Hunger Games

Click here for author’s website.

The electrifying novel, Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, should be one you are already familiar with. If not, where have you been? This is one of the most thrilling examples of strong female characters that I have ever read.

Katniss and her family live in a future world where each year children are thrown into an arena and fight to the death. To save her little sister, Katniss volunteers to be her district’s girl representative. At this point in the story, Katniss is a girl who breaks the rules to help her family survive. She is independent and strong outside, but inside she is not as sure of herself.

In the arena, Katniss continues to break rules. She does what she needs to do, but she also makes friends and creates a romance that has to appear real, but that she denies. Deep inside, however, she does have feelings for Pita and knows that only one of them can win. When it gets to that point, Katniss again breaks the rules.

This book not only will never let you put it down, it will make you want to stop breathing until you reach the end. Make sure you have the next two books nearby when you finish Hunger Games because you won’t want to wait an instant before reading on.


March 19, 2013: Here’s an awesome persuasive essay of Hunger Games done by two of my students for Novel Madness 2013

Hunger Games

by Kayla and Caroline

Imagine silently flying through the woods, barely touching the pine needles that litter the ground, with a bow and arrow strapped to your back, while fireballs catapult toward you. You glance up as your mom calls your name from downstairs. Oh right, you were just reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Some people might think that The Hobbit is an interesting book; however, everyone knows The Hunger Games has a very thrilling plot that entices anyone that reads it. This book is superior because it is completely unexpected, is very relatable, and teaches readers important lessons about making life-altering choices.

Although a couple people may say that The Hobbit has a good storyline, more people know The Hunger Games is entirely unexpected. Throughout the book, Suzanne Collins included numerous surprising events that no one would be able to guess. This keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, asking what will happen next.  For example, mechanical mutts made in the Capitol ambushed the main characters, Katniss and Peeta, during the Games. This came as a huge shock because they found out that the mutts had the same eyes as the dead tributes. A review on “Goodreads” states that The Hunger Games contains many earth-shattering shocks. Although the earth may not actually break into pieces because of this book, your heart just might.

A few people may think The Hobbit is a likable book; however, everyone knows The Hunger Games is very relatable. Since this book has SO many significant characters, both main and supporting, it is fairly easy to connect to any of them. For example, you can relate to Cinna, Katniss’s stylist, with his gold eyeliner and refusal to fully support the Capitol or Rue, Katniss’s first ally. The Hunger Games has been recognized for its descriptive language. During the whole book, you feel as if you’re in the Games. Since it’s in the first person perspective, it’s really easy to get inside Katniss’s head and know what she thinks about her whole ordeal.

Even though some people might feel The Hobbit is a good read, The Hunger Games teaches an important lesson. Throughout the story, Katniss has to make some difficult choices that could change her life. She had to decide to volunteer as a tribute in her sister’s place, as well as other decisions. Katniss learned to trust others and listened to her heart. These are important characteristics because, for one, trust is a very valuable trait. Listening to yourself, and not others, can lead to making the right choices for you personally. Do you think that our opposing book can teach these kinds of things?

You can clearly imagine every scene in this book. The Hunger Games is a five-star book because it is completely unexpected, is very relatable, and teaches readers important lessons. You won’t want to miss this amazing novel. So we know what we’re going to vote for, but do you?

24 thoughts on “Hunger Games”

  1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:10 am

    I absolutely love this book! I’m sure to read it again. I really like how Suzanne Collins’s descriptions in the book series. I love the poster for the movie for the book! And I think that Peeta’s name is spelled with two ‘e’s.

    1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:15 am

      I agree with you, this book made me want to never have an end to that book. The second I read it, i couldn’t bear to put it down.

      1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:10 am | In reply to Valerie.

        Have you read Catching Fire yet? I had to borrow it from a student because I could NOT wait to read more! Then I had to wait for Mockingjay to come out, but I got it the day it was released. A wonderful trilogy.

      2. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:16 am | In reply to mrsulleseit.

        I have read Catching Fire and Mockingjay last year and now, i feel like i should reread it before the movie comes out

  2. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:14 am

    It is incredible indeed – Powerful verbs mixed in with descriptive detail draw them in, entertaining the reader every step(or word) of the way, Emotional, and romantic conflicts plague the characters, and shows a realistic side of death and gore. Unexpected turns and conspiracies, combined with fierce powers and suprises. Rebellion, murder, torture, tyranny. All that, and more.
    If you didn’t read this, you are either R-tarded or living under a rock for your entire life.

    1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:18 am | In reply to Albert.

