The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)

Book 1 of 3 in the The Hunger Games Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 12Z5.399750
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps 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. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 9780439023481
2479 Book Reviews
  • inloveong
    inloveong9 days55 stars
    Really, Really good book. Really good dystopian like descriptions of the atmosphere and the world around Katniss and Peeta. I am the type of person who likes a lot of gore. I love the Halloween movie series and Friday the 13th and other slasher films. I felt really satisfied with the violence in this book. It sounds bad, and I promise I don't go around hurting any1 and I'm not a serial killer (istg) but it was a good amount of gore. Really good book, would definitely recommend.
    • silverstream77
      silverstream7716 days55 stars
      I read this book a couple of months ago, and it was amazing. I was kept awake for several nights in a row, and I could not close the book. Suzanne Collins really generates constant action, and whenever you read something by her, it's hands down awesome!
      • emobunny
        emobunny19 days55 stars
        I love the Hunger Games series! The movies are also great! ❤️
        • foreverregancorn
          foreverregancorn24 days55 stars
          In the ruins of former North America lies the nation of Panem. The capitol is surrounded by twelve districts. The only way the capitol knows to keep the districts in line is by the hunger games. Each district must send a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve to eighteen to participate in the games, a fight to the death on television. Winning the games means fame and fortune while losing means certain death. When the contestants are chosen for the seventy-fourth hunger games are chosen and twelve year old Prim Everdeen is chosen, sixteen year old Katniss knows she has to take her sister's place. Even though Katniss has been close to death before, she still regards the games as a death sentence. Katniss knows she and her partner Peeta must win for district twelve. Awaiting her fait, Katniss knows she must try her best and survive, for the sake of district twelve, and her family, but if she does win, she doesn't want to give up her privacy and her life. The games change lives, but will it change Katniss and Peeta's life?
        • nbb2011
          nbb20113 months55 stars
          This is my all time favorite book by a long shot! Perfect for readers 11-13. I used to hate sci-fi, but when I read this book it was so amazing. The Hunger Games is a dystopian book where there are 12 districts and a place called the Capital. The Capital is the richest and then there's District 1 and District 2, and they get poorer and poorer as you go down. Now about the title: There had once been 13 districts but the thirteenth decided to rebel and the Capital won a war against them. Ever sense the Capital has taken 1 boy and 1 girl from each District to compete in the Hunger Games. Enjoy!
          • ilove2read
            ilove2read3 months55 stars
            This book is amazing! I kept hearing about how amazing this book is so I decided to check it out, and now it is my favorite book! It is about Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, who has had a crush on Katniss for a while. After Katniss, who volunteers to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, a cometition where 12 boys and 12 girls battle each other until only one remains alive, she and Peeta are placed in a arena with other kids to battle. It is an amazing, thrilling book, with dystipian, action, and a bit of romance.
            • basketballanime
              basketballanime8 months55 stars
              I just love this book! It is basically about Peeta and Katniss who go into the games and have to act as "star crossed lovers" ever since Peeta confessed that he loved Katniss. Every year there is a thing called "reaping" it is a thing when two people male and female are chosen to fight in the "hunger games". But when Katniss' sister Primrose Everdeen gets called, chaos erupts. Katniss knows that she has to do something, so she volunteers as a tribute. Then Peeta gets called... They make it to the games safely, but they both have to survive, now that they are lovers... There can only be one victor. But when everyone else is dead, someone has to die... When Katniss finds the poisonous berries who will be the final victor? Peeta, or Katniss...
              • avacado367
                avacado3679 months55 stars
                This book is a fun action packed book staring Katniss Everdeen "The girl on fire!" This book is an exciting story filled with many plot twists and you will never want to put it down!
                • b00kn3rd101
                  b00kn3rd1019 months55 stars
                  This book is hunger-driven (excuse the pun) and delectably wonderful. Suzanne Collins is a genius. Now that there are also movie adaptations, I can't wait to compare them to each other. Recommend you read this book if you're into a dystopian book setting. Nice read when you want to escape reality.
                  • basketballanime
                    basketballanime10 months55 stars
                    The Hunger Games series are such a good series I love it it is so fast paced and really cool with all of the hybrid species like the "tracker-jacker" it is so amazing.