Fri. Jan 28th, 2022


Imagine a world in the year 2500…it may be full of poverty, starvation, violence, dictatorship, minimal technology, and it just might be called “Panem”…or at least  that is how author of the fictional book series “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins, pictures it. 

The first book centers around the main character, Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl from District 12 who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, which could be equivalent to the Gladiator Games of Ancient Rome, but with children.

The Hunger Games is a fight-to-the-death style competition that is hosted by the Capitol and several government officials of Panem. Each district selects two candidates to represent them in the games: one boy and one girl who could be anywhere from 12 to 18 years old. The last person standing wins. Did I mention that reality television is still around? Every minute of the Hunger Games is broadcasted to every home in Panem.

Katniss Everdeen quickly emerges as the star of the games. She is discovered to be the most skilled competitor and the most talked about. She becomes the contestant to beat when both the judges and audience witness her take down one of the 24 competitors by shooting him right in the eye with a bow and arrow. Katniss has been using a bow and arrow her entire life to illegally hunt animals in the restricted forest outside of District 12. If she did not do this, many people in District 12, including her family and the mayor, would starve.

She is most talked about when the other representative from Dirstrict 12, Peeta Mellark, confesses his love for her. Everyone is heartbroken when they learn this because one of them must die for the other to survive. Peeta and Katniss are named the star crossed lovers of the Hunger Games, and all citizens of Panem are glued to their televisions.

“The Hunger Games” is a great read for anyone. It is full of all things juicