Biography Suzanne Collins was born on August 11,1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the youngest of four children. She was pretty much born into a military family. Her father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. Since her father had this job the Family had to move around a lot. Suzzane went to High School at Alabama School of Fine Arts. She then went to Indiana Unversity where she received a double major in drama and telecommunications. Before that she earned her Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in dramatic writing from New York University. In 1991 she focused as a writer of popular Nickelodeon shows such as Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, and Oswald. She then got inspired by some co-workers to write novels such as the Underland Chronicles. She then began writing the famous story The Hunger Games. This led to a series with two other books: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The first book of this series, The Hunger Games, was then put into a movie. Collins currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, Cap Pryor, and two children.
Summary The book starts of on the day of the reaping, which is where all kids ages 12 to 18 stand in a square in front of a stage where a woman named Effie Trinket calls out a boy and a girl to train for a competition called the hunger Games. The Hunger Games are where two kids from each district of Panem train for this competition where these children fight to the death. There are 12 districts in Panem, The book starts when a girl named Katniss Everdeen is telling the story of her terrible life story of how she lives with a younger sister named Prim and a mother. Her father was exploded to bits in a mine explosion. They live in The Seam, the poorest place in District 12, and they are trying to make ends meat by having Katniss as the head of the family. She usually wakes up and goes against the law and goes beyond the borders of District 12 and hunts with a boy named Gale. When her and her younger sister go to the reaping they are very nervous, because either one of them could be called into the Hunger games and die. When Prim gets called she is terrified and Katniss volunteers in her place. Then they call a boy, Peeta Mellark, whom saved Katniss`s life and know they have to fight each other to the death. There family is aloud to say good-bye then they start the Hunger Games. They train for about a week then the games are started, bets are placed, and people are nervous. Who will win the games? Will It be Katniss, or maybe Peeta, or a different district. read this book to find out.
Characters Main Characters Katniss Everdeen – Katniss is sixteen, she is the girl District 12 tribute in the Hunger Games. She has to kill many people. She is a very good hunter and she is tough. She has a soft spot for girls like Prim and Rue. She certainly does not like to be told what to do. She is very independent. She has one younger sister and a mother. She is also a very good singer. Peeta Mellark- Peeta is also sixteen, he is the boy tribute from District 12. He is a very sweet boy. He has loved Katniss since the day he saw her. He has a very harsh mother and a few siblings and a father. His family owns a bakery, and they run thee bussiness well. Gale Hawthorne- Gale is Katniss`s best friend. He his her hunting buddy and they share food. He promise he will take care of Prim and Katniss` mother. He is very loyal and takes care of Katniss. And Katniss might just be falling for him. Supporting Characters Haymitch Abernathy- Haymitch is a former Hunger Games winner. He trains the District 12 tributes every year. Most of the time he is drunk. Although he was a very good tribute and gave the kids good advice. Cinna- cinna is Katniss’s stylist. He creates these magnificent wardrobes. But besides that he becomes close to Katniss and supports her in times of hardship.
Plot Introduction- Katniss tells the story of her past and how her father dies. Then she introduces us to family and friends. And after her sister gets called at the reaping and she volunteers for her. Rising Action- Katniss says good-bye to family and friends and tells them they need to take care of themselves. Then she meets Haymitch and gets on the train and goes to the capitol with Peeta. Then they meet the other tributes and start to train for the games. Climax- the games begin and the tributes scramble to find food, water, shelter, and supplies. People start dying and days go by. Katniss gets bitten by tracker jackers. She also gets hit in the leg with a fireball. Besides that she finds Rue, a 12 year old tribute, and teams up with her but sadly she gets killed. Falling Action- Katniss finds Peeta and they team up because the head of the games said two people can win If they are from the same district. More people die and only four tributes are left: Cato, Thresh, Peeta, and Katniss. Conclusion- Cato and Thresh die and only Peeta and Katniss are alive but then the head of the games says only one can win, so Peeta and Katniss make a plan they will put poison berries in their mouth and then right before they swallow the head of the games will tell them to stop and both of them will win. So they do it and it works!
Vocabulary Dreary- adj. dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing Sentence: The mayor finishes the dreary Treaty of Treasons and motions for Peeta and I to shake hands. Pg.32 Reapings- verb. To cut or gather Sentence: As reapings go, this one at least has a slight entertainment factor. Pg.20 Tributes – noun. One girl and one boy; the players of the hunger games Sentence: The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Pg. 18 Authenticity-adj. of undisputed origin; genuine Sentence: That would give me something to cling to in the surreal world of the arena where the authenticity of everything is to be doubted. Pg. 318 Surreal- adj. having the qualities of surrealism; bizzare Sentence: That would give me something to cling to in the surreal world of the arena where authenticity of everything is to be doubted. Pg. 318
ActorsKatniss Everdeen is played by Kristen Stewart Peeta Mellark is played by Kenny Wormald Gale Hawthorne is played by Luke Bilyk
ActorsCinna is played by Chris Rock Haymitch Abernathy is played by Brad Pitt
Soundtrack If I made this book into a movie I would put the song Stronger (What Doesn`t Kill You) by: Kelly Clarkson because to me the lyrics are telling me you if you are not dead the insident just tought you something better and that you shouldn`t be sad about it you should take it as a lesson. And I think this is what Katniss is thinking in the book. So I think this song would be good for the soundtrack because of lyrical message.This song would be played in the scene when Katniss gets hit by a fireball. What doesnt kill you makes you stronger stand a little taller doesnt mean Im lonely when Im alone. What doesnt kill you makes a fighter Footsteps even lighter Doesnt mean Im over cause your gone. what doesnt kill you makes you stronger, stronger Just me, myself and I What doesnt kill you makes you stronger Stand a little taller Doesnt mean Im lonely when Im alone
Rating I would give this book a rating of four out of five stars because I thought it was very intriguing, I did not know what would happen next. There was a lot of action in the book. I felt like I was there with Katniss. During those moments where she was running to save her life I was running with her. And when she was braiding Rue`s hair with flowers and singing to her I felt like I was singing too. The reason why I did not give this book five stars is because it was very sad at times and I do not really like the thought of kids killing other kids.
Comparing This book reminded me of the book the Percy Jackson series by: Rick Riordan because there are kids that kill evil spirits and mythical stuff like that. But it mostly reminded me of this book because These kids had archery, and battles, and wars with other people. Both books in my mind are very violent. Some books that are similar to this book are: Mockingjay By: Suzzane Collins and Catching Fire also by Suzanne Collins