Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a book where the word utopia is defined like never before. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in the world after its end. The twelve Districts are controlled by the Capitol, their government. When Katniss volunteers herself in the games instead of her sister, she has no idea what to expect. With the help of her partner, Peeta, Katniss will first-hand experience the hard truth. The Games are specifically designed to show the residences in the multiple Districts how the Capitol controls them. The golden country they live in has deep dark secrets that they don't want anyone to know...but Katniss can only do so much while mentally and physically preparing herself for the games. The girl from District twelve will prove to everyone {even herself} that she can do much more than expected. But what happens when a simple berries act can be called rebellious?

This story is an unforgettable journey to the end of the world. If you think that living in a perfect utopia is perfect, think again. Katniss proves that even in perfeciton, poverty and dictatorship are possible. To all those who enjoyed the book Pretties, by Scott Westerfield, this book is for you. Young readers everywhere are seeing that utopia is not always good. Or is it?

-Reviewed by T.A., grade 10.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Hunger Games has received outstanding reviews and has won many awards for a good reason; it is an outstanding book that dares to go where few books have gone. That is why I enjoyed this book so much and why any one who reads it will be blown away by its content. An out of this world idea for a story and deeply articulated characters make The hunger Games an absolute pleasure to read. It has many sequences that will make your heart race as well as scenes of friendship and bonding that tie this novel together into a masterpiece.

Reviewed by Cody W., grade 12.
Montrose Library

Anonymous said...

I really liked the Hunger Games, but to be really honest I was not impressed with the ending. I thought that the ending would be way more satisfying than it was and I do not plan on reading the sequel. I would, though, recommend this to any of my friends because the action parts were very intense and I really liked it. It was very interesting at times, so much that I could not stop reading, but at other times it was very dull and boring. I thought that overall it was a pretty good book, but I was expecting it to be a lot better.

Reviewed by Melody N, grade 9.
Central Library

Anonymous said...

The Hunger Games is book one out of the three book series written by Suzanna Collins. In The Hunger Games it is the 74th annual Hunger games where one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts must compete against each other until there is one person alive. Katniss is a sixteen year old girl from district 12 who takes the place of her younger sister. As the games progress after only one day of battle half the tributes have been killed. Katniss makes an pack with a twelve year old girl, Rue who is from district 11. Later on when the rules of the game change half way through the battle things get harsher and harsher.

This book was an excellent and an amazing book. It gave me a rush of excitement reading each page by page. The book reminded me of the book " Where The Red Fern Grows" for some strange reason. This books plot might not appeal to other because it is about teens going to battle against each other until there is one last survivor. It may make people get the feeling that it is a horror story when it really isn't, it is well written and not frighting. Give the book a try, once you start reading I guarantee you wont stop.

Reviewed by Armand, grade 9
Central Library

Anonymous said...

This book is about a girl and a boy name Katniss and Peeta. Peeta gets chosen for the hunger games while Katniss' sister gets chosen. Katniss volunteers as tribute. All 12 districts fight to win the hunger games.
I liked this book because it was entertaining. There was a lot of action in this book which made me very addicted to it. This book made me think that family never leaves each other.
Reviewed by Eugene Shin, grade 9
Montrose Library

Anonymous said...

In the ruins of North America there lies the nation of Panem, the shining capital is surrounded by twelve districts. To keep the districts in line, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18, are forced to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen thinks of it as a death sentence when she volunteers in the place of her younger sister. Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. Can Katniss survive this terrible blood bath, or die like the rest? The Hunger Games have Begun...

I loved the suspenseful, and never ending pursuit for survival and the akward love triangle between the characters. I do recommend this book to all readers and I hope you enjoy the book like I did. I thought the movie was good and I am thinking that the next movie will be just as good or even better than the first one. So I hope that you will take the time to read this book and see the movie like I did.

Reviewed by Kevin S., grade 9
Montrose Library

Anonymous said...

Katniss volenteers for her sister in the annual 74 hunger games. she enter with the other tribute from her district.

A lot of action and fast paced. Good book and you can also see the movie after you read the book. You can also read the whole series

Reviewed by Eric Y., grade 9
Montrose Library

Anonymous said...

The Hunger Games is about how a Sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen is forced to compete in an annual Hunger Games competition, a fight between young children and teens to the death. Each district out of 12 districts must send 1 boy and 1 girl from the ages of 12 to 18 to compete in the arena. Winning means wealth and fame, yet losing means death.

