Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. "The Hunger Games" is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
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"The Hunger Games is a gripping, futuristic novel set in post-apocalyptic North America. Katniss Everdeen is a dirt-poor teenager from District 12. Each year the autocratic government holds "The Hunger Games" in which they randomly select two participants from each of the 12 districts to compete and there is only one rule - kill or be killed. It is definitely a winner."
About the Author
Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days.
While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.
Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/war series, The Underland Chronicles.
At present, Suzanne is hard at work on the third book in her sci-fi series, The Hunger Games.
She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.
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I bought this book for my grandson, but ended up reading it myself and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next book
Comments about The Hunger Games:
The Hunger Games is action packed and fast paced. Perceived by some as too violent for children, it does present some appalling scenarios in the teenage fight-to-the-death games. However, there is more to it that that - all of the characters are innocent, many likeable and admirable. The story forces us to consider the morality of reality television, about how far we would go for entertainment, and thus it is obviously relevant to western society.
Another moral dilemna Collins poses is the increasing distance between humans and reality, where what the audience sees on the screen, heavily censored, is seen as real by it's captive audience.They are manipulated, just as we are, into justifying murder and war.
Th book, indeed the whole series, would be ideal as a senior school study of dystopian fiction alongside the works of Margaret Atwood, for example.
Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers - a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Hunger Games Trilogy
For Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: January 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.309