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.

Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published on September 1, 2009 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 9780439023481
2474 Book Reviews
  • nbb2011
    nbb201112 days55 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
      ilove2read30 days55 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
        basketballanime6 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
          avacado3677 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
            b00kn3rd1017 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
              basketballanime7 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.
              • nahemawangai220
                nahemawangai2208 months55 stars
                It was a really nice book to read. The plot and characters really stuck out to me. The fact that Peta and Katniss are forced to almost kill each other is a nice twist.
                • doglover346
                  doglover34610 months
                  I really wanna read this book!!!!!
                  • meggles202020
                    meggles20202010 months44 stars
                    The hunger games is the yearly torcher. Katniss Everdeen lives with her mom and her little sister Prim in district 12. The capital holds the hunger games every year. Each district has to put one boy and one girl in the Hunger Games. The Hunger games is a hands-on fight to the death with no escape. The last kid standing wins. When little Prim is chosen Katniss had to step in and she had to get sent to the Hunger Games. Will Katniss with her talent with a bow and arrow beat the Hunger Games?
                    • sophiabaker11
                      sophiabaker1110 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?!