The Hunger Games Book (Summary - Book Review - in order)

The Hunger Games Book (Summary - Book Review - in order)
Author Suzanne Collins
Cover artist Tim O'Brien
Country United States
Language English
Series The Hunger Games trilogy
Genre Adventure
Science fiction[1]
Published September 14, 2008 (Scholastic Press)
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
Pages 374
ISBN 978-0-439-02352-8
OCLC 181516677
LC Class PZ7.C6837 Hun 2008
Followed by Catching Fire 


The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of Katniss Everdeen, 16, who lives in the future, a post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which a boy and a girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lot to compete in a televised live battle to the death.

The book received the recognition of the critics of the main reviewers and authors. He was praised for his plot and character development. In writing The Hunger Games, Collins turned to Greek mythology, Roman gladiatorial games and contemporary reality television for thematic content. The novel won many awards, including the California Young Reader's Medal, and was named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of the Year" in 2008.

The Hunger Games were published for the first time in hardcover on September 14, 2008, by Scholastic, presenting a cover designed by Tim O'Brien. Since then it has been released in paperback and also as audiobook and electronic book. After an initial printing of 200,000, the book had sold 800,000 copies until February 2010. Since its launch, The Hunger Games has been translated into 26 languages, and publishing rights have been sold in 38 territories. The novel is the first in the trilogy of The Hunger Games, followed by Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). A film adaptation, directed by Gary Ross and co-written and co-produced by Collins herself, premiered in 2012.

Could you survive alone, in nature, with everyone outside to make sure you do not live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place known as North America is the nation of Panem, a bright Capitol surrounded by twelve peripheral districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps districts in line by forcing them to send a boy and girl between twelve and eighteen years old to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live television. Katniss Everdeen, 16, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, considers her a death sentence when forced to represent her district at the Games. But Katniss has been close to dying before, and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really wanting it, it becomes a contender. But if she wants to win, she will have to start making decisions that weigh on survival against humanity and life against love.

The New York Times best-selling author, Suzanne Collins, offers suspense and philosophy in equal parts, adventure, and romance, in this exciting novel set in a future with disturbing parallels to our present.


If there are really only seven original plots in the world, it is strange that a boy is always mentioned with a girl, and that society becomes bad and that the good man never does. However, 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 has not linked his future to a specific date, nor has he pondered it with too many finger movements. Rather, less than in 1984 and more than in Death Race 2000, he is an exciting story set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a substitute from the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children who will 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 last sacrifice, she is totally focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of clinging to humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It is a credit to Collins' ability to characterize that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still pleasant. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It is no coincidence that these games are presented as pop culture. Each generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, television reality. The State of Panem, which needs to keep its tributaries submissive and complacent to its citizens, may have created the Games, but meaningless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who they do not comply Does your connection to television reality, ubiquitous today, date the book? It could, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins' world, we will be obsessed with grooming, we will talk in a fun way and all our prayers will end with the same increase as the questions. When Katniss is sent to the stylists to make her more telegenic before she competes, she remains naked in front of them, strangely bewildered. They are so different from people that I am no more shy than if a trio of strange colored birds pecked at my feet, he thinks. In order not to hate these creatures that send her to her death, she imagines them as pets. Not only the participants risk losing their humanity. It's all they watch. Katniss strives to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for the approval of the audience. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what remains unanswered is the central question. Have you sacrificed too much?

About the Author
Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book of The Underland Chronicles, received high praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a bestseller of the New York Times and received numerous awards. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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