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Reading Power Book Club: The Hunger Games

Posted by Reading Power from Cardiff - Published on 01/03/2012 at 13:09
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To celebrate World Book Day we are launching Cardiff's first ever virtual book club.

The way it works is that on the first day of each month there will be a new title posted on theSprout for you to read. You just need to get hold of a copy of the book and join in the discussion by adding your comments to the article.

And what is the first book we're reading? The answer, my friends, is the first of Suzanne Collins' trilogy The Hunger Games, simply called The Hunger Games.

Set in an apocalyptic world the story is set in a Nation known as Panem, the remains of what used to be North America. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and 12 surrounding poorer districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As punishment for this rebellion one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected annually by a lottery to take part in a televised event called the Hunger Games where the contestants have to fight for survival. The rules are simple. Kill or be killed.

The book is told from Katniss Everdeen's perspective, a sixteen year old from the poorest district that volunteered to be a tribute to stop her younger sister from participating. Let the games begin.

Click here to read Stormer007's comprehensive summary of what makes this book so great.

Wow, what a book?! Have a read and add your comments below. Don't have a copy? Try your local library.

The reading Power virtual book club is brought to you in collaboration with Cardiff Council and Cardiff Libraries.

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Sprout Editor

Sprout Editor

Commented 51 months ago - 1st March 2012 - 12:14pm

The film is coming out this month. I better get reading! I just watched the trailer and it looks amazing.

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 51 months ago - 1st March 2012 - 12:36pm

As someone who's already read the book, I can assure everyone that it's amazing! Once I'd picked it up, I couldn't put it down! Within two days, I'd finished it!

I don't wanna post my critical thoughts about the book just yet, as it might spoil things for other people! But later on in the month?! There are essays to come!

Jeff the Fridge

Jeff the Fridge

Commented 51 months ago - 1st March 2012 - 19:14pm

my only problem with this book is how unlikable and annoying katniss is.

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 51 months ago - 2nd March 2012 - 14:11pm

I don't think Katniss is unlikeable, I think her despondance justgrows from her situation. If you were living in a dystopia where it always seems like people are trying to hurt you, and everyone is in competition for survival, you would be hesitant to form relationships with people as well. I think as the book grows, her more human natures starts to show. I like Katniss Everdeen a great deal.

Dorry0123

Dorry0123

Commented 51 months ago - 6th March 2012 - 16:36pm

read all three book and love them. hope the film will be just as good :D

Sambow

Sambow

Commented 51 months ago - 7th March 2012 - 19:40pm

I adore this trilogy! Maybe it's the dystopia craze that seems to be dominating teenage fiction at the moment but I think The Hunger Games is just absolutely brilliant.

I came to like every character in the book (Yes, even the Careers!) But especially Katniss. Her defiance and athleticism are quite empowering qualities in a teenage girl living in a world of oppression, and her determination as a character gave her a lot of depth which put her as one of my favourite protagonists of all time.

I really loved how I couldn't put the book down, and it does take a lot to really engulf me. Maybe it was just me but I felt completely taken over by the Arena and the Capitol, feeling the adrenaline and fear Katniss was feeling, and the remorse at certain losses (Will remain vague for the purpose of not spoiling it for you guys who haven't read it!).

I like how Collins dealt with the issues of oppression and corrupt government, it was made interesting and a bit gritty for teenage readers. I also appreciate how the subject of romance didn't deter from, or dominate, the original plot theme of heroism and the fight of "good" against "evil".

The world of Panem in itself is fascinating and the details included about each district, hunting and survival made the book so much more enjoyable, and believable.

It had me thinking a lot; would I do this if I was in Katniss' situation? Would we really do this to each other, kill or be killed?

I'd like to think the answer to the latter would be that we would refuse to lift a hand to each other, though given the situations of these teenagers it becomes apparent you might not always have the choice. And it's quite frightening, to think that we could actually turn that way, but boy does it make for a good read.