My opinion for who should read this book is teens to young adults. I thought it was an amazing book and i highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about reading it.

Reviewed by Frederick S., grade 9
Montrose Library

Anonymous said...

In a dark future, lies the nation of Panem containing a glamorous Capitol and twelve struggling districts. To keep the districts from acting out, each year the Capitol makes them send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games. This is a fight to the death shown on live TV. When Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her younger sister, she has no confidence that she will ever survive to see her home again. Katniss has had to struggle to survive before, and without meaning to she becomes a serious competitor in the Games. Can she win and live to see her family again?
I loved reading the Hunger Games. This book has suspense, mystery and twists that make you want to never stop reading it. It always keeps you guessing about what will happen next and what the outcome will be. This is my favorite book to reread in my free time. It also made me feel thankful for my life because the struggles the people in the book face are unimaginable. I could see people of all ages enjoying this book because it has extreme action alongside an unpredictable love story. This is a unique book that absolutely can't be compared to any other book out there.

Reviewed by Jennifer, grade 9
Montrose Branch Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first in the three part series. It takes place in the nation of Panem, which used to be North America. Panem contains 12 districts and the Capitol. The Capitol is cruel, keeping the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. In the end there is one survivor who is the winner. Join Katniss Everdeen in the fight for her life as she is forced to represent her district and fight for her life.

When you begin reading the Hunger Games you automatically get hooked and when you finish the book you can't not continue the series. It's thrilling and so creative, the plot and characters help make you want to keep reading because you have to know who lives, who wins the Hunger Games. I love the protagonist Katniss, her independence and bravery was completely inspiring. The love interests in the book just make it completely amazing. The book was way better than the movie. This book is a must read for all teens keeping you addicted with its amazing writing and slight disturbing-ness.

Reviewed by Nayri T., grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first in the three part series. It takes place in the nation of Panem, which used to be North America. Panem contains 12 districts and the Capitol. The Capitol is cruel, keeping the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. In the end there is one survivor who is the winner. Join Katniss Everdeen in the fight for her life as she is forced to represent her district and fight for her life.

When you begin reading the Hunger Games you automatically get hooked and when you finish the book you can't not continue the series. It's thrilling and so creative, the plot and characters help make you want to keep reading because you have to know who lives, who wins the Hunger Games. I love the protagonist Katniss, her independence and bravery was completely inspiring. The love interests in the book just make it completely amazing. The book was way better than the movie. This book is a must read for all teens keeping you addicted with its amazing writing and slight disturbing-ness.

Reviewed by Nayri T., grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first in the three part series. It takes place in the nation of Panem, which used to be North America. Panem contains 12 districts and the Capitol. The Capitol is cruel, keeping the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. In the end there is one survivor who is the winner. Join Katniss Everdeen in the fight for her life as she is forced to represent her district and fight for her life.

When you begin reading the Hunger Games you automatically get hooked and when you finish the book you can't not continue the series. It's thrilling and so creative, the plot and characters help make you want to keep reading because you have to know who lives, who wins the Hunger Games. I love the protagonist Katniss, her independence and bravery was completely inspiring. The love interests in the book just make it completely amazing. The book was way better than the movie. This book is a must read for all teens keeping you addicted with its amazing writing and slight disturbing-ness.

Reviewed by Nayri T., grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Teen Speak said...

Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives in the nation of Panem. Panem is divided into twelve districts. Every year, there is an event called the Hunger Games where two members from each district, a boy and a girl, get together in an arena and have a fight to the death. Katniss's sister is picked, but katniss volunteers in her place so that she doesnt have to. The male picked for the district is a boy named Peeta. Both must try to survive the Hunger Games or face death.

I really liked the Hunger Games and enjoyed reading it. It was very detailed and had a very interesting storyline. I would recommend it to any reader who likes action and science fiction.

John, grade 9
Montrose Crescenta Branch

Teen Speak said...

Future. The nation of Panem split into 12 districts. Each year the Capitol holds The Hunger Games. A boy and a girl must participate from every district for the Capitol's amusement and for the sake of the rebellion. Katniss Everdeen is known as the girl who volunteered for her younger sister as tribute. She must participate in the deathly competition side by side with her male companion Peeta Mellark. They struggle to keep themselves alive in the stadium against their opponents, who have been training their whole life. The Capitol makes each district watch it, hoping to make them feel intimidated by the power it holds.

