Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Hunger Games

With five days left until the release of Mockingjay, I decided to do a post on The Hunger Games.
I must say that I am a HUGE fan. I thought The Hunger Games was absolutely AMAZING!
Catching Fire was even BETTER!!!
So, I am eagerly awaiting the release of Mockingjay...

Unfortunately, though, I probably won't be reading it until December. I'm out of money right now and I want to buy Mockingjay... So, I'll just be waiting until after Christmas. I'll have some money to spend on books, then. :)

So, onto The Hunger Games...

Seventy-four years ago, District 13 rebelled against the Capitol. District 13 was destroyed. As a punishment to the rest of Panem (and as a reassurance so as to prevent this from happening again), the Capitol created the Hunger Games. Every year, one boy and one girl from each District between the ages of twelve and eighteen will compete in the Hunger Games. This makes a total of 24 tributes.
Every 25 years is the Quarter Quell, a special edition of the Hunger Games. These Quarter Quells mark the anniversary of the Capitol’s victory over District 12 and special celebrations are held. The Gamemakers make that year’s Hunger Games unique, including twists that make them more exciting or dangerous. There is a small box that contains the instructions for each Quarter Quell. The current President with take out the card that corresponds with that Quarter Quell and reads it on live television, announcing the theme of that year’s Quell.
25th Hunger Games: Instead of randomly selecting people in the Reaping, the tributes were voted into the Hunger Games by the people of their own district.
50th Hunger Games: Instead of the usual two tributes, four tributes were chosen from each district. This meant twice as many people in the arena and that made it twice as harsh.

North America had been plagued with several devastating disasters; natural disasters that destroyed and much of its land. Panem is the nation that rose of out the ruins of what had previously been North America. At its center is the Capitol, surrounded by thirteen other, poorer, districts. The farther away the district is from the Capitol, the poorer it is, with District 12 among the poorest and Districts 1, 2, and 4 among the richest. Each district varies in size and population. District 12 has a population of about 8,000. Other districts, like District 11, are huge, stretching on for miles and miles with enormous populations.

Plot: (Summary)
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Katniss Everdeen: Katniss is strong. She's had to struggle to survive. Her father died in a mining accident. Her mother was a healer, of sorts, who fell apart after her husband died. She learned how to hunt so that she could feed her family, even though hunting was illegal. Her worst nightmares come to life when her sister, Prim, is chosen in the reaping. Katniss volunteers to take her place. So, I really like Katniss. I admire her strength and determination. She isn't about to sit down and watch her life being played for her. Unlike some other characters...
Gale Hawthorne: He's been Katniss's best friend since their fathers both died in the same mining accident. He goes hunting with Katniss every Sunday and calls her Catnip.
Peeta Mellark: He is the second tribute from District 12. Her fell in love with Katniss the first of school. When he and Katniss are sent to the Capitol to prepare for the Games, he tells Panem that he is in love with her during an interview. This is what really kicks off the Games and the book, in my opinion.
Rue: She is the female tribute of District 11. And she plays a big part in The Hunger Games trilogy, though her appearance is brief. If she had not been in the Hunger Games, there would be no Catching Fire. And I'm very curious to see what happens in Mockingjay. I'm willing to bet that if she had not appeared in the series, none of that would have happened.

Primrose Everdeen: She is Katniss's younger sister. Prim was originally chosen in the reaping, but her sister took her place to save her.

Haymitch Abernathy: He was the male tribute and victor in the 50th Hunger Games. The second Quarter Quell. He is the second of only two victors that came from District 12. Because of this, he is Katniss and Peeta's mentor. He proves to be quite capable of keeping the two alive.

Effie Trinket: She is the escort for District 12 and does everything from drawing the names at the reaping, to escorting the tributes to the Capitol. Over time, she starts getting attached to Peeta and Katniss.

Cinna: He is Katniss's stylist. He is responsible for "The Girl Who Was on Fire", Katniss's nickname after he designed an outfit that was supposed to set on fire.

So, I really loved The Hunger Games. It was more than the extremely violent and heartless book that it appears to be at times. It's much more than winning the Hunger Games, or survival. It's about something much bigger. It's about the choice we make. And why we make them.
Katniss choose to take her sisters place. Why? Because she wanted to save Prim. And she would do that at all costs.
So, if you haven't read The Hunger Games, you should. It was amazing.
(Just so you know, some of the information here was from a school project I did on The Hunger Games, mostly the HISTORY and SETTING sections.)
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  1. Some of these plots/scenerios are so realistic they're scary. I hope you get to read Mockingjay before December...positive thoughts your way!

  2. Sweet! I haven't read the books yet, but they're on my queue on Booksfree, so this first one is on its way already. Thanks for the background.

  3. @ Kittie: The Hunger Games is one of those scary/good books. It's pretty violent, but it's a lot more than all the gore. And I really hope so too. That would be really cool. :) And I appreciate the happy thoughts. Those are always nice.

    @ Angela: Your welcome. :) I love spreading the word on good books. And this is one I would definitely recommend.


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