Maybe I'm being biased because I have just absolutely fallen in love with this book, but it is, simply put, brilliant! I urge anyone who has not already to read it. Naturally I've already booked my tickets for the film and hope it'll be just as great at the books! :D

katniss everdeen

katniss everdeen

Commented 48 months ago - 23rd May 2012 - 19:43pm

i've read the book and 2 me it was awsome i couldn't put the book dwn either its so kwl and me either katniss is not unlikable. i have also have seen the film it was awsome 2 i cryed i wont tell u y just incase no1 has read or seen the film. IT WAS AWSOME i lov peeta from it hes the best ever me and my friend lov him. recomend u read it or watch it.

katniss everdeen

katniss everdeen

Commented 48 months ago - 23rd May 2012 - 19:46pm

o and me and my friends have names grom the hunger games that we call ourself (im primrose) my friend is katniss and my other friend is rue. it was really funny i asked my friend who hasernt read or seen the hunger games do u want 2 b haymitch and she goes ok i was laughing me and my friend. coz haymitch is a drunken man. but now she is gale witch is wired i wont tell u y just in case.

katniss everdeen

katniss everdeen

Commented 48 months ago - 23rd May 2012 - 19:52pm

me and my friend thinks the chareters names mean something like katniss is a position flower and primrose is a flower 2. my friend thinks that peeta means like strong. i 4got what my friend said 2 me for gale i dunno. thats all i no 4 now so if u want 2 ask any questions or see what 1 of the names are ask me i might no

BB12549

Commented 47 months ago - 8th June 2012 - 14:57pm

Isnt Gale as in a gale of wind? anyway amazing book as soon as i finished it i just had to read the 2 other books

twilightcrazedxxx

twilightcrazedxxx

Commented 47 months ago - 10th June 2012 - 15:36pm

These books are amazing actually amazing doesn't describe it, it's way more! I Wish these books were mine, (I am borrowing them)! xxx

izzyd123

izzyd123

Commented 47 months ago - 6th July 2012 - 18:01pm

I really enjoyed this book, young people have been waiting for a film/book like this to come out for a very long time. It really brings in the reader and is a book I couldn't stop reading. I think Suzanne Collins is a wonderful author with an amazing imagination.

Dan (Sub-Editor)

Dan (Sub-Editor)

Commented 47 months ago - 6th July 2012 - 18:49pm

I'm not the sort of person to normally jump on the 'popular book bandwagon' (I hate Twilight... there, I said it!) but after reading Stormer007's introduction to The Hunger Games I knew I had to check it out! Dystopian world... rebellion... televised murder - this was a much darker book than I had expected.

That was a month ago. I have just finished devouring the entire trilogy and loved every one of them. I think the third book was my favourite - but all of them are so wonderfully dark, yet amazingly inspiring in getting your rebellious blood pumping. The best series of books I've read in a long while, so thanks Stormer007 for introducing me to Katniss Everdeen and world of The Hunger Games.

murphysmurphy

Commented 46 months ago - 8th July 2012 - 15:55pm

This book is really good and i usually read books by michael morpurgo. Also effie is realy funny in the film aswell as the book.

cupcake

cupcake

Commented 46 months ago - 8th July 2012 - 17:46pm

I saw The Hunger Games in the cinema first,then a couple of weeks ago i started reading the the first Hunger Games Trilogy im only on chapter 2 page 47, but so far it is amaxing and there is loads of detail in the book aswell ,more that the film! So far i much prefere the book than the film because it is something I wont stop reading!!

Bambi34

Bambi34

Commented 46 months ago - 9th July 2012 - 11:11am

I read the Hunger Games before I even knew there was a film coming out, and I have to say I loved them. I've probably read them about six times, and I'm reading them again now :L

Bubbles123

Bubbles123

Commented 46 months ago - 9th July 2012 - 22:23pm

The Hunger games is amazing! I saw the film before i read the book and I didn't think it would be that good but after i read them it was far better than what i atually expected :D Its one of those books where you can just read again and again and won't get fed up of!

Tyezer

Tyezer

Commented 46 months ago - 10th July 2012 - 14:55pm

I just finished this book. I read it on recommendation of this book club and it was even better than I expected! @Jeff the Fridge- I disagree that Katniss was unlikeable. I loved her!

I was wondering how the author would manage to keep the heroin likeable given the fact that they would inevitably have to kill people to stay alive. However, Collins made the characters so believable, sincere and down to earth that it made it easy to empathise with them and understand their choices.

