listmania section of Amazon. I was looking for more up to date recommendations, with the listmania section not seeming very lively at all, when I came across Goodreads.com. I would now call it a second home! There were many "best book" list in the listopia section of the site (actually, only one "best book" list is allowed, so they vary, such as best fantasy book, best book characters etc.) but the ..." Read review

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Hungry for more? You bet I am.

Advantageswell constructed plot, very 3 dimensional characters, fast paced, lots of suspense.

Disadvantagesended a bit anti-climatically for me.

"I'm not normally the sort of person who gets dragged along into the latest craze for the sake of it, preferring to make up my own mind whether I think something is good or not. It takes me a little while to even become aware that something is a trend, so unsurprisingly, the 2008 novel 'The Hunger Games' had largely passed me by until I started seeing regular television adverts for the recent film adaptation, and reviews started appearing. I decided ..." Read review

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The Brilliant Games

AdvantagesExcellent concepts, plot and characters. Suspenseful narrative keeps you reading.


"Ok, due to the movie adaptation of this hugely popular book recently hitting cinemas itís hard for people to avoid mention of ĎThe Hunger Gamesí. At first I was wary of the hype, worrying that the book (and therefore the movie) couldnít possibly be as good as people were claiming. Eventually my housemate who is a big fan of the series lent me the first book to read and after much procrastination (and exams- no, really!) I took the book off the ..." Read review

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The Hunger Games

AdvantagesGood story, thought provoking, easy to read

DisadvantagesMaybe a little gratuitous

"Amazonís book description: A fight to the death Ė on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winnerís prize is survival. In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games Ė where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown. When sixteen-year-old Katniss ..." Read review

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Winning will make you famous, losing means certain death

AdvantagesWhole new concept, you can't put it down

DisadvantagesThere are 3 books so fairly easy to guess the outcome of book 1

"...I hadnít actually heard of The Hunger Games until I started seeing advertising for the film. I didnít know anything about it but soon dismissed seeing it when I heard it was aimed at teenagers. I havenít really got into any of the franchises aimed at teens such as Twilight so I figured I wouldnít like The Hunger Games, but when my best friend started telling me she couldnít put the book down and it was amazing I thought I should look into it more. ..." Read review

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Hungry for Action

Advantagesexciting, page-turning, great plot, amazing characters


"The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an enthralling and sometimes disturbing book. Itís the first of a trilogy set in a dystopian future. The country of Panem is ruled from the Capitol and the citizens of twelve districts work to provide resources for the wealthy inhabitants of the Capitol. Those districts near the Capitol are fairly wealthy themselves, providing luxury goods, gems and electronic equipment. The main character of the novel, Katniss, ..." Read review

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Let the games begin!

AdvantagesAmazing all round


"== About the book == The Hunger Games is the first book in the trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It was released on 5th January 2009 by Scholastic and the book is 464 pages long. acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games which is due for release in 2012. == Plot == Set in the future, a terrifying reality TV show is about to take place. Twelve boys and twelve girls ( a boy and a girl from each district) ..." Read review

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