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Collins hasn't tied her future to a specific date, or weighted it down with too much finger wagging. Rather less and rather more Death Race , hers is a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost.
It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It's a credit to Collins's skill at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable.
She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It's no accident that these games are presented as pop culture.
Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem—which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent—may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. In the nation of Panem , established in the remains of North America after an unknown apocalyptic event, the wealthy Capitol exploits the twelve surrounding districts for their natural resources and labour.
The story is narrated by year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12, who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her year-old sister, Primrose. The male tribute is Peeta Mellark , a former schoolmate of Katniss who once gave her bread from his family's bakery when her family was starving. In the days leading up to the Games in the Capitol, they are given advice by their drunken mentor, Haymitch Abernathy , the sole living District 12 victor of the Hunger Games; chaperone Effie Trinket ; and various stylists to enhance their public perception to get potential sponsors, who will send potentially life-saving gifts during the Games.
Katniss's stylist, Cinna , designed special costumes for Katniss and Peeta that set them apart from the tributes when introduced to the public. During their evaluation by the Gamemakers, Katniss unexpectedly gets the highest score among the others. Meanwhile, Rue, the petite year-old girl tribute from District 11, follows Katniss and Peeta around during the training sessions. On the day before the games, in the televised interview with Caesar Flickerman , Peeta reveals his long-unrequited love for Katniss; she is initially shocked by this and believes this is a ploy to gain sponsors, but later accepts this as sincere.
Haymitch then promotes their image as " star-crossed lovers ". The Games begin, and nearly half the tributes are killed in the bloodbath at the start, fighting over the weapons and supplies throughout the arena. Katniss disregards Haymitch's earlier advice to flee immediately and nearly dies, but uses her well-practiced hunting and survival skills to hide in the woods. After a few days, an artificial fire drives Katniss toward the others. She is spotted and treed by the "Careers" tributes and Peeta, who seems to have allied with them.
Their venom kills one of the careers and drives the others away, but Katniss is stung and begins hallucinating. Peeta returns, but instead of killing her, tells her to run away. Katniss later forms an alliance with Rue, but Rue is fatally wounded by another tribute while Katniss destroys the careers' supplies.
Katniss kills Rue's killer with an arrow, and accompanies Rue as she dies and spreads flowers over the body to show her defiance against the Capitol. In gratitude, Rue's district sends Katniss a loaf of bread.
A rule change is announced, allowing the tributes from the same district to win as a pair. Katniss finds and nurses a wounded Peeta who later revealed that he formed an alliance with the careers to protect Katniss , acting the part of a girl in love to gain gifts.
When the Gamemakers send a delivery of what each contestant needs most, Katniss risks her life to obtain medicine for Peeta. She is intercepted by a career tribute Clove, who gloats over Rue's death and tries to kill Katniss, but is killed by Thresh, the male District 11 tribute, who spares Katniss for Rue's sake.
The medicine saves Peeta's life, and they both spend time hunting and collecting food. Katniss and Peeta become the last two survivors, but the Gamemakers revoke the rule change to force one to kill the other for a dramatic finale.
In defiance, Katniss prepares to consume the poisonous "nightlock" berries with Peeta. Realizing they intend to commit suicide so that there will not be a victor for the games, the Gamemakers declare Katniss and Peeta the victors. Although both of them receive a hero's welcome as a couple, Katniss is warned by Haymitch that the Capitol may take action against her for her defiance.
Along the way back to District 12, Peeta is heartbroken to learn that Katniss' actions were part of a calculated ploy to gain sympathy. Katniss, however, is unsure of her own feelings and her future. In an interview with Collins, it was noted that the novel "tackles issues like severe poverty , starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others. Katniss needs to hunt to provide food for her family, resulting in the development of skills that are useful to her in the Games such as her proficiency with the bow and arrow , and represents her rejection of the Capitol's rules in the face of life-threatening situations.
The choices the characters make and the strategies they use are often morally complex. The tributes build a personality they want the audience to see throughout the Games.