I think the romance between Katniss and Peeta was the cleverest part of the book. The fact that they had to use their relationship as a tactic to stay alive, but in doing so grew very deep feelings for each other. Adding to the mix, Peeta already had feelings for Katniss and Katniss was unsure of her feelings towards her good friend Gale and it made for an incredible love story! I kept thinking about how Gale must have felt watching Katniss and Peeta's relationship on display for all the world to see.

I can't wait to read the next books, although before that I'm reading 'My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece'!

popsicle

popsicle

Commented 46 months ago - 10th July 2012 - 20:51pm

This is one of my favourite books due to the variation in the story line. I like the fact that its not all about killing or all about romance, I think the balance in the story line is what makes this book so great.

anna.ban.nana

Commented 46 months ago - 12th July 2012 - 15:37pm

i loved all 3 books especially hunger games, i think they're really well written. i loved gale and found him so likeable however in the film i preferred peeta. such a good story :D

twilight

Commented 46 months ago - 12th July 2012 - 19:00pm

this book is amazing i started off by watching the film but it was so amazing that i had to read the book as well. i have just started it and i think it is great. you can really put yourself in Katniss' shoes and follow her story really well. i would recomend this book to people who have seen the film and want to engage more with the characters. there is a very sad bit where rue dies and my heart dropped but it's a all round great book and i totaly loved it!!!

twilight

Commented 46 months ago - 13th July 2012 - 17:36pm

first of all i went to see the hunger games as a film in the cinima but then i loved it so much and i was told such good things that i had to go and read the book as well. it follows the story of a 16 year old girl who lives in a town that has to give a boy and a girl sacrifice every year. you follow the story of a girl called Katniss Everdean as she volatered to play in the hunger games to save her sister primrose. i toyaly loved this book and i would recomend it to everyone who is up for and adventure!!!

Tom_Bevan

Tom_Bevan

Commented 46 months ago - 17th July 2012 - 12:25pm

I don't like how it is written and didn't get on well with the narrator, but somehow I could not put it down.

happycoralshopaholic

Commented 46 months ago - 23rd July 2012 - 21:25pm

I got all 3 books on my kindle £2.99 or so, very cheap for the trilogy so if you have a kindle, i suggest getting them on it.
Now onto the book, I have only read part of it as I only started yesterday, so far Katniss has visited the Capitol for a make-over, and has just been revealed to her clothes. I didn't go and see the film as my parents didn't let me, but I did want to see it. So if I read all the books, I might be aloud to maybe.. MAYBE go and see it, hope I can!!

tiger-lily

Commented 46 months ago - 27th July 2012 - 11:00am

I've read this book and I think it's absolutely amazing! I didn't want to stop reading it. It really made feel like you were the Katniss and you were the one competing for your life! I haven't seen the film but I really want to now that I've read the book. I've also read The Hunger Games Catching Fire and Mockingjay and they were excellent!

R4ND0MP3RS0N2000

Commented 46 months ago - 27th July 2012 - 12:23pm

I LOVED the book and it was amazing not like any book I've ever read I started to read Catching fire and so far its good. I havn't watched the film and I don't really want to till i have read all the books.

happycoralshopaholic

Commented 46 months ago - 30th July 2012 - 21:40pm

Wow- this book was AMAZING! Now all i have to do is find Catching Fire and Mocking Jay, but sometimes I had trouble imagining what the characters looked like because there wasn't much description. Fox Face for example, has the got a black shinny nose or orange tail, it doesn't say so I did have to look for the girl from the film but otherwise BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

Secret_Me

Commented 46 months ago - 1st August 2012 - 21:16pm

This book is amazing! I think this is the best book in the trilogy as it is action packed but at the same time it really captures the emotion in key moments, like when Katniss volunteers and when she sings to Rue. It is really well written and makes you want to find out more!

laura.jayne

Commented 46 months ago - 3rd August 2012 - 21:31pm

After reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, i simply couldn't stop- reading the rest of the trilogy within a week. Reflecting on this novel, i cant deny that it is an incredible read, relating and connecting emotionally to the target audience. I believe the author had done an excellent job using quite difficult topics, such as death and corrupt governments and simplify them for a wide rang of audience to understand,she did this and never lost the seriousness of the topics. I would highly recommend this to anybody who loves to read, as the whole trilogy is extremely gripping. And to anybody who loves post-apocalyptic novels! (Even my mum loved it!) I also think that Suzanne Collins did an excellent job with her descriptions and her imagination is astounding! Basically i adore the whole trilogy, and they are one of my favorite book series Ive read!

