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
2475 Book Reviews
  • sophiabaker11
    sophiabaker117 months55 stars
    I just finished reading this and I think its one of the best books ever, I mean everything about ti is amazing and how brave is katniss?!
    • dogonewspro
      dogonewspro8 months55 stars
      This book is a must read and a always one of my favourites. This book is the best dystopian book i have read , and i can wait to read the rest!!!!
      • bart
        bart9 months55 stars
        My friend told me to read The Hunger Games I said ok. It took me forever to get to the good part. When I was done I rate it 10/10. It was really sad, NO SPOILERS!!
        • moonlight2011
          moonlight20119 months44 stars
          cool! this book has 5 star ratings cos i think it's so interesting :-)
          • boonyang
            boonyang9 months
            Is it that good? our teacher wants us to choose a book for book report of 6th grade and I am dieting for a recommendation of a book
            • alexamder42
              alexamder4210 months55 stars
              The Hunger Games is a amazing book, truly the best way to get into adult/teen fiction. With a awesome plot and a very good storyline, Suzanne Collins has outdid herself with this book. Starting a new series to a page Turner and a gruesome and eventful book. The Hunger Games takes place in the late 21th century. In a country of dictatorship, and a hard and shallow life. 24 tributes from 12 districts must compete for their lives. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark will experience the time of their lives, with suspense, drama, and a unconditional case of love, will they make it through the Hunger Games know that blood will be shed, lives will be lost, and knowing that the power of the Captiol can over come them, do they choose to play by the rules, choose to find their own path. Will the 74th Hunger games be enough for the Captiol's satisfaction? Well find out in Suzzane Collins novel: The Hunger Games.
              • asaa
                asaa10 months44 stars
                The best part of the book by far is the ploy twists. The short little one sentence chapter enders that leave you wanting more. The end of part one is a perfect example. It establishes a fake relationship between Katniss and Peeta that slowly turns real. The only thing stopping Hunger Games from getting a five star review is the ending I just found it lacked that classic Hunger Games "oomph." that I love. This would be a bigger problem if this was teh final book, but I'm assuming "Catching Fire" will pick back up on Susan Collin's suspenseful masterpiece. Overall, I appreciated the book for its delicious darkness and ability to somehow retain constant suspense.
                • ellie_09
                  ellie_0911 months55 stars
                  OMG sooo good! It is pretty gory but 👍 for older readers!
                  • rosegranger13
                    rosegranger1312 months55 stars
                    Katniss Everdeen is taken from her home to be a tribute in the deadly Hunger Games after she volunteers for her sister. She will fight her way to success...we hope. Will Katniss survive in the arena along with 23 other tributes or die?
                    • sprinklesweetie
                      sprinklesweetie12 months33 stars
                      I don't recommend this book to kids under 10 or 11. it is really big and has some scary parts.
                      • bart
                        bart9 months55 stars
                        I am ten years old and I read this it's not that scary.
                        • moonlight2011
                          moonlight20119 months44 stars
                          i'm 10 and i read this book. it's not that scary.
                          • boonyang
                            boonyang9 months
                            I am 13.... great