      I know right! The book is amazing! It has very strong actions and the gore is horrifying!

      1. Submitted on 2011/09/28 at 9:46 am | In reply to Samantha.

        It honestly wasn’t that horrifying, but it was still considerably violent for a young adult book. Also, the considerable amounts of detailed actions did make it interesting and entertaining.

  3. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:20 am

    I am very inspired by this book for new stories! I love the descriptions and the gore a little. I do not know why though… ahaha… I like the character, Rue! She is so cute but strong at the same time

  4. Submitted on 2011/09/22 at 10:59 am |

    I need more. I NEED MORE! I’m searching for fanfictions about the Hunger Games, but no particularly interesting ones showed up…yet. So I need a second series, or SOMETHING TO FIX MY RAVES! D:! Until a really, really good sci-fi book comes out, I’m going to be practically burning through my poor fantasy books to sate my hunger!

  5. Submitted on 2011/09/27 at 9:43 am |

    And I ran out of fantasy books to burn through with my incredible abiltiies of extremely fast reading. Obviously, this is a absolutely bad state of changes, because without books to read through, I require more things to read. This is absolutely bad. TERRIBLE, I TELL YOU! TERRIBLE!

  6. Submitted on 2012/05/09 at 7:28 pm

    From Cristina and Jacob:

    The Hunger Games is a book by Suzanne Collins. It is about Katniss being a tribute instead of Primrose. Katniss and Peeta going into the hunger games. It is a kind of book that if you don’t read on you will be urged to.
    The Hunger Games is also a movie. Most books don’t get made into movies. Also, as a movie The Hunger Games was number one in box office for about two months. So The Hunger Games was a popular book and movie.
    In the Novel Madness month, The Hunger Games got number five in the top 16 in our class.
    The Hunger Games is the best book we have ever read. It is such a good book that even though it has 374 pages, we still want to read it. Some books may not hook you in when you read it, but The Hunger Games does.

  7. Submitted on 2012/05/10 at 4:49 pm

    This book was one of the best books ever! When I read the first few chapters, I became strongly motivated to finish the book before the movie started. And I did. I finished it one day before the movie came out. 🙂

  8. I love the book so much! It is one of the most greatest books I’ve read. I liked how the author used a lot of descriptive words. While I was reading it, the book really made me feel like I was watching the Hunger Games with my own eyes. If I was Katniss, I probably knew I had to volunteer for Prim, but I would be so scared to do it. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it.

  9. I absolutely love this book! The first and the second books are my favorite. The third, I abandoned. Haymitch is my favorite character, he always gets drunk. I can’t wait to get the DvD of the movie

  10. The novel, The Hunger Games is an action packed story with love, romance, bravery, and sacrifices. When I just read the first five chapters, I was sucked into the story. I couldn’t stop reading it. Every day, I continued reading the book right after I finished my homework. I was able to finish the book in four days even though I am a slow reader. My favorite part of the story was when Katniss and Peeta, were at a showdown against Cato while being chased by dead monster tributes. It had so much action that my heart started to beat as fast as a train.

  11. The Hunger Games is probably one of the best books I’ve read since Maximum Ride. It’s so intense and breathtaking that I read it every chance I got. I am extremely anxious to read the sequel.

  12. The Hunger Games is great, even though I haven’t finished it yet. Some parts in the book have a great description of the setting, but some don’t. It’s so nice for Katniss to save her sister, Primrose, by volunteering as tribute.

  13. The Hunger Games is one of the top ten books i read for 2012. Some parts of the book give lots of descriptions and i can make out a movie about what has happened. However, in the first few chapters it’s really unclear and I had to reread what had just happened 2-3 times.

  14. I think think the Hunger Games was an amazing book. You guys did a really good job on Novel Madness. Congrats!

  15. I love the speech! It really made me motivated to go and read the book. That speech of yours should have gotten you to the finals. Hunger Games is a really great book because of the emotion and very descriptive words it brings. You can relate to how Katniss feels.

  16. Hunger Games is an amazing book. You two did a great job writing the speech. I think that you two should’ve made it further into the competition. Great job

  17. Amazing job on your speech Kayla and Caroline! You guys really hooked me into your speech at the very beginning. You gave amazing points on why I should vote for your book. You guys really kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the speech. I felt like that I wanted to read that book a hundred times! 🙂

  18. nice job on your speech. i think it was almost fantastic as the hobbit. A little more beefing into your speech like the 2nd paragraph would beat hobbit. other wise nice job. You hooked me in the first paragraph as well. Nice descriptive verbs and such.

Leave a Reply