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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is an annual event in the nation of Panem.  One girl and boy from each of the twelve districts is chosen each year.  If your name is drawn, you must compete in the Hunger Games, a battle to the death.  There is only one victor.  Katniss Everdeen volunteers to save her sister, meaning almost certain death.  Will Katniss emerge from the arena victorious, or go down as simply another dead tribute of the Hunger Games?

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)
submitted by Hannah A, age 13
(May 3, 2010 - 8:40 pm)

Could you be more specific? Because I want to know more about the book.

submitted by Acelin E., age 11, Missouri
(May 13, 2010 - 5:51 pm)

The Hunger Games, as posted is a "game" to the death. There are two contestants (one boy and one girl) picked kind of like a raffle from each of the 12 districts. The people who enjoy watching the Games are from the Capital, they have everything while the districts each have their own function to serve the Capital like growing crops, or mining in the district Katniss is from. Her father died in a mine explosion.There are strict restrictions in the districts, and horrible consequences. (click to see more if you're seeing the trimmed version of this comment)

It's hard to make a living and feed hungry families in Katniss' district, 12. There is a choice you can make that gives you a meeger supply of food and fuel for a while, but your name must be put into the Hunger Games raffle more times. Katniss and her friend Gale do this for their whole families. Your name gets put in once when you turn 12 years old, and one more additional entry for every year after until you're 18 years old.

The book starts off when it's the day of the drawing. I forget what that day is called, but it has a specific name. When Katniss' 12 year old sister is picked for the Games, Katniss volunteers herself to save her sister. This means she will most certainly die, for there are 23 other contestants, each with their own skills learned over the years, partly depending on what their district does for the Capital (planting crops, fishing etc.). Some even train their whole lives for the Games. Katniss is an excellent hunter, specifically in archery, and is knowledgable of plants. By the way, the boy chosen is the baker's son, Peeta. He once did a favor for her, and was punished. They both remember, but don't think the other does. When they go into (preporation for) the Games they pretend to be a couple for the publicity...but are they really pretending?

I hope this was enough info. The Hunger Games is an awesome book.

submitted by Mahli K, age 12, Vermont
(November 6, 2010 - 10:47 pm)

Hannah, wasn't it such a great book?! I couldn't put it down. I was so sad when I finished it so I immedietly had to go get the second one. Have you read it? It is called Catching Fire. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it was a bit slow in the beginning but, it was worth it. I have just recently finished the third one, Mockingjay. I am very depressed now that I have finished it. I don't think I will ever find another book as good as that one.

submitted by Victoria W., age 13, Amarillo, TX
(September 5, 2010 - 10:50 am)

I have read those two as well. Aren't they awesome? Suzanne Colins is an amazing author. I hope she keeps on writing. For those who aren't sure, try it! I wasn't that interested, now it's one of my favorite trilogies!

submitted by Kimberly, age 13, the world
(May 1, 2011 - 8:49 am)

I read the whole series. The first two books were great but Mockingjay was kind of depressing.

submitted by Lauren B., age 11 yrs, Richmond, BC
(September 6, 2010 - 5:19 pm)

I was really excited to read Mockingjay but then my friend Ema just had to go and spoil it for me like she does every book I want to read that she already has.

SPOILER  ALERT: First of all she told me Prim dies then she just went right ahead and read me the epilogue, without even asking. I tried to plug my ears but she has a naturally loud voice. I'm still reading Mockingjay though.  (annoyed/dissapointed/mad) Undecided

submitted by Kendall, age 10, Seattle, WA
(November 16, 2010 - 8:16 pm)

I just finished reading Mockingjay today! I started crying on the parachute part. Why do authors always do that to my favorite characters? Rue, Thresh, Prim, Cinna. Seriously? And in PJO. Luke, Silena, Zoe, Bianca, Beckendorf, Ethan. *Sigh

submitted by Catnip ;), age 12, Earth
(October 31, 2010 - 7:54 pm)

I love The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but Mockingjay was really sad.




I CANNOT believe that Finnick dies!!!!! and Prim and Rue and like, everyone else!! How could she do that? And why is Katniss so self-centered??? All she does in Mockingjay is sit around injured and do nothing!!!! I liked Catching Fire a ton better! But it is really sad. Mockingjay made me cry. The only reason I would read it is to finish the series. I feel like Suzanne Collins was rushed into finishing the book and it is not high-quality literature. 

I recommend Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood. It is an awesome book and you HAVE to read it!! 












submitted by Shoshanna, age 13, Connecticut, US
(November 5, 2010 - 2:35 pm)

FINNICK! I seriously started crying when he died. I swear, I am like, in love with him and she just had to kill him off!

submitted by Heather A., age 12
(February 25, 2011 - 7:40 pm)

I sort of agree. I love Cacthing Fire because they go back, hate that Mags sacrificed herself. I really thought Katniss would go with the other person!(for those who read it!)


But I still recommend it!

submitted by Kayla, age 12, earth
(May 1, 2011 - 8:53 am)

Katniss is kind of self-centered...................

submitted by Clair, age 13, Here
(November 14, 2010 - 8:35 pm)

I guess you're right, but I mean you can't turn your nose up to her because, look what she's been through. It's hard not to feel bad for her, and I don't think she is trying to be so self-centered. (But she's failing with a "Capital" 'F').

submitted by Kendall, age 10, Seattle, WA
(November 16, 2010 - 8:07 pm)

Oh...My...God! The Hunger Games is so good! It's definitely one of the best books I've ever read! Right now I'm on the 3rd one (Mockingjay, 2nd Catching Fire also really good). Anyone who is considering reading it should TOTALLY read it. It is super good! Did I mention it's really good?

submitted by Kendall, age 10, Seattle, WA
(November 16, 2010 - 8:04 pm)

This book was awesome. In the whole series, the first one was my favorite. Prim is the best character, Rue come in a close second.Smile

submitted by Sophie B., age 13, Pennsylvania
(December 12, 2010 - 6:31 pm)

Hear~! Hear! I agree! Rue was the best character in Hunger games.

submitted by Katniss(jk!), age 14?, panem
(May 1, 2011 - 8:55 am)