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Readers Respond: What do you think of The Hunger Games, Book One in the Hunger Games series?

Responses: 18


The Hunger Games, the first book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins has proven immensely popular with teens (and adults), as has the second book in the series, Catching Fire. The third and final book in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, is expected to be equally popular. Have you or your kids read The Hunger Games? Share your opinion of The Hunger Games. For what age range would you recommend it?

Another Similar Earlier Title

if some of you like The Hunger Games, actually the idea of pitting kids again each other to death is not a new idea. I suggest you read Battle Royale; it was published in 1999 in Japan. It is about a story where the (fascist) government in East Asia obliged high school students to kill each other.
—Guest almer.reyhan


—Guest nija

Not all is violence

I wouldn't say that this just all about violence. It's a great story that could relate to the world today. We're just here eating all the food we want while kids are working hard or even fighting just for food and survival. Also how governments could be so cruel to let any of these problems get overlooked. And the story tells how they fight for their rights as a person. Yes, there is violence but that's not all of it. I wouldn't think that kids that read this book would actually fight to the death unless no ones guides him/her to understand the book. It's a great story and I love the plot.
—Guest THG reader

The Hunger Games - Okay for Kids?

I read all three books in a week. I am 22 year old. I thought that this book was not for kids. But after thinking about it for a while, if the kids know right from wrong, these will be good books. When my little boy get older I will let him read this book.
—Guest lauren

Younger Kids and the Book and the Movie

The problem I find is that with all the hype, my gifted 8 year old wants to read them. She is reading the first one. I am fine with that but then comes the movie. Does anyone else feel that it's ok to read the books but the movie might offer too much intense imagery? I am afraid that she would have nightmares.
—Guest Lori Greenberg


I am 12 years old and I found this book really amazing. I am all for reading about dystopian societies and totalitarian governments, which is why this book appealed to me. The characters are diverse, and well developed, and the plot is original and is written well. Of course this is not on par with 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 (only the latter of which I've read, I regret to say) but is still quite good, and it is really refreshing to see something good and positive come out of YA literature since Twilight (gag). Yes, it is violent, but nothing too gory, and a fiction book shouldn't tailor how someone thinks. I would recommend it to ages 12 up.
—Guest SB

Hunger Games

I can't believe that there are people who still blame it on books and games... When there is violent behavior in a child, it is due to lack of attention or proper raising of the child, period. I remember my parents, always telling me while growing up that they taught me right from wrong and that I should always, of course, choose the right thing to do.... they knew me, they knew they had raised a good.daughter, a rightful daughter who respected her parents and her Lord (I'm a practicing Catholic), thus they were very confident that I'd always make the right choices... I've read almost everything that has fallen into my hands since I was 15 (I'm 31 now) including The Da Vinci Code, and so far I haven't killed anyone or turned against my church and beliefs. Yes, The Hunger Games is not easy reading, but if my kids were older I would allow to read them as long as I know they are mature enough to do so. I'm pretty sure they will approach me to clarify doubts just the way I did with my parents.
—Guest Dani

Concerned About Our Society

I absolutely can't believe that anyone thinks this is appropriate reading for children. What has happened to our society when reading about children killing children is considered entertainment! Have you all lost your minds? And you wonder why there is so much violence in our schools. Stop trying to be the cool, understanding mom or dad and start parenting! Stop poisoning your kids' brains with crap like this and they might actually grow up to be decent human beings!!!
—Guest Disbelief


I just finished reading the series; disturbing is the first word that comes to mind. It's well written, which I think makes it worse. The base premise is pitting children age 12-18 against each other to murder one another, regardless of the psychological impact of taking a human life (or 23 other human lives). I'm left unable to really put what I'm feeling into words - and I was left unsatisfied with the way Katniss dealt with the vote at the end of Mockingjay. It also begs the question: What would you do to survive? And in that it makes you wonder if you would turn into the monster that the government hopes you will...and how you and your loved ones deal with the aftermath of your survival at the cost of 23 other human lives in close, bloody combat.
—Guest Megan


I have just finished the series as a whole. I find myself internally conflicted with varying emotions, mostly about what the book suggests. The cruelty of man towards one another. We, living in America, are the Capitol people. They did not realize the way they were living was wrong, but it was. When there is not enough food to feed the districts, and they have feasts where throwing up to eat more is natural. People around the globe live on less than $2 a day. I picture our TV shows, such as American Idol and the X Factor just a couple steps down from the games. We buy so much into the stylistic choices, hooked on every word the judges have to say....the propaganda "they throw at us". They could easily evolve it to where we watch live deaths for a game as entertainment.. Just today a bill was passed by the Senate that Americans can now be contained indefinitely by the military. What happens when the characteristic of a "terrorist" tends to change to suit whatever the government chooses?
—Guest Camden Gilliam


I'm 12 and I read all three in about a week. I've read them all like 5 times. They are amazing!!!
—Guest Mak


It's a really good book - really catches your attention.
—Guest guest gues

Best Book in the Series

Though I do really like the other two. But this book grabbed me in a way that few books do. Just sucked me right into a world that seemed entirely plausible, especially in today's economic times--where the rich get richer and more oblivious. Katniss Everdeen is a major crossover character in that she is a heroine to a young male cousin of mine. In particular, the book is compelling in its combination of adventure story, social commentary, and strong female characters. The book is richly complex in its storyline and lacks predictability. One of my all-time favorites.
—Guest Keith Kron

The Hunger Games

Interesting to see a series which deals so well with ideas of manipulation, tyranny, and the need to kill to survive, and yet in a way that is incredibly accessible to young people. I disagree with Darcy G, as it seems to me that the adult characters are left deliberately blank, as they are not immediately understood by Katniss, and as such are portrayed in a different manner to those people with whom she can easily relate.
—Guest Hen3ry

Slightly Disturbing Future Concept

The idea behind the Hunger Games and it pitting children against children was slightly disturbing. I found the coverage of adults to be very vague. You never really understood easily that the mother was suffering from major depression.
—Guest Darcy G

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