I think this book holds a key to greatness. This book shows us that society has nothing to do with how someone feels. It can give many people a sense of hope to follow in what they believe in. It is an inspiration for other people who never thought they could do what they want to. I suggest for everyone to read this amazing book. It has romance, action, and ,anger.

Riya S., grade 9
Montrose Crescenta Branch

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games was about a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen. Katniss lived with her mother and sister in a dystopian society, District 12, in the country of Panem. The Hunger Games is a game in which each person has an opportunity to kill all their opponents to live their life in peace. During the reaping, Katniss's sister gets called to play so Katniss volunteers. Along with Peeta Mellark, they fly off to the Capitol to play in the Hunger Games. They are prepared and taken well care of until the day arrives. The game starts and Katniss does everything to stay alive.

The Hunger Games had such a great plot and story line to it. I read this book when my friend recommended it to me and I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the "dystopian" theme and how Katniss struggled with her feelings as well as trying not to get killed. I would recommend this book to people of all ages.

Reviewed by Elen S., grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Teen Speak said...

12 districts send in two representatives to participate in a deadly, annually held games called the Hunger Games. Out of all the representatives, only one could come out victorious. In this story, a young girl named Katniss Everdeen has become one of the tributes for district 12. She is harshly trained and interviewed before the games and during the games she made and lost people that she cared about, many betrayals, and a lot of deaths. In this game, there were so many obstacles like poisonous animals and death gas that Katniss had to avoid and overcome. In a way, this game of death was entertainment to the rich and higher ups, but a death sentence to the those who had to play.

My opinion about this book is that it is a very thrilling novel that covers adventure suspense, action, sadness, and creativity. What I like about this story is the technology and how the people can create those dangerous obstacles appear out of nowhere. Also, I liked the descriptive words that the author uses. I believe that anyone who has a sense of wanting adventure or likes to experience new things, who would love this book. This book really made me think that I am very lucky that I am not offered as tribute or playing a death game. But I think that it would be an interesting experience if that were to happen. This book really shows you the separation between low technology and high technology in the same period of time. It is amazing on how the author gives out intense feelings and very emotional words.

Reviewed by Matthew L., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

Katniss Everdeen is a not so average 16-year-old teenage girl. She lives a poverty-stricken life in District 12 of Panem. After her dad died in a mining accident, Katniss was the one and only hope to keep her family alive. Her already tough life was about to take a turn for the worst. Against all odds, Katniss' sister, Prim, was chosen to participate as the female tribute in the annual Hunger Games, where chosen tributes fight to the death. Katniss volunteered to take her sisters place in the games, only to soon find out that the male tribute in District 12 was Peeta Melark, a boy who she would vow to protect in the games. The only problem there can only be one victor, and she has to survive to protect her family.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is that book, and series of books, that you can't put down and absolutely have to finish. In my opinion, the hunger games, as well as the two other books in the series, are highly addicting. I think that they are an action-packed, dramatic, just overall amazing series that always has you questioning. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to read something thrilling and adventurous.

Reviewed by Adela, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

"Hunger Games" is an action-filled drama about romance and sacrifice. The novel is futuristic, and takes place in a world full of hostility and unfairness. The Capitol is in charge of the 12 districts, and each year, the capitol gets 2 tributes from each district to fight until there's only 1 survivor left. It's their way of showing that they're in charge, although they don't admit it. The book is about Katniss Everdeen, a tribute who volunteered instead of her sister.To her surprise, Peeta Mellark was also chosen. They had to leave behind their family to fight for their survival.

"Hunger Games" is an amazing book. I would recommend this novel to a wide variety of people, including people who love action, people who enjoy reading about romance, and teenagers who like drama in general. This book is addicting and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I suggest clearing your schedule before starting this book!

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

There were 12 districts in North America. All of the districts are controlled by the Capitol. In order to keep peace among the districts, each district has to send 1 teenage boy and 1 teenage girl and send them into an arena to fight for their lives. The winner of the Hunger Games is given great rewards, but they are also given guilt and sorrow for all the people they killed to win. District 12, has chosen Katniss Everdeen(a girl in poverty who must feed her family, by illegally hunting) and Peeta Mellark( the son of a baker). As the day of the Hunger Games comes closer, the two teens are trained for survival and make friends along the way. As the Hunger Games start, Katniss sees people getting killed left and right. Katniss fights hunger, nature, and death all around her. Katniss, Peeta , and the other competitors are forced into to the middle of the arena and finish the Hunger Games there.

