The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

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Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford Connecticut. After moving tons of times during her childhood, she finally settled in the south where she attended then graduated from The Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1980. She then attended Indiana University in 1985. She was a double major in theater and telecommunications. After that she went on to New York University to get her masters in writing. She moved into writing many children television shows such as "Little Bear" and "Clarissa Explains It All". She was then hired as a head writer of a big TV program after they noticed her work. The man who hired her inspired her to be a writer, which caused her to write books such as the series "The Underland Chronicles", which consists of five books. She also wrote the entire "Hunger Games" trilogy. Suzanne Collins is a great writer and is being waited on for her to write more.

Main Characters

Katniss Everdeen: This is the narrator of the book. She is a somewhat older contestant in the Hunger Games. Being District 12's female, she was raised in a very poor family with her mother and little sister. She is a very brave girl with amazing talent with a bow and arrow. Katniss lives to feed and protect her family, doing anything to protect her little sister, Primrose.


Peeta Mellark: Being the male of District 12, Peeta was raised by a baker, with more money than Katniss, and is very strong. Peeta has a strong love for Katniss, which started when both Katniss and Peeta were young. In the games, Peeta will do almost anything to protect Katniss.


Cinna: This is Katniss's dresser for the beginning of the games. Being the only "normal" guy at the capital, he prepares Katniss for the audience and all of her other troubles.


Cato: A strong, "BA" guy from district 2. He is the leader of what Katniss calls the Career Pack. He is aggressive and has no mercy.


Rue: This is the little tiny girl from District 11. She has crazy nature talents, knows almost everything about the land, and is very sneaky and quiet. Katniss first meets her at the capital, and somewhat "adores" her.

Conflict/Plot Teaser

In the Hunger Games, there are 12 districts who all have different "duties" to support the whole country. For example, District 12 is the coal mining district and supplies all the coal. Every year two contestants, male and female, from each district are randomly selected to participate in the games. All 24 contestants will be put in an arena and be watched by the whole country. In the arena, the 24 of them will try to survive and will fight to the death. Watch Katniss Everdeen, who will do anything for her little sister, attempt to survive in the harsh conditions. Only "one" will survive....

Passage From "The Hunger Games"

"Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch - this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. 'Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did District Thirteen.'" (Collins 18-19)


This powerful quote explains why the Hunger Games happen every year. The games happen because the Capitol doesn't want people do try to escape or do something wrong. So to prevent that, they show "who's boss" by killing 23 of the districts' children. What this means is that these Hunger Games are pretty much controlling the districts.

Who Wants To Read This Book?

"The Hunger Games is a book for almost all readers. I would say that the age this book was made for, was between 12 and 35 years old. That would be the "hot age" for the book. But anyone who loves great books with action, intensity, awesome story lines and even love, would enjoy reading this book.


p.s. My 12 year old sister, and 49 year old step mom both loved this book.

My Opinion

I loved this book! Honestly, this book is probably my favorite book of all time. I'm not a huge reader but I opened this book and couldn't put it down. I liked this book because of the "dramatic" action and just the whole idea of 24 people fighting to the death and only one person could win. This book is amazing!

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Work Cited

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print. The Hunger Games Trilogy.

"Suzanne Collins Biography." Bio. True History. A+E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 May 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/suzanne-collins-20903551>.