Miller writes:. A brutal social hierarchy prevails, with the rich, the good-looking, and the athletic lording their advantages over everyone else. To survive you have to be totally fake.
Adults don't seem to understand how high the stakes are; your whole life could be over, and they act like it's just some "phase"! Everyone's always watching you, scrutinizing your clothes or your friends and obsessing over whether you're having sex or taking drugs or getting good enough grades, but no one cares who you really are or how you really feel about anything.
Donald Brake from The Washington Times and pastor Andy Langford state that the story has Christian themes, such as that of self-sacrifice , which is found in Katniss' substitution for her younger sister, analogous to the sacrifice of Jesus as a substitute for the atonement of sins. After writing the novel, Collins signed a six-figure deal for three books with Scholastic.
The novel is the first in The Hunger Games trilogy ; it is followed by sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay In March , during the time of The Hunger Games film's release, Scholastic reported 26 million Hunger Games trilogy books in print, including movie tie-in books. Suzanne Collins is the first children's or young adult author to sell over one million site Kindle ebooks, making her the sixth author to join the "Kindle Million Club".
An audiobook version of The Hunger Games was released in December Read by the actress Carolyn McCormick , it has a total running time of eleven hours and fourteen minutes. However, she may rely too much on the strength of the prose without providing the drama young adult listeners often enjoy. The Tim O'Brien -designed cover features a gold " mockingjay " — a fictional bird in The Hunger Games born by crossbreeding female mockingbirds and genetically engineered male " jabberjays " — with an arrow engraved in a circle.
The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips. The Hunger Games has received critical acclaim. In a review for The New York Times , John Green wrote that the novel was "brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced", and that "the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins's convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine.
He gave the book a B grade. The Hunger Games is amazing. The Hunger Games received many awards and honors.
At that point, it was mentioned to me, and I asked my editor if I should read it. He said: Just continue with what you're doing'. In March , Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a co-production agreement for The Hunger Games with Nina Jacobson 's production company Color Force, which had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the novel a few weeks earlier.
Twenty-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence was chosen to play Katniss Everdeen. Catching Fire , based on the second novel in the series, was released the following year on November 22, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Hunger Games North American first edition cover.
See also: The Hunger Games universe. Main article: The Hunger Games film. Children's literature portal Novels portal s portal. August 26, Retrieved February 12, June 9, Publishers Weekly. What can I say? Perfection doesn't interest me. Innocence doesn't interest me, especially in a dystopian setting, where brutality is law-enforced. It just doesn't convince me, is all. Having said all that, I simply cannot fault Collins' amazing ability to build suspense.
I'll put a pin in the excruciatingly boring first pages, and say that the portion of this book that featured the actual Games was just thrilling. The prose was sparse, with the feeling of unedited thought; I love that. A lot of people don't, but I do. Actually, come to think of it, Collins' writing was stellar overall.
I'm a huge fan of first person present tense, especially during snappy and gripping action scenes, of which this book had many. These books just piss me off. I don't know what it is. The setting was smart and well-drawn, the anti-violence message was clear and good, and despite being a constant annoyance, Katniss was a fiercely independent and capable female character.
This I greatly appreciate. It's not a bad book, by any means, but I'm just not a fan of it. Aside: I have to laugh, kittens, because a lot of people need to crack open a history book before they make wild claims about the form of government going on here. Numero uno: the government system is not fascist.
Please, don't say that it is. It just isn't. At all. It also isn't Marxist, either. I'm not a fan of Marx or his boyfriend Frederick, but don't shame the man and his gratuitous beard. It's more like a very obscure form of Stalinism but without the weird foreign policy.
In fandoms like this, the naysayers are never without backlash. I've run into a fair few people who scream about how insane I am for not being in all-consuming love with this book as if three stars is suddenly a bad rating! Honestly, I don't really care if you loved the book. Sure, if you did, that's great. It's brilliant when people can enjoy the written word, and this book is not terrible, I did not hate it, and if I had never read any dystopian before it I would probably lobotomy-fangirl over it until I died.
But right now it isn't for me. Another aside: I ended up reading CF in full because a friend forced me to.