There were 12 districts in North America. All of the districts are controlled by the Capitol. In order to keep peace among the districts, each district has to send 1 teenage boy and 1 teenage girl and send them into an arena to fight for their lives. The winner of the Hunger Games is given great rewards, but they are also given guilt and sorrow for all the people they killed to win. District 12, has chosen Katniss Everdeen(a girl in poverty who must feed her family, by illegally hunting) and Peeta Mellark( the son of a baker). As the day of the Hunger Games comes closer, the two teens are trained for survival and make friends along the way. As the Hunger Games start, Katniss sees people getting killed left and right. Katniss fights hunger, nature, and death all around her. Katniss, Peeta , and the other competitors are forced into to the middle of the arena and finish the Hunger Games there.

Reviewed by Philip C., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

In America, Panem is a rich City. The Capitol controls all the Districts. There is a competition called The Hunger Games. In this game, there is two teens, one boy and one girl from each district from the ages of twelve through eighteen, and they have to leave their parents and join the Hunger Games. They draw out the Hunger Games participants from a jar. Katniss Everdeen, a six-teen-year old, became the 74th annual Hunger Games female participant, when she volunteered to go to the games, for her young sister, Primrose. She promised her sister that she would win the games. They do not believe she will win the game, but they know giving up without a fight is not possible. Katniss was poor and was close to death from starvation, but she stood out for her life and survived. She does not approach anybody to kill, or hurt but her instinct is to survive. When she started to get a confusing feeling about the boy from where she was from, Peeta, she teams up with the girl from different area than her. Only one person can survive. Who can survive? Will she let someone else win so they do not have to die? She is thinking, if she is going to win and survive, she has to kill, to save others. It is a very difficult situation.

The book was fabulous. The Hunger Games was the best series I have ever read. It is very different from other books. I have seen the movie, which I really liked. I would say the book was very different from the movie. The imagination was different. The book is better than the movie. The movie displayed the scene of violence, fight, competition, and death every year. It showed the down side of teen life, struggle, and survival. It is good to see and realize how life is for some people. Life is not just pleasure, it does have some struggles and challenges, to be able to survive and win. It is actually a lesson for some people, and teaches how to achieve what they want in life and not to give up. Anyway, I would rate the Hunger Games book with the highest star possible. The first book was the best, overall, yet the others were still pretty good. I would recommand this book, or even series, to anyone interested in violence, or even just entertainment. This book made me feel like I was actually living like one of the people from District 12, so poor and vulnerable. Yet even worse-a Hunger Games participant. I had to sit on the edge of my seat when I read it. As readers read deeper and deeper and deeper into the book, they learn lessons and find out surprises on their way to the end of each novel of the series.

Reviewed by Connor, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

In a nation called Panem, which exists in the land once known as North America. There are tweleve districts. Privously, there were thirteen, but because of the start of a revolt against, The Capital, the 13th district was eliminated. Because of this attempted revolt, The Capital holds the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are literally a fight to the death in which each of the 12 districts sends in two tributes, one male and female. Being entered into the Games means either fortune and fame or unavoidable death. Katniss Everdeen turns out to be the female tribute and Peeta Mellark is the male tribute from District 12.

I think The Hunger Games is worth reading. The Hunger Games offers enough to keep me reading and it keeps me curious as to what will happen next. Overall, I suggest reading this amazing book. It is a wonderful story that kids our age can read. The author demonstrated a very good work by writing The Hunger Games. And all chapters left me speechless and they were addictive to read.

Reviewed by Michelle T., Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic dystopian world, known as Panem, ruled by the Capitol. Children are chosen at random to be pitted against each other in a brutal battle to the death, known as the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen, only sixteen years old, volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the Games. The opposite person going into the Games with her is the boy to whom she owes her life, Peeta Mellark. While fighting for her life to get back to her family, Katniss must make sure she or Peeta will be able to return home. However, what happens when the Capitol witnesses her small act of rebellion?

In my opinion, this book was excellent. It was exciting, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. There really is something in this book for everyone. There is a romantic element to it, there is excitement and adventure, and of course, lovers of dystopian world stories will love this book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Teen Speak said...

