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The Hunger Games /
by Suzanne Collins.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.
description
374 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0439023483 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780439023481 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Book
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series title
imprint
New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.
isbn
0439023483 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780439023481 (hardcover : alk. paper)
abstract
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
catalogue key
6667645
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Bluegrass Award, USA, 2010 : Won
Book Sense Book of the Year, USA, 2009 : Nominated
California Young Reader Medal, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Garden State Teen Book Award, USA, 2011 : Won
Georgia Children's Book Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Won
Golden Sower Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Land of Enchantment Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Maine Student Book Award, USA, 2009 - 2010 : Won
Maryland Children's Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Nominated
Nevada Young Reader's Award, USA, 2010 : Won
Nutmeg Children's Book Award, USA, 2012 : Won
SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Sequoyah Book Award, USA, 2011 : Won
Teen Buckeye Book Award , USA, 2009 : Won
Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Volunteer State Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Young Hoosier Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Won
Young Reader's Choice Award, USA, 2011 : Won
First Chapter
From The Hunger Games

The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody. I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building. Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past. I've never seen that happen though.

Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone. It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs. I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff. When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly. It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour. The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones. I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose. Crying is not an option. There will be more cameras at the train station.

My sister and my mother come first. I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler. My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us. For a few minutes, we say nothing. Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them.

Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2008-11-03:
If there really are only seven original plots in the world, it's odd that "boy meets girl" is always mentioned, and "society goes bad and attacks the good guy" never is. Yet we have Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The House of the Scorpion-and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games. Collins hasn't tied her future to a specific date, or weighted it down with too much finger wagging. Rather less 1984 and rather more Death Race 2000, hers is a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It's a credit to Collins's skill at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It's no accident that these games are presented as pop culture. Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem-which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent-may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. Will its connection to reality TV, ubiquitous today, date the book? It might, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins's world, we'll be obsessed with grooming, we'll talk funny, and all our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked in front of them, strangely unembarrassed. "They're so unlike people that I'm no more self-conscious than if a trio of oddly colored birds were pecking around my feet," she thinks. In order not to hate these creatures who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets. It isn't just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what is left unanswered is the central question. Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. Readers will wait eagerly to learn more. Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor book The Thief and its sequels, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. The next book in the series will be published by Greenwillow in 2010. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-12-09:
In a far-future United States, a cruel Capitol keeps order by demanding an annual tribute for its Hunger Games, in which two contestants, a boy and a girl, are chosen by lottery from each of 12 districts to fight to the death in an event televised from an arena. Katniss Everdeen lives in what used to be Appalachia and is now called the Seam-a dirt-poor district without much hope of success in the games. Katniss volunteers in her sister's place and may just have the smarts to win. Then Peeta, the soft baker's son chosen from her same district, does something surprising. He declares his undying affection for Katniss just before they enter the arena. Is there room for friendship, loyalty, or even love when survival is on the line? Why It Is a Best: Collins's prose is merely serviceable, but she writes compelling characters and spins one terrific yarn. The premise is good to begin with, and the surprises keep coming. Why It Is for Us: In this fight to the death, the book's violence is cringe-worthy by even the most jaded standards. The exploitation of the desperate and impoverished for the entertainment of the wealthy and powerful is a theme reminiscent of Stephen King's The Long Walk or The Running Man. King himself makes the comparison in his Entertainment Weekly review of the book, saying "I couldn't stop reading."-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"{The Hunger Games} is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn’t stop reading." - Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly"I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn’t have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." - Stephenie Meyer"{B}rilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." - John Green, New York Times Book Review"{A} plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." - USA Today"Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." - Los Angeles Times"{A} superb tale" - Booklist, starred review"Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for The Hunger Games #1 New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Horn Book Fanfare A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2008 A Booklist Editors' Choice A New York Times Notable Book of 2008 A Kirkus Best Book of 2008 A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice USA Today Bestseller "[ The Hunger Games ] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading." - Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight "I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." - Stephanie Meyer "[ The Hunger Games ] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it." - Charlaine Harris "Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." - John Green, New York Times Book Review "A plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." - USA Today "Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." - Los Angeles Times "{A} superb tale" - Booklist , starred review "Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." - Publishers Weekly , starred review
This item was reviewed in:
Horn Book Magazine,
Kirkus Reviews,
USA Today, August 2008
Booklist, September 2008
Chicago Tribune, September 2008
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2008
School Library Journal, September 2008
USA Today, October 2008
Voice of Youth Advocates, October 2008
Publishers Weekly, November 2008
San Francisco Chronicle, November 2008
Washington Post, November 2008
Library Journal, December 2008
Los Angeles Times, December 2008
Wall Street Journal, June 2009
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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Summaries
Library of Congress Summary
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Main Description
A chilling tale of survival from the New York Times bestselling author. 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 other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. 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 impoverished 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. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
Main Description
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
Main Description
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 other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. 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 impoverished 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. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
Main Description
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 other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. 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 impoverished 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. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Collector's Edition Features:- Slipcase with gold foil- New cover art- Original novel with cloth coverand deckled edges
Main Description
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Main Description
Reality TV meets Lord of the Flies. Every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. Watched by the entire nation, this is action-packed reality TV at its most exciting - and most dangerous. Katniss Everdeen has grown up struggling to save the people close to her. Now she faces the biggest challenge of all - the fi ght for her life. Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
Main Description
The acclaimed author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.
Table of Contents
From The Hunger Games
The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody
I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building
Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past
I've never seen that happen though
Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone
It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs
I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff
When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly
It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour
The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones
I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose
Crying is not an option
There will be more cameras at the train station
My sister and my mother come first
I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler
My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us
For a few minutes, we say nothing
Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them
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