How to Read Young Adult Literature Like a Young Adult Writer/Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games[edit]

The Hunger Games is a young adult science fiction novel by Suzanne Colins. There are three novels in the series: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

It is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future in a country called Panem in the remains of the USA, separated into fourteen administrative regions. There are thirteen districts (District 1, District 2, District 3 etc.) and the capital, Capitol. Each district specializes in something, e.g. mining, fishing, electronics, and supplies this to the Capitol. Seventy-four years before The Hunger Games the districts rebelled against the Capitol, but were beaten, all apart from District 13 which was supposedly destroyed, and now have to pay the price of their rebellion. Every child in each district is entered into "the reaping". Their names are submitted and two are drawn out at random, one boy and one girl, and they will have to compete in The Hunger Games, an annual event. This is a TV program to be watched in the Capitol, each of the twenty four contestants is placed into an unknown arena and have to kill each other. Only one will survive the games, the rest of them are all killed, and will then live a life of luxury in their district, although afterwards most turn to drugs. The winners have to mentor the next participants.


The books were adapted for the film industry. In 2012 the first "Hunger Games" movie was released in cinemas worldwide. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. The last movie (3.2) was released in November 2015.