Mopsar_Us

Mopsar_Us

Commented 45 months ago - 23rd August 2012 - 15:12pm

This trilogy is a MUST read for all fiction/fantasy fans. It is a very gripping story that pulls on many dark aspects to tell a thrilling story.

9/10 For the whole trilogy.

Note: The film really can't be linked to the books as the books are so amazing but the film just isn't=(

MediaManiac

MediaManiac

Commented 45 months ago - 25th August 2012 - 10:11am

This book is soo dramatic. Once I started reading, I literally couldn't stop. Suzanne, you are a true talent!!!!!

gumdropgirl

gumdropgirl

Commented 45 months ago - 29th August 2012 - 19:32pm

As soon as i picked up this book i knew that it was going to be one of those books that you just cant put down! I had read the trilogy within a week ! the books were written so well and i loved them but i didnt think the film was as good when i went to see it.It didnt have that much detail and it didnt flow very well but i enjoyed actually seeing the characters and the games.

emb789

emb789

Commented 44 months ago - 6th September 2012 - 14:28pm

I didn't like the way this books was written much, but I loved the content. I've read all three, but it's been a while since I've looked at the second and third books. It was a good story, but the book didn't quite do it justice

smurfgirl14/7

Commented 43 months ago - 18th October 2012 - 11:09am

What do u think about the endings of the books is it missing something or not? Do you think thats how it should end?

Personally I think there is something missing, like you can tell at the end of the first film the way Katniss is looking at Peeta and Gale it looks like she is not sure what she has done or if she wants it. she might think she wants it but she really want Gale, he might have be her best friend but maybe he wants to be more and i know she does too. So if I was her i would jump for the chance, but how does she choose it must be hard and in the end someone is going to be heart broken.

basha

basha

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd October 2012 - 11:24am

I've watched the film and read the book the book way better it explains it in more detail like the fact the wolfs at the end where the dead tributes

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 42 months ago - 17th November 2012 - 14:50pm

Read this series 3 times now!!!! LOVE THEM!!! :D

Buffy_Aurora

Commented 42 months ago - 3rd December 2012 - 09:39am

I didnt think I would like it, but then once I started to read them I loved them.

moll_teaser

moll_teaser

Commented 40 months ago - 11th January 2013 - 21:11pm

BEST BOOK EVER...i have read all three and they are AMAZING.......cant get enough of it :)

<3 JB+1D

<3 JB+1D

Commented 40 months ago - 12th January 2013 - 12:20pm

WHY DID SHE CHOOSE PETER??? It was very good but a bit 2 sad

moll_teaser

moll_teaser

Commented 39 months ago - 8th February 2013 - 09:27am

I LOVE PETER!!!

curlygirl

curlygirl

Commented 39 months ago - 28th February 2013 - 12:50pm

I watched the film it was amazing cant wait to see the nexr episode of the hunger games

Lilly2001

Commented 36 months ago - 12th May 2013 - 09:13am

I have read all the books two times each they are really good actually they are Amazing

b00kw0rm99

b00kw0rm99

Commented 34 months ago - 19th July 2013 - 18:03pm

I love this series of books sooooo much!!!! I have now read them 8 times and have seen the film 15 times!!! I have tshirts and a poster and a keyring and a phone sock and a mockingjay pin and I love them!!!!!

BookFanatic99

Commented 34 months ago - 20th July 2013 - 13:41pm

I think that this was a very good book. I have read all three books in the trilogy but I think that this is by far the best. I loved reading about Katniss and Gale's friendship and the blossoming relationship of Katniss and Peeta. I think that the characters were very likable. I also think that Katniss made a great main character and I liked the fact that she is very strong willed and knows what she wants. I would definately re-read this book in the future.

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