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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins | Teens
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/16/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by spfldjohn): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, April 16, 2012

8 out of 10

I got this trade paperback at a discount from Marshall's. It's the book on which the 2012 film was based, and has apparently become quite popular {wry grin}. The main plot, randomly-selected kids chosen to fight to the death as a mix of public entertainment and a reminder of government control, reminded me of several earlier works, from the Greek legend of Theseus with its tribute/sacrifice to the Minotaur to Stephen King's The Long Walk to the 1999 novel Battle Royale (which inspired a live-action film and a manga series). There's even a hint of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery". This book puts its own spin on the idea, to very good effect!

A key difference from the books I mentioned: participants in these games may receive benefits during the game from "sponsors", something that not only affects the course of the games but that allows some degree of communication, of sorts, between the competitors and the families and friends they left behind. [Another factor is the ongoing media coverage, much of which the competitors are allowed to see during the games; heroine Katniss uses this to her advantage a time or two.]

The majority of the story has to do with the difficulties of life in this world, of the resilience of Katniss in her attempts to support her family, and with the challenges of the games themselves, whether physical, strategic - or the more heartbreaking ones of whom to trust and for how long. I found myself liking Katniss, even when she wasn't being all that likable - her situation excused a lot of her behavior - and her abilities in woodcraft, herbalism, and hunting made her a far-from-helpless heroine. The other main characters were appealing as well, including some of the Capitol folk involved with the games - it was clear that not all of them were content to see so many young people forced to die for entertainment value. Hints of discontent and possible rebellion laid groundwork for later books, I imagine; in this one, it lent depth to the story.

It's difficult to set up a plot like this, where the whole point is that people are being forced to kill innocents just like themselves, and to keep the main characters sympathetic even though they do wind up killing - and to depict the joy at each success while not forgetting the cost, but I think it was achieved here. I'm glad I read this one!

[There's an extensive TV Tropes page for the series, with a link to a separate page for the film. Interesting info, but beware of spoilers.] 


Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/17/2012 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This book's going into my Based on the Book bookbox, with this book serving as the bookbox journal. The box will be on the way to the first participant soon. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 3 by haahaahaa98 at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, April 23, 2012

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Part of the "Based on the Book" bookbox that is travelling around the States. 


Journal Entry 4 by haahaahaa98 at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Friday, April 27, 2012

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/29/2012 UTC) at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

To be released as part of the "Based on the Book" bookbox. Sending it off! 


Journal Entry 5 by spfldjohn at Springfield, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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I hope to read this before I see the movie. 


Journal Entry 6 by spfldjohn at Springfield, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, January 17, 2013

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A good quick read. I hope to read the rest of the books in the series as well. 


Journal Entry 7 by spfldjohn at = Book Box in -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Released 5 yrs ago (3/8/2013 UTC) at = Book Box in -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Released in the ABC bookbox 


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