"The Hunger games" Is a story about a woman named Katniss Everdeen whom which undergoes a series of obstacles when faced to engage in a fight-to-death tournament against other children of her district. Caught between her family and her own life, she faces many challenging obstacles. The story takes place In Panem, a , a dystopic country built on what was once North America. Here the civilians are separated into districts by the capitol to reinforce class separations. No matter rich or poor, it seems that almost every family fears the day where tributes from each district are chosen to partake in the Hunger Games. A story about Katniss Everdeen, the Hunger Games, and the suspenseful adventures in between.

The moment I read this novel I fell in love! Katniss's charecter in the book is so strong and she plays such a leading role. Her character in this story is so strong and i love that because she portrays what a lot of woman are; fighters. Most woman I know will in any situation do what we have to do as women for our families, peers, ect. It was nice to see such a leading woman role in a movie and book series! looking at the characters she meets along the way is just icing on the cake! This book had me on my toes the entire time and to be honest, I never wanted to put it down! I highly recommend this novel to all people ages 14 and up! Its a perfect medley of thrill, action, romance, and mystery.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Teen Speak said...

The book is placed in a dystopian future where there are 12 districts which get picked out for the annual reaping. Two people get picked out randomly from each district to fight to the death in the hunger games. Where boy or girl ages 12-18 have to fight to the death to be the winner winning glory and food to there district. The main charachter in this book is named Katniss Everdeen who voulanteers in replace for her little sister. The boy that gets picked out is Peeta just a baker in the city. These two must fight these other districts in order to stay alive. But they are not trained at all except Katniss who knows her way around a bow because she has to hunt for food. But the other districts train to fight and kill there whole lives just to go into these games and win.

My opinion of the book is it is okay but I read it as the same time as divergent and I liked that book way more. I just feel like in Hunger Games the characters don't really develop that much throughout the story. If I was to recommend this to someone it would be highly unlikely I would just tell them to watch the movie. I know most people say the book is better than the movie, but I just think the movie does better for making you care for Katniss and Peeta. The book is good and the next two are even better in my opinion, but it just feels a little slow to me. I enjoyed this book more than I disliked it, but I do think the book tells you pointless details that the next two books will explain even better.

Reviewed by J., Grade 12
Glendale Central Library

Teen Speak said...

Every year an unwanted contest called The Hunger Games is held throughout the Districts.. There were 13 districts, but district 13 rebelled and was destroyed so only 12 districts compete. Each district has a boy and a girl chosen at random. Katniss' sister and a boy named Peta are chosen for district 12. Katniss volunteers to go in her sister's place. Each person tries to survive to be the last remaining person. Peta and Katniss try to survive together, but if they do survive as the last two remaining then one is suppose to kill the other in the end.

The Hunger Games was a book I had to push through to the end. There were too many gruesome deaths. If you can't handle gruesome deaths then do not read the Hunger Games.. This book took me a week to read because horrible deaths are not interesting to me. I finished the book wondering why I continued to read the book to the end. I do not recommend the Hunger Games and would say to read Divergent instead. Although you might enjoy the book if you like high action, high drama levels and don't mind deaths since the action and drama levels were way high.

Reviewed by Ridge, Grade 9

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games is a book full of conflict, consisting of a rare combination of man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. self. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark's lives change the day it was announced that they were the 75th Hunger Games tributes for District Twelve, which was required by the Capitol. Two contestants from each of the districts, starting at the age of twelve, had to compete in a battle until both team members were standing up and everyone else was dead. The bloody games were held in an artificial atmosphere that provided the fighters with little supply of food and weapons. In order to win, readers had recognized that the desired victors had to have acute strategies, trust, and legitimate battle tactics. As the book was portraying the player's suffrage with killings and man on man combat, it also included other relevant factors like kin love and romance. The two primary tributes ended up falling in love and demonstrated their affections by attempted sacrifice for aid, security, and protection. As most other stories, this one included the main characters fighting through the severe conflict and eventually winning the Hunger Games!

