#1 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)
[1257 points - 23 #1s, 36 #2s, 25 #3s, 29 #4s, 23 #5s, 8 #6s, 16 #7s, 11 #8s, 7 #9s, 11 #10s]
"I have not felt this excited about a book in such a long time, it is one of the most amazing books I have ever read." Amber Reed, Librarian
"I recently read this, but it has become one of the best dystopian books I have ever read in a young adult manner. In my opinion, it is anything but young adult. A MUST read for anyone who likes a little adventure." Kelcie Pegher, reader.
"This book gives new meaning to gripping. Katniss's struggles are almost tangible in their portrayal and the stark paucity of the Capitol's grip on Panem is unparalleled. The best YA dystopia ever." Jacob, reader.
"It is epic! It keeps you guessing, and is so intelligently written. It was the first book to move me to tears in a while. Simply amazing. It will be a standard that all YA books will try to match for the next 10 years." Melanie Shoemake, reader.
"I was skeptical about this because I'm not really into sci-fi, but I don't think I've ever read a book as fast as I did this one. I literally could not stop reading it. I've recommended it to many friends and family members; each one that has read it enjoyed it just as much as I did! The story was so different and usual that it kept me going. I was so sad to reach the end of a great book but then I was excited to see there would be a sequel!" Susan, reader.
"Collins has the ability to write a story that keeps you intensely interested the entire way through. I didn't believe that I would like this book, but as soon as I was ten pages in I was hooked. It's frightening to think about the possibility that the world could turn into this place called Panem. The heroine of this story and her plight makes you root for her every step of the way." Liz, reader.
"Gore! The end of society! The female protagonist who can totally look after herself! God, I would have loved to have read this growing up." Francesca, reader.
"What an exciting take on dystopian futures. A little bit of Battle Royale and The Truman Show all at once." Kristal LeMaistre, reader.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place. SuzanneCollinsBooks.com
Seven hundred and thirty five people volunteered their ten favourite YA novel titles of all time. Only one could be the winner and it was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Not only did this novel win, but it won convincingly by well over 300 points. A popular and critical success, this novel was chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), New York Times Notable Children's Book of (2008), Publishers Weekly's Best Books of The Year and ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009).
The first in a three title trilogy, this dystopian story traced the adventures of the rebellious Katniss Everdeen from District 12. In entering the Hunger Games on her sister's behalf she fought for survival, her family, Peeta, her district and all the disenfranchised within Panem. In becoming a focal point of the rebellion she has the chance to make a better life for all...if she can survive.
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Please return tomorrow as I present the list in its entirety (including a copy you can save as your own) as well as a break down of the results. In 2011 I will be conducting this poll again to see how our choice evolve (or don't) so please keep an eye on Persnickety Snark so you can have your say in the future.
Thank you for following the results so carefully. It's been an interesting list of both popular and critical favourites but more importantly it brings forgotten novels to the fore and brings new light to titles we might have dismissed. Thank you.