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THE HUNGER GAMES

 

 

SUZANNE COLLINS

374 pages

2008

  1. TYPE: Adventure, Romance   

  1. SETTING: The story started with a grim and gloomy mood and it took place in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Panem, the ruins and what’s left of the former North America. The period of time is in the futuristic novels, with new and advanced technologies, yet possesses roots from the ancient Rome with its horse drawn chariots and names of the characters.
  1. MAIN CHARACTERS:
  1. Protagonist:
  • Katniss Everdeen- a sixteen year old resident of District 12 who volunteered as a tribute in the Hunger games. Acts as the head of her family. Volunteers in place of her sister during the reaping. One of the victors of the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Peeta Mellark- a boy tribute from District 12. Once helped Katniss in a crisis, and neither has forgotten. Baker’s son. Good with words and people. Has always loved Katniss from afar.
  • Gale Hawthorne- an eighteen year old resident of District 12. Katniss’s best friend and hunting partner. Father killed in the same mining accident that killed Mr. Everdeen. Promises to care for Katniss’s family when she leaves for the Games.
  • Primrose Everdeen- Katniss’s beloved twelve year-old sister. Chosen as tribute in the Hunger Games, until Katniss steps in to take her place.
  • Haymitch Abernathy- Only living victor from District 12, so is assigned to mentor District 12 tributes in the Hunger Games.
  • Rue and TreshGirl and boy tribute from District 12 who helped and became allies of Katniss in the arena.
  • Cinna- Katniss’s stylist in the Capitol, responsible for creating her signature look and identity as the Girl on Fire. Does not look or dress like other Capitol residents. Is quietly simple and kind.
  1. Antagonist:
  • President Coriolanus Snow- President of Panem. Looks kindly and gentle, but is actually brutal and cruel.
  • Seneca Crane- Head Gamemaker in the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games.
  • Cato, Clove, Glimmer, Marvel (aka the Careers)- Teens who have trained their whole lives, and attended special schools, in order to compete in the Hunger Games. Those not chosen in reapings volunteer to take the place of those who are.
  1. INTRODUCTION:

"...brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced...a futuristic novel every bit as good and as allegorically rich as Scott Westerfeld's 'Uglies' books."

--The New York Times, John Green

"The plot is front and center here—the twists and turns are addictive, particularly when the romantic subplot ups the ante—yet the Capitol’s oppression and exploitation of the districts always simmers just below the surface, waiting to be more fully explored in future volumes. Collins has written a compulsively readable blend of science fiction, survival story, unlikely romance, and social commentary."

--Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

"Themes of government control, "big brother," and personal independence are explored amidst a thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival, and adventure readers. The suspense of this powerful novel will keep the reader glued to the page long after bedtime."

--VOYA, Deborah L. Dubois

  1. POINT OF VIEW

The novel is written in the voice of 16-year old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America.

  1. SUMMARY OF PLOT
  1. Exposition:

In the District 12 called the Seams, Katniss Everdeen lives along with her sister Primrose and her mother in a house at the edge of the poor town. Her father, which is a former miner died in an explosion which devastated her mother, who then became unable to take care of her and her sister. Katniss was force to act as the head of her family and hunt for games and wild animals, using her skills in using bow and arrows, along with her bestfriend, Gale. Although the poorest of the 12 Districts, the Seams also have a few residents who are rich enough, like Peeta Mellark, whose family runs a bakery and has helped Katniss once and has loved her since, then Haymitch who lives in the Luxurious Victor’s Village as the only living Victor of District 12. [4]

  1. Conflict:

As a result of the past rebellion, the annual Hunger Games was born, wherein all the districts shall offer up one male and female tribute in the reaping day, to fight to the death in the arena. During the reaping day at district 12, everyone with ages 12 to 18 was anxiously gathered in the town square, guarded by the Peacekeepers, while their names are put inside the bowl, depending on the tesserae or extra food they purchase in exchange for more chances of being chosen. When Effie Trinket finally announced Primrose as the female tribute, Katniss immediately volunteered in her place, while Peeta Mellark is the chosen male tribute. After saying goodbye the two tributes along with Effie and Haymitch rode in a fancy train to the Capitol where they will be presented and trained for the upcoming 74th Hunger Games.[4]

  1. Climax:

After polishing, presenting, and training the tributes in the Capitol, they were transported in the arena designed by the Head Gamemaker Seneca. The brutal fights and deaths soon follow headed by the Careers and several lethal mutations like tracker jackers, and mutts. In the arena, Rue became Katniss’s close ally and heartbreak after being killed by one of the Careers, that always tails and has attempted to kill her several times. But after Seneca announced that two victors will be allowed, Katniss finds Peeta severely hurt and in need of supplies that can only be given by sponsors from the Capitols. [4]

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