Although reviewing this story may seem cliche, I couldn't help excluding it. I believe it became so famous because of the fictional content and fascinating plot it had. Out of five stars, I would probably rate this story five stars, due to my personal preference of enjoying nonfiction conflict. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a combination of deadly quarrels and romantic trust. I find it interesting how the author chose such a surprising topic, other than a typical teen love story or a major internal problem an adolescent may have to face. Collins brought out violence and inconspicuous reasoning, she escaped the ordinary and found a topic she could make so that readers would want more of the content. Certain parts of the story made me feel as if I was there, supporting Katniss with her every move, and raising my weakened arms with victory and sick satisfaction when the event was finally over. It may not be as authentic as the cover makes it seem, but the overall plot had changed how I witnessed this subject in my own words. Try it out! (:

Reviewed by Crystal MG, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

In the first third of the book we are introduced to our protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Though she's only a teenagers, she's a tough hunter who puts food on her family's table. Her father is dead and she lives with her mother and sister Prim in district 12 in the country of Panem. she hunts with a guy named Gale who is cute and might even have a thing for her, but who knows? Katniss is not very in touch with her mushy side.

All 24 of the tributes are transported to the arena to fight it out. katniss is on her own at first, but then she discovers that Peeta has teamed up with the Career Tributes- the strong kids from the rich districts in Panem who actually want to go to the Hunger Games. They eventually corner her in a tree, but she drops a tracker jacker nest on them( that's like a genetically mutated killer wasp) and scores a bow and arrow in the process.

Katniss goes hunting for Peeta and eventually finds him. He is wounded and camouflaged in the muddy bank of a stream. she nurses him back to health and realizes that by playing up the romance angle, they can get gifts from sponsors.

I'd have to say, this is my favorite book of all time( perhaps second , next to the catching fire-- the sequel) This story has an excellent and original plot idea that Collins has paced so well. The characters are very well developed. And has a great message. One thing parents should watch out for is the violence. Before any kid under twelve years old reads this book, I would ask them hoe much they can tolerate. While the violence is not very graphic, there is a great amount of it and several teens die. But all in all, this book is fantastic In my opinion, it was well written and fairly enjoyable.

Reviewed by Jany H., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games is about one boy and one girl, from the 12 districts, between the ages of 12-18 who are picked to participate in the hunger games every year. The hunger games is a fight to the death between these kids. This year Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is picked. Being the older sister she is, Katniss volunteers in the place of her sister. This book is full of action and romance it is enjoyable for many readers.

I love, love, love this book, it is probably one of the most spectacular books I have ever read. I seriously recommend to read this book. Believe me when I say that you are going to be hooked to this book. It really is that great of a book. There some parts that I don't like about this book but other then that I seriously love this book. Of course you have to read the book before watching the movie because the book is way better.

Reviewed by Emily, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins is a utopian and dystopian fiction book that shows a civilization known as District 12 which is filled with poverty and how people survive through those conditions. The world in which these people live in have an annual event know as The Hunger Games in which two tributes from each district (there are 12) have to murder each other until one person is remaining. Primrose Everdeen a young girl in her early teens is chosen as one of the tributes however, her sister Katniss Everdeen chose to volunteer in place of her sister. Katniss now has to learn to survive in these conditions.

In my opinion this book was extremely intense and I could not stop reading! It is a very emotional book that deals with many subject that are present today in the world. I enjoyed how the book created a sense of realization for readers on how this world that is dystopian can be compared to the world we live in now and how some things may never change unless you decide to do something about it. I think people in the age group 14+ will enjoy this poem mainly because understanding the book is very important and the purpose of the book itself should be noticed as well.

Reviewed Annabel G., Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Teen Speak said...

Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 with here mom and her sister, Prim. She was getting ready for the reaping, which is the ceremony for the hunger games to see who is going to represent the district. During the ceremony the mayor announced that the Capitol defeated the Districts and how they were going to run the hunger games as usual. After that announcement, the mayor introduced the lone survivor from the hunger games from district 12,but she passed out because she was drunk. The next announcement was that the person to represent the district was Prim, Katniss's sister. Katniss immediately told them she would take her place ,and they allowed it. The other representative was a boy name Peeta. Is Katniss getting out of this alive?

I liked this book, because it was so unique. It was unusual but magnificent at the same time. Also it had a lot intense moments and lots of action. I would recommend this book to teens who like action and who likes a lot of drama.This book made me realize how a lot of people are going through hard times and that life is not as easy as we think is. I also feel how that the world is not safe and how there is a lot of bad things are going on like wars and how that people are losing there lives every day.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 12
Pacific Park Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games takes place in the nation of Panem, the ruins of a place once known as North America. Panem consists of the enormous, shining Capitol surrounded by the twelve outlying districts. The Capitol consists of the wealthy and cruel who are constantly putting extremely unfair conditions onto the twelve districts. They are in full control over the twelve districts, who have no say in any of the Capitol's rules and demands. Their only choice is to solemnly obey. A cruel tradition that the Capitol has had for many years are the annual Hunger Games, in which each district must send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in this fight to the death on live TV. The courageous sixteen year old, Katniss Everdeen, from District 12, practically gives herself a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. She was almost sure that she would not make it far in the Games, for she was merely experienced in hunting animals with her iconic bow and arrow, but, without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. However, if she is to win, she must make some extremely difficult decisions that may be seemingly impossible.

