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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Great read, Suitable for young adults, Interesting story
Some may be suprised by ending
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How does it compare to similar books?Excellent
How does it compare to other works by the same author?Excellent
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The Hunger Games is genuinely one of the best books I have ever read. I literally could not put it down once I started reading it; there was just too much suspense and surprise from the onset. There are so many things about this book that just shouldn’t work, but somehow they do.
Initially I thought that this was an action book but as the story progressed it started to turn into a romance novel. I was also under the impression that the story was set in a time or place completely different to our world now but I soon realised that in fact it was set in modern times complete with television sets and advanced science technology. There is such a juxtaposition of the world where the main character Katniss lives and ‘The Capitol’ where the rich people live. There should be an awful clash as Collins tries to mix two very different sorts of environments together but in fact there is an explosion of brilliant literature.
Katniss’ world reminds me of one similar to Robin Hood’s, where people hunt with arrows and kept under strict control by the Capitol. However the Capitol seems very much like the centre of a busy city, like London, with stylists and televisions and posh hotel suites. Suzanne Collins has created a twist on the popular reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ where contestants are placed inside a locked arena. The difference is twenty-four contestants go in, but only one can make it out alive. There is so much attention to detail and each and every one of the main characters are explained in full, details which many other authors would have skimmed over. What makes this book really interesting for the reader is that Collins seems to include us in it. The ‘Hunger Games’ are broadcast on screens everywhere for the general public to see and we feel like we are the ones at home watching it and cheering on for different players.
Katniss is a brilliant character as she is very aware of what the audience wants to see and makes sure that she gives it to them (and us). This is one of the most sophisticated and engaging novels I have ever read and I am sure that it will appeal to people of all ages, not just teenagers. The suspense is continuous throughout the book, right until the very end, and it leaves the reader wanting to know more about Katniss and her story. There is even the suggestion of a love triangle between her and two other characters.
The reader assumes that at the end of The Hunger Games the worst is over for our protagonist but in actual fact it may be just beginning. Katniss has done something that no one else has ever dared to do, and has made the Capitol look like fools. This book definitely leaves you begging for more and excited for the next two books that make up this trilogy.
Suzanne Collins extraordinary, worldwide-bestselling trilogy has captivated readers and ... more
listeners around the world. In anticipation of the major motion picture release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part I," the Hunger Games trilogy is now available in a special edition MP3-CD collection. The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay This collection includes all three novels in striking new packaging, as well as special features such as: An exclusive interview with author Suzanne Collins! Collector s edition packaging which features the mockingjay symbol from each of the books. Three window-cling decals each one containing the mockingjay symbol and a well-known quote from the books. Great for sticking to laptops, tablets, and more! 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 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 regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. 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. "
The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and ... more
Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in a beautiful boxset edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!