THE HUNGER GAMES BY: SUZANNE COLLINS Nolan O’Rear Reading-Miss Roche Period 3 May 11
SUZANNE COLLINS: BIOGRAPHY Suzanne Collins was born in 1962 in Connecticut. Her father was in the AirForce so they frequently moved from place to place. She attended the AlabamaSchool of Fine Arts where she majored in Theater Arts. At Indiana University shemajored in Drama and Telecommunications. She also received a degree in DramaticWriting at the New York University. Suzanne started her career at the age of twentynine when she began working as a writer for children’s television shows such as LittleBear. She then began writing children’s books. After publishing several children’sbooks she began writing young adult fiction. The Hunger Games was published in2008 and became an instantaneous hit. Catching Fire and Mockinjay soon followed.Suzanne now resides in Connecticut with her husband, Cap Pryor Collins, and twochildren.• http://totallyfabulous.typepad.com/everything_hunger _games/2012/03/author-suzanne-collins-biography- life-and-writing-career.html
SUMMARY• The Hunger Games is a fiction novel about a young girl who is subjected to the cruel and twisted games that a terrible nation forces upon its public. Katniss Everdeen lives in the horrible country of Panem which once was North America. Panem is a magnificent Capitol that is surrounded by twelve districts. The Capitol controls all of Panem and to prevent revolts the Capitol forces every district to send one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen to compete in The Hunger Games; which is a fight to the death that is broadcasted across the nation on live television. Katniss’ sister is called to be a participant in the games, but Katniss steps up and takes her sister’s place in the games. Katniss certainly believes she will die at some point in the games, but she is smart, athletic, and knows how to survive. Does Katniss stand a chance? Can she survive? Read The Hunger Games to find out.
• Characters Main Characters:1. Katniss Everdeen: Katniss Everdeen is a very self sufficent sixteen year old who provides for her family by hunting and gathering in the woods. She is extremely protective of her little sister Prim. While she competes in the Hunger Games she is changed dramatically and may never be the same person again.2. Peeta Mellark: Peeta Mellark is the well fed son of a baker who is also chosen for the Hunger Games. Peeta is pressured into a relationship with Katniss to get sponsors for the games, but are they truly in love?3. Rue: Rue is a small twelve year old girl from District Eleven. She was chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. Even though she is small she is a major threat in the Hunger Games because she is extremely nimble and quick. Rue pairs up with Katniss during the games, and forms a strong bond with her.• Supporting Characters1. Haymitch Abernathy: Haymitch is a former Hunger Games champion who has been nothing but a drunk ever since. He is to coach Peeta and Katniss during the games. His guidance could mean the difference between glory and death for the two tributes.2. Cato: Cato is a career tribute from District Two and has trained his entire life for the games. He is confident and knows what to do. He pairs up with the other career tributes and creates an almost unstoppable force that could eliminate every other competitor in the Hunger Games.3. Cinna: Cinna is Katniss’ stylist during the Hunger Games. He creates a stunning dress for her which catches on fire without hurting Katniss. Throughout the book Cinna becomes more than just a stylist for Katniss, he becomes her good friend who she shares her troubles with.
PLOT • Introduction-Meet Katniss-Setting: District Twelve in Panem • Rising Action-Prim is chosen for the Hunger Games-Katniss takes her place-Katniss says her goodbyes to her family and friends-Katniss travels to the Capitol to prepare for the Hunger Games-During the tribute testing Katniss scores an eleven out of twelve-Katniss becomes extremely anxious before the Hunger Games • Climax-The Hunger Games begin and Katniss immediately runs as far away from theother tributes as she can
PLOT CONTINUED • Falling Action-Katniss drops a Tracker jacker nest on the career tributes-Rue and Katniss form an alliance-Katniss destroys the career tributes’ food and supplies-Rue is killed-A rule change occurs that states if the last two surviving tributes are from thesame district they will both be victors-Katniss finds Peeta-Peeta and Katniss pretend to be in love to receive supplies from sponsors-Thresh is killed by Cato-Foxface accidentally eats poisonous berries that Peeta picked-Cato is killed by mutated mutts that were given the other tributes’ brains-The rules change again and there can only be one victor-Peeta and Katniss decided to simultaneously commit suicide-The Capitol changes the rules back to what they were before • Conclusion-Peeta and Katniss both win the Hunger Games-The Capitol becomes very upset with Peeta and Katniss for challenging theirauthority by not battling to the death-Peeta becomes upset with Katniss because he believed their relationship was real
NEW VOCABULARY 1. scuffling- v. to go or move in hurried confusion “For a few minutes, there’s nothing but blackness and some scuffling.” P. 158 2. pariah- n. an outcast “Whatever doubts I’ve had dissipate because if either of us took the other’s life we would be pariahs when we returned home to District Twelve.” P. 247 3. lulling- v. to put to sleep or rest by soothing means “Rhythmic and lulling.” P. 299 4. finality- n. the state, quality, or fact of being final; conclusiveness or decisiveness “Leaving the cave has a sense of finality about it.” P. 326 5. stalemate- n. any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock “We’ve reached a stalemate.” P. 336
STARRING ACTORS:• Katniss Everdeen played by: Emma Watson • Peeta Mellark played by: Taylor Lautner
STARRING ACTORS:• Gale Hawthorne played by: Orlando Bloom Rue played by: Chyna Anne Mcclain
STARRING ACTORS:• Haymitch played by: Wayne Knight Cinna played by: Terry Crews
SOUNDTRACK TUNES1. A scene where Katniss is taking the train to the Capitol where she willtrain. Im holdin on your rope, Got me ten feet off the ground. And Im hearin what you say, But I just cant make a sound. You tell me that you need me, Then you go and cut me down... But wait... You tell me that youre sorry, Didnt think Id turn around... And say... [Chorus] That its too late to apologize. Its too late... I said its too late to apologize. Its too late. Yeah!
RATING I gave The Hunger Games a rating of 5 out of 5 starsThis book contained a lot of action and excitement. There was afast pace and lot of great description. There is truly nothingnegative to say about The Hunger Games. The plot was greatand included many twists which added great drama to the book.Overall The Hunger Games is the best book I have ever read.