The Hunger Games YA book series – Will this become the next Harry Potter or Twilight?

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The Hunger Games, a science fiction novel by bestselling author, Suzanne Collins, was published on September 14, 2008. It has already become the hot book for teens, having received great reviews and even better word of mouth buzz. Although categorized as “Young Adult”, The Hunger Games, due to its violence, may be too intense for preteens. However, teens of all ages, and adults are eating it up. Two more books are planned to create a trilogy.

The Hunger Games takes place on Earth in the (hopefully) distant future. The actual games are a combination of the reality show “Survivor” and the Coliseum of Ancient Rome. From the book jacket:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

The heroine of the book is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She takes her sister’s place in the Hunger Games and then struggles with the fight to survive and life versus humanity and love. The overwhelming sentiment by nearly all readers is that they can’t put the book down. It is fast paced and action packed.

You can learn more about the Hunger Games at the Scholastic web site and at The Hunger Games on Amazon.

See also: 
Divergent YA Book to Movie Trilogy – The Next Hunger Games?
Hunger Games for Beginners: 25 Things to Know

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  1. Sounds like an interesting book. My daughters and I will have to check it out. Nice review!

  2. I JUST picked this up at the bookstore this afternoon and read the back cover. Man, I wish I had read the blog before I went, because I probably would have bought it! Bummer 🙁

  3. Topsytechie, you can still get it online. It is probably cheaper on Amazon than the bookstore to boot.

  4. This is a very dull book. IT’s so boring. I’m 13 years old and I abandoned reading it.It just has a nice cover.
    Pick anything else, Twilight, whatever.

  5. As they say, to each his own. I know many people that hated Twilight and Harry Potter.

  6. Twilight is a really good series (according to me) but it won’t be the next Harry Potter. Here are the reasons why:
    1) Twilight is about romance. Harry Potter is not.
    2) Harry Potter has 7 books. Twilight has 4.

    I think I’ve proved my point.

  7. Anonymous, I agree for the reason that Harry Potter was loved by both males and females whereas Twilight only by females.

  8. I resent that comment, I enjoyed twilight very much, and am not a girl! We can choose to like what we want right?

    -Anonymous, not the same one from above.

  9. I’m very sorry. I should have said “mostly” by females. Of course there are many guys that are enjoying the Twilight series, but it isn’t like Harry Potter where both sexes seemed to love it equally. The majority of readers are female.

  10. I love both of the series.

  11. I recently read this book and was awed by its detailed descriptions of things, I found myself unable to put it down and stop reading it. I however do not think this is the next twilight and or harry potter because this is a more mature book i would say. This involves more insight on societies then both harry potter or twilight and it also is more violent. I do love this book and would recommend it to anyone.

  12. Anon, thank you for your thoughtful review.

  13. i fell in love with the book by the forth page i couldn’t put it down for anything. I would say it is much better then harry potter (but im just not that into that kind of novel) and equal if not better then twilight. i have been searching the web to see how many books will be in this series but have not found anything. if you know anything about that please tell me!

  14. This is a good book, but it’s easy to find other books that I like more. Maybe it’s just not my kind.

  15. its a trilogy-3 books. the second one comes out on september 1st

  16. I’m your typical anti-book pseudo-rebellious 14 year old. I avoided reading this book for summer reading because I’m so awesome, but on Friday (two days ago), I was told we were gonna be tested on the book next week. Not hoping to see my GPA drop so soon into the school year, I rushed out to buy it and planned on reading 60 pages a day until Thursday night where I would force myself to ingest the material. After irritatingly rushing through the first few pages, I quickly grew engaged with the plot, and after a while more and more immersed with the story, and by the time I was barely a third into it, absolutely hypnotized. I read the first 200 pages or so yesterday and slept restlessly last night, dreaming of what would happen next, recapping the events in my dreams, placing myself in Katniss’s position. I woke up at 4 AM and finished the rest of the book in three hours. It’s 2 PM now and I can’t stop thinking about it. I never wanted it to end. I’ve already braced myself for another restless night knowing that a sequel is being released in two days. I read the sample chapter already and I can not wait any longer. I’m skipping basketball practice just to buy the book right after school and soak in the richness of another entry in what I’m sure will become the franchise to battle the Twilight and Harry Potter series. I’m a newbie in the world of literature and I know I’ll find “deeper” and more “grown up” pieces of work as I venue along, but it’s the PRESENT that matters, and at this very moment, The Hunger Games holds a dearly special place in my heart. I’m sure that even in my prime as I’m looking back to my stages of adolescence, I will not forget the impact it had on me, as I’m sure I will cherish it forever.

