The Hunger Games Trilogy

Topics: Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Pages: 10 (3803 words) Published: August 28, 2012
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The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

Author Suzanne Collins
Country United States
Language English
Genre Adventure
Science fiction
Young adult
Publisher Scholastic
Published 2008–2010
Media type Print (hardcover)

The Hunger Games trilogy is a young-adult adventure science fiction series written by Suzanne Collins. The trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.[1][2][3] The first two books were each The New York Times best sellers, and the third book, Mockingjay, topped all US bestseller lists upon its release.[4][5] By the time the movie The Hunger Games was released the publisher reported over 50 million Hunger Games trilogy books in print, including movie tie-in books.[6] The series recently ranked second, bested only by Harry Potter, in NPR's poll of the top 100 teen novels, which asked voters to choose their favorite Young Adult books.[7]

Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Structure
3 Plot overview
3.1 The Hunger Games
3.2 Catching Fire
3.3 Mockingjay
4 Origins and publishing history
5 Main characters
6 Critical reception
7 Film adaptations
8 References
9 External links

[edit] BackgroundThe Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of the current nations of North America, in a totalitarian nation known as "Panem". Panem consists of a hugely rich Capitol, located in what used to be the Rocky Mountains, and twelve (formerly thirteen) surrounding, poorer districts which are under the hegemony of the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically futuristic, but the twelve Districts are in varying states of poverty – the trilogy's narrator and protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, lives in the poorest District 12, formerly Appalachia, where people regularly die of starvation. As punishment for a rebellion generations previous against the Capitol wherein twelve of the districts were defeated and the thirteenth purportedly destroyed, every year one boy and one girl from each of the remaining twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery and forced to participate in the "Hunger Games". The Games are a televised event where the participants, called "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The winning tribute and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely with food and plenty. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a warning to the Districts to remind them of the Capitol's power and lack of remorse.

[edit] StructureEach book in The Hunger Games trilogy has 3 sections of 9 chapters each. Collins says that this format comes from her playwriting background, which taught her to write in three acts. Her previous series, The Underland Chronicles, was written in the same way, as Collins is "very comfortable" with this structure. She sees each group of nine chapters as a separate part of the story, and comments that she still calls those divisions "act breaks".[8]

[edit] Plot overview[edit] The Hunger GamesMain article: The Hunger Games The Hunger Games follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her younger sister Prim. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy who developed a secret lifelong crush on Katniss the moment he laid eyes on her as a child. They are mentored by District 12's only living victor, Haymitch Abernathy, who won the Games 24 years earlier and has since assumed a solitary life of alcoholism. Peeta professes his love for Katniss in a television interview prior to the Games, leading the Capitol to portray Katniss and Peeta as "star-crossed lovers". This revelation surprises Katniss, who actually harbors feelings for her hunting...
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