The Hunger Games is personally one of my favorite books of all time. It contains all of the most intriguing and compelling elements that I look for in a book- suspense, mystery, action, adventure, and romance. When I was reading this book, I felt as if I were somehow a part of it. I was so compelled and captivated by the riveting story line that I had completely immersed myself into the wonders of this book, making it seem as though I was a fragment of its whole. It made me feel brave and passionate by demonstrating to always stand up for your beliefs and to never let anyone discourage you into believing that you are not capable of making a difference. I felt so many mixed emotions whilst reading this book due to the suspenseful and unpredictable story line. There were points where I felt satisfaction, others where I felt afraid and doubtful, or confusion and uncertainty. However, these mixed emotions were not necessarily a bad thing because they immensely contributed in my great intrigue in the book, which is one of the most important factors that a book must portray. There were points where I merely could not put the book down since I simply had to find out what happened next. I would recommend this book to anyone who just needs some adventure and mystery in their lives because they definitely wouldn't be disappointed by it.

Reviewed by Zhanna G., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a love story set in a destroyed version of North America where there an annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a violent, disturbing "game' in which two tributes from the nations 12 districts are put in an arena and forced to kill each other. Collins describes an intense plot through the the eyes of the main character, Katniss Everdeen. The story shows the growth of a 16 year old girl and the love of two tributes in the arena.

I personally loved The Hunger Games. The author made the story very intense and really interesting. When I started to read it, I found that I couldn't put the book down, even if I tried. The author described the scenery in the story very well too. I loved this book but I would not recommend this to anyone under the age of 12 due to its violent moments and very romantic scenes. However, for older teens and young adults, this story is a must read for those who like intriguing storylines and fast paced novels.

Reviewed by Zack H., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

In the ruins of North America, the nation Panem is divided into twelve districts and a wealthy capitol with each district given a different specialty to work on. Their used to be thirteen districts, but that was before the war. The thirteenth district was destroyed by the capital to teach the other districts a lesson not to rebel against the capitol. After this incident, the capitol decides that they should remind all of the people in Panem about it by hosting a fight-to-the-death competition every year with twenty-four tributes (two from each district- a boy and girl). Sadly, the main character’s sister (the main character’s name is Katniss Everdeen), Prim is selected to be a competitor along with a boy named Peeta. Katniss did not want her to be scared by the battles of hunger that would await her (even though they live in the poorest part of their district, district twelve) so she volunteered to take her place in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. The dangers that await Katniss and Peeta are almost unreal.

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins was one of the best books I have ever read. I loved the plot of the story and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time Katniss was in the arena for The Hunger Games. My love for this book lasted so long that up until now I still play on Minecraft Survival Games Servers. I feel that Suzanne Collins did a great job with all the character’s feelings. I think that she could have increased the story by adding more details to the life-or-death situations Katniss faced. Yes, all-in-all I would recommend this book to others.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Pacific Park Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games is a book set in a dystopian future where the country of Panem is divided into 12 districts. Every year, the Capitol holds a competition called "The Hunger Games" where one boy and one girl from each district are put into an arena to fight to the death, and there can only be one winner. Katniss Everdeen is the main character, a girl from district 12 who provides for her mother and sister by illegally hunting in the woods with a bow and arrow. Katniss finds herself in the Games and has to fight to survive.