  17. It is absolutely wonderful when a book can have that effect on us. It is best when it happens with a series, so it isn’t really over. Once you experience this you say why so many people love to read. And the Hunger Games, as great as it is, is not alone. There are thousands of books that people can’t put down. I hope you enjoy the sequel just as much.

  18. I’ve read both Twilight and the Potter books and for me I LOVED AND ADORED THE TWILIGHT BOOKS MORE SO you know what DON’T COME DOWN ON TWILIGHT !
    Were all different and we all love different things SO THERE’S NOTHING BAD WITH THAT !
    I also liked Hunger Games but it needs a bigger fanbase like the Potter/Twilight series.

    TWILIGHT IS IT’S OWN FANDOM AND IT’S ALOT DIFFERENT THAN HARRY POTTER so Potter fans don’t get your panties in a twist.
    But THERE’S NO DENYING THAT THE TWILIGHT BOOKS HAVE THAT much power to the reader just like the potter books.

  19. who knows where twilight will lead. i remember when harry potter was first coming out, it was a nerdy junior high boys’ series, but now everyone likes it after so many books. maybe guys will jump on the bandwagon after the third book hits the theatres…

    if collins chooses to continue hunger games after the trilogy is over, she definitely has a potential as the next big series as well. but at the moment, capping it off as a trilogy isn’t going to lend itself to a franchise…

  20. hunger games lover :

    this book tells and an amazing fiction story. the first few chapters are slow but if you realy read the entire book you will get lost in the series. i read both hunger games and Catching fire (the scond book) in 8 days and im the kind of person whodoesnt read alot. I read this book like crazy when i saw this book i figured ohh my gosh ill never finish a 400 page book but i quickly learned other wise. now i cant wait till the 3rd book comes out.

    P.S. The book says their is alot of romance but it is drowned out by the action but their still is a bit of it so either side romance or action it still an amazing book. It contains alot of graphic senes that kids may not like i suggest 11 and up

  21. Thanks for your first-hand recommendation.

  22. I personally reccomend this to anyone with a functioning pair of eyes. If you lack such things, get the audio-book.

    In all seriousness, I loved it. It has the right balance of both romance and action that can keep both sexes enthralled.

  23. Loved it and I wish the series could go on forever! :]

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  25. the hunger games books really are amazing, much better written and more unique than twilight in my opinion

  26. I can honestly say that after reading this book I was completly stunned. I wanted more. So much more I couldn’t wait. I literally got off my couch and ran to the book store to look for the next book. The hunger games is a very well recomended book for young teens. It has lots of action, romance, and it has those dreadful cliff hangers that readers hate but make us cling onto the book flipping for more information. I really enjoyed this series and I am awating for the next book to come! I hope this review helped.

  27. omg, an amazing series!!!! Just finished the second book and can’t wait to get my hands on the last!!!! Almost all of my grade 9 english class has read it, even the boys!!!!

  28. If author Suzanne Collins has plans to continue the story after the third book, I honestly think the Hunger Games series has potential to be the next big book franchise. Why? I’ll give you one reason: I’m a 22 year old male and I’m enjoying it. It’s a story that appeals to all ages. The reading may be a bit simple for an adult but, again, the story is interesting and very engaging. Just started Book 2 and plan to buy Book 3 when it’s released on August 24th.

  29. I completely agree with you. It hasn’t quite reached that point yet, but I think once the first movie comes out, everybody will be reading the Hunger Games books.

  30. I was completely against reading this book. Thought it wasn’t my sort of book, but I told a friend that I would read it. I am so glad I did, because it is AMAZING! It is really a good book and one I couldn’t put down. I’m grateful she sent book two, because I can’t wait to start it! I’m a 33 year old mom of four and I know that this book spans not only gender, but age. I thinks anyone would love to read this book and I highly recommend it!

  31. how build muscle :

    What a great YA series, My nephew loves it even more than Harry Potter I think. He is really into science fiction and stuff and He doesn’t mind that a girl is the lead character, which made me so happy.

  32. I loved this book! I am goin to get the next one soon!I think it is as good as twilight because I have read ever book on twilight and a big fan this book was just as good!

  33. I don’t think that any thing can take the place of Harry Potter series. It is one of the unique story line that can never be beaten by any thing.

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