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The Hunger Games (Book 1) | Paperback

Released on 05 January 2009

Author: Suzanne Collins | Format: Paperback

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A fight to the death - on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winner's prize is survival.

In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games - where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss is chosen to represent her district in the Games, everyone thinks it's a death sentence. Only one person can survive the horrors of the arena. But plucky Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature...

"The Hunger Games is amazing" - Stephenie Meyer

"I couldn't stop reading" - Stephen King

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 Different Covers...

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I bought two of these, one for myself and one for a friend's birthday; they both had different covers. One has a boy(blue and black cover) and one has the girl pictured (red and black cover). The red and black has a recommendationary quote from Stephenie Meyer on the front and the blue and black has a recommendationary quote from Stephen King.
I couldn't really add muchin terms to what other reviewers have said on the content of the books, but felt that people may be interested to know that they may not receive the cover pictured,,,
Both are very cool, though! ;-)

 I read this in a day!

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This is one of the best books and trilogies that I have ever read. I downloaded it based on a recommendation from someone and read it all in 1 day. The book eases you in quite gently by giving you a detailed overview of the characters and the issues that they have faced over some years. The pace then picks up when the characters are being chosen for the games and this is where the book really grips you. Once the characters are into the games the chapters are so descriptive that you could close your eyes and see every scene in your head. You are able to empathise with the characters and start to think about how you would react if you were put into this situation (surely thats what all good stories should do). Some parts of the book were quite graphic but that ok with me as it adds to the reader tension and adds to anticipation of the story. The pace of the film was very well structured as it becomes fast and intense then slower and more relaxed I enjoyed this as it stopped the action over-powering the story. The book is really well written and could have had young people or adults in mind.
I have also read the other 2 books and they are just as good, so I strongly recommend reading these as well.


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A truly fantastic read, one of the best books of the year no doubt. Hooked from page 1 and read with in a matter of days. I didn't think a book could make me do this the same way Harry Potter did. This is mighty close to it. Outstanding read and definately recommend it.

 Made me hungry for more

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I have only recently come across the hunger games and if im honest I wasnt initially looking forward to reading it as I thought it was going to be quite violent but once I was a few pages in you realise that it tells a different story of the games as opposed to me thinking it was just going to be about brutel killings.I was instantly hooked to this book and I would literally read it at every spare second that I had and found it so different and Suzanne Collins has written a really imaginative book in my opinion. I am now going to buy the second one as I am just dying to know what happens next.

 Was surprised... Great read

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It is blatantly a rip off of Battle Royale. The author states she came up with the idea whilst watching reality tv and a war documentary, but I don't believe this for a minute, she saw or read Battle Royale and thought the idea would work in a US format - it is practically the same story... After the apocalypse a totalitarian government maintains control of its people by killing children in a contest format.
But that said, it is still a great read, the characters are good and the action is pacy. Compared to Twilight rubbish, it is far better and the appeal is broader as I am not the target audience for this book, yet still thought it was a suitable adult read and a real page turner.
If you have nothing left to read after Potter and Vegitarian Vampires - you won't find better than this!

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AuthorSuzanne Collins
PublisherScholastic (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 464 Pages
Age Group11 - 16