The population of Panem is divided into 12 districts. Katniss Everdeen is stuck in district 12- the poorest of them all. Katniss Everdeen became responsible for her younger sister and sick mother when her father died in a mining incident. The Capitol is in complete control over the districts. They maintain this control by making sure that the districts fear them. This fear is brought by The Hunger Games- Annual games that children from the districts are forced to “play” in. The Capitol puts on the games every year as a reminder of the uprising that happened long ago. The children are forced to kill each other until only one is left. That solo survivor is the winner. This means that every year 23 innocent 11-18 year olds die. The only way for the districts to gain power is to succed in an uprising. Katniss is forced to put her life on the line for strangers- for the sake of her sister, Prim. She gains power and friends- but at what price? When you could lose everything, at any moment, how far would you go to win?
There are three books in this series. ( The Huger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) Of course, I couldn’t say much about the other two without giving something away. This is definitely my favorite series. These books have received many honors such as: INDIES CHOICE—BEST INDIE YOUNG ADULT BUZZ BOOK HONOR, 2008 CYBIL AWARD—FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK, BARNES & NOBLE BEST BOOKS OF 2008 FOR TEENS AND KIDS and many, many more. For the full list of honors, as well as information about the other books, visit here: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/
And as most of you probably know, the first movie of the trilogy was released recently. ( A book to movie translation review coming soon!) Suzanne Collins has another series called The Underland Chronicles. Information about this series is also listed in the website above^