The Hunger Games is probably one of my favorite books. I would definitely recommend it to anyone in 5th grade or older. There are also 2 other books in the series, "Catching Fire" is the 2nd and "Mockingjay" is the 3rd. You should read this if you enjoy sci-fi/romance stories because it has both, and there are so many good plot points that make you want to read the whole trilogy. There are also a lot of good characters in the book, like Katniss's makeover team, and Effie Trinket, who is very entertaining to read about.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

The Hunger Games is the first book in its series of The Hunger Games. This book starts out in a place called Panem, which is also known as future North America. Panem is a Capitol that is surrounded by twelve different districts. The Capitol is also not a friendly place, and it has more of an unpleasant feeling to it. As for characters, our main character is a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (that is part of district twelve) that lives with her mother and sister and is a great hunter. Every year, there is something called reaping day which determines the twenty-four people that will compete in a dangerous event called the Hunger Games. During reaping day, the one girl that was chosen from district twelve was Primrose Everdeen, which is Katniss's sister. Too scared of watching her fight to the death on live T.V., she took her place instead. Now that Katniss is part of the Hunger Games, she has to make many difficult decisions throughout the way in order to survive.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, The Hunger Games. One thing that I really liked about this book is that it made me feel like I was actually there with Katniss Everdeen. In the Hunger Games, Katniss's adventures and feelings are very specifically described which gives that realistic and cool feeling to it. I think that mostly teenager girls would like this book because I believe that they especially would enjoy the pinch of romance and because they may relate to the way that Katniss feels at times when boys can't. After reading this book, it made me feel more confident in some ways. It made me feel like this because in the book, Katniss didn't know how to deal with her own problems at multiple times and it showed the ways that she solved those problems by getting over her fears by being brave.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Downtown Central Library

Teen Speak said...

In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by The Capitol, the odds are never in anyone's favor. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen's younger sister, Primrose, gets chosen to be be District 12's girl competitor in The Hunger Games, Katniss jumps to her rescue and volunteers to go in her place. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl are chosen from each district to fight to their death on life television. The victor of the games is promised fame and fortune.

Suzanne Collins does an amazing job of telling the futuristic tale of Panem and its population. I really enjoyed this book. It's written in a fast-paced, descriptive way that takes on many relevant themes set during a different time like oppression and war. Katniss is a sharp and crafty heroine who cares about her family more than anything in the world. She is loyal and fierce and is an automatic role model for readers.

I recommend this book to everybody. It's original, unique, and thrilling and is sure to appeal to all readers of all ages. Though the writing is choppy, it's still an excellent read.

Reviewed by Melody S., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Teen Speak said...

In the continent of North America, there are twelve towns in total and they have to go through a very odd ritual of fighting to the death without doing anything wrong. A preteen or adolescent boy and girl are sent to fight with other teens their age from the other towns. The worst part is it takes place on live television so lots of people can see who will fight for their lives. Sometimes, there are people who are called "fighters", which means there are certain societies that would keep sending the same people to represent their town over and over to fight for their lives and their community such as sixteen year old Katniss. She can really fight the power with anyone that decides to go up against her in battle but the thing is she almost died from fighting in an intense battle and she doesn't know if she will be able to fight again because of how traumatized she emotionally and mentally feels from nearly dying. She must find other ways and methods on how to survive if she were to get sent away to fight again in the future.

I can see that this is a very good book. I know this is the first book in the Hunger Games series and of course first time's the charm in many cases. Who knew that an author can really put teens and adolescents as people to fight in scary and intense battles on a live stream in a story? Action-themed stories aren't generally my thing but from reading this book it really has became my hobby persay. The cover of the book was something I didn't understand right away but at least it looks pretty iconic and cool anyway. Although, the name Katniss was something I stayed neutral about. I kind of thought the name was a bit weird for the author to use as a protagonist because I think it sounded a bit "off". Everything else was great in my opinion. If my friend can recommend me this book, then I can recommend this book to anyone else as well. In addition, I would also recommend others to finish the whole series of the Hunger Games. So have fun continuing your journey to finish all the sequels here in this series.

Reviewed by Hannah R., Grade 10
Downtown Central Library

Teen Speak said...

The book, The Hunger Games, was published in 2008 by Suzann Collins. This book is the first of a trilogy. The Hunger Games is set in a fictional world where what is left in North America is now known as Panem. The main character of the book is named Katniss Everdeen. Panem divides its people into 12 districts, and holds an annual tournament for all districts. Each year one boy and one girl are selected from each district to go and live in an arena and fight to the death. As Katniss’s name is selected to go and compete she will soon face many deadly challenges.

The book, The Hunger Games, was a very enjoyable book to read. This book teaches the reader very important life lessons. I learned that always trying your hardest and never giving up can give you unexpected rewards. I also learned about the hardships some children have to face to keep themselves and their families alive. Overall this book was a very interesting read, and I am looking forward to continuing the read the series. I would highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to teenage readers.

Reviewed by Alexander B., Grade 9
Downtown Central Library