Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.
2008 New York Times Notable Children’s Book
2008 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
2008 Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller
2008 Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2008: Children’s Fiction
2008 Cybil Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction
2008 Kirkus Best Book
2008 School Library Journal Best Books
2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice
2008 LA Times Favorite Children’s Books
2008-2009 (Winter) #1 Children’s Indie Next List
2009 ALA Notable Children’s Book
2009 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
2009 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project List
2009 Indies Choice for Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book Honor
2009 Children’s Choice Book Award
2009 ALA YALSA Teens’ Top Ten
2009 New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age
2009 CCBC Choices
2010 USA Today Bestseller
Teen Choice Book of the Year Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Selected to participate in the Hunger Games, Katniss knows that in order to win she has to survive the harsh environment of the arena and kill off all of the other players, regardless of whether they're friends or enemies.
It’s not enough that Katniss has to fight for her life everyday, risking death in order to sneak out of town so she can hunt and gather in the woods. Now she’s in the biggest fight of her life: the Hunger Games. Televised throughout the districts, Katniss knows everyone will be watching her and she also knows SHE HAS TO WIN. Winning means ensuring her future and her family’s survival as well as helping out her town. But winning also comes with a price: Katniss is pitted against someone else from her district, a boy named Peeta who once snuck her a loaf of bread when she had nothing to eat.
In order to win the Games and save her own life, will Katniss be able to kill the boy who may be in love with her…the boy who may be her only true ally…the boy who once saved her and her family from starvation? Even if Katniss lives through the Games, can she live with her guilt?
“May the odds ever be in [her] favor!”
*This book was recommended to me by Nicole (19 years old) because it's "the best book in the series...there's more adventure and depth" in the first one compared to the others. For her, the novel revolves around Katniss's decision, essentially "sacrificing everything for [her sister] Prim and then having the added burden of not letting her or the town down on top of simply trying to stay alive".*
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