The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Audiobook CD - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, p2008
ISBN: 9780545091022
0545091020
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 11 hrs., 11 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: McCormick, Carolyn

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 30, 2017

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are two good friends who participate in an annual challenge called the Hunger Games. The rules of the game are 1 person has to remain alive while the others are dead. You pretty much have to kill one another and try to be the last one standing. In this book, it will be hard to try to work together and build friendships because anyone can easily turn on your back and kill you. It is very competitive and there are 12 participants in this game, 1 from each of the 12 districts. There can only be one champion, even if there are 2 or more participants form the same district. 
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Hunger Games is a fan favourite amongst many YA dystopian novels. The story follows 16 year-old Katniss, who volunteers to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, a twisted game that controls the Districts. The premise of the book follows other media with similar settings and rules, such as Battle Royale. Nonetheless, the plot is compelling and the story is driven along by many little events that all escalate into a well thought out grand finale. The characters are a bit lacking, but interesting to read about, seeing the different personalities between the main and supporting characters as well as the main antagonist. Overall, the Hunger Games is an entertaining read and has an interesting premise, as well as a sequel which is also worth checking out. 
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

The Hunger Games is one of the most popular and influential science fiction novels of the modern day. The Hunger Games is the thrilling tale of a young woman named Katniss Everdeen who participates in a game to the death, where teenagers are pulled from 12 districts in a post-apocalyptic nation to bring honour to their district and win.
This Hunger Games novel is home to an original setting with a unique and dark plot that not just anyone would even think of. The author, Suzanne Collins, created a twisted, dystopian, science fiction universe full of death, inequality, and betrayal, and it is nothing but absolutely thrilling. The way that Katniss, a bright and intelligent heroine, navigates her way through the system of this world to rise on top is thrilling as she uses her physical and mental abilities to her advantage over and over again. I loved this because Katniss is such an empowering female character who consistently stands for what she believes in and fights for justice and equality, which is both inspiring and exhilarating. She gives into nothing and no one which adds to the thrill of the novel which carries out all the way through.
It is a thrilling but ultimately gruesome story that is aimed at teenage and mature young adult audiences. The story itself when I read it was unpredictable and always left you guessing just what the society had in store for the participants of the Hunger games, as each challenge was more exciting and complex than the last. I enjoy progressive thrill within a novel and the Hunger games provided just that.
I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars
- @AllegroReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I liked reading “The Hunger Games” but I didn’t love it. This book was amazingly written, has an inspiring heroine and overall deserves recognition, despite any flaws. Katniss Everdeen's sister has been chosen to compete in the annual hunger games but Katniss volunteers herself to protect her sister. The character development of Katniss Everdeen is brilliant. She’s a fierce, independent woman and the scenes develop her character really well. However, I think the hunger games event held every year is absolutely disgusting, unnecessary and brutal. I didn’t enjoy the battles, romance, or danger. Unfortunately, this book is based on it and there’s nothing I can do about that. The setting was a good choice for this book and the anti-violent message was clear. I would recommend reading “The Hunger Games” for ages 12+. 4/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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luxedystopia
Aug 02, 2017

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CMLibrary_hswierc Jan 13, 2016

I really enjoyed listening to this book on my commute to and from work. The narrator (Carolyn McCormick) was successful in verbally representing and distinguishing all of the characters.

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resisam
Sep 04, 2015

This is an amazing, well-written story. Characterization, world building and pacing is perfect. Highly recommend for anyone who is into dystopic fiction.

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haloreach12
Aug 22, 2015

The Hunger games original book, was the book that started it all for me in terms of being a huge fan of both the movie series and book series. This book written by Suzanne Collins was written amazingly. The story focused on the districts and the injustice they faced from the powerful Capitol. It had the brilliant idea of showing that all twelve districts would have to send 2 adolescents aged between 12-18 one girl and one boy, it was truly amazing discovering that these tributes would have to fight for their lives during the Games. The story focused on Katniss Everdeen a brave girl from district 12. She was portrayed as a strong character that would do anything to protect her family. It showed how she resented the Capitol for what they did to the districts. Her character is my personal favorite in the franchise. This is due to her being the main character and looking at the book from her conflicted point of view. We get to see her teaming up with fellow district 12 tribute Peeta Mellark. They make a great team initially but we are lead to believe that the two character's will betray one another some time during the games. This is the first book in the trilogy. The book portrays the difficulties of having to provide for your family, for living in a dictatorship government, as well as the struggles in having to kill someone you have known for a long time. If you are interested in fantasy books that leave you wanting to read every single word, than this is the book for you. Suzanne Collins, the author of this book does a wonderful job showing the personality and characteristics of each major character such as Gale, Haymitch, Effie, etc. As someone who has read this book and it's second and third books I recommend you to read all three books in this series. because once you read the first book, you wont be able to wait until you can read the second and last book in this series.

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lorenarosati
Aug 08, 2015

one of my favourite books. it was amazing!

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nadinevmoss
Jun 22, 2015

Loved this book!

PImaLib_EvaO May 04, 2015

I loved listening to this book. Lots of Action, adventure and romance!

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ElectricMayhem
Jan 10, 2015

Will make you want to sit in your car to continue listening as teens fight to the death in a reality show that bolsters the power of the central government

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Oct 29, 2012

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Jul 20, 2011

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navy_wolf_317
Nov 28, 2015

"I volunteer! I volunteer as a tribute!" -Kstniss Everdeen

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ACTING13
Jul 13, 2013

" ladies and gentlemen let me present to you the winners of the 74th annual hunger games.
Katness Everdeen and peeta malark."

"Let the Seventy-Fourth Annual Hunger Games Begin!"

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Farifroggy
Jul 20, 2011

"Katniss! The girl who was on fire!"

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Farifroggy
Jul 20, 2011

Coarse Language: uh, they mention the word 'breast' a couple times

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Farifroggy
Jul 20, 2011

Violence: YES! SOOOOOO much killing, gory, fighting! OMG!!!!

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Farifroggy
Jul 20, 2011

Sexual Content: mmmm... Peeta and Katniss kiss a MILLION times!

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vippolito
Jun 29, 2015

The Hunger Games is a thrilling novel with romance, action, and suspense. Go through the journey of the 74th annual Hunger Games with Katniss Everdeen and her new-found friends.

Smilepuppies Aug 12, 2012

katniss volunteers to save her sister. by doing so, she essentially is committing suicide because only 1 person survives out of 24. she trains and eventually kills everyone who wants to kill her. Then she does something to defy the government and President Snow gets so upset, he tries to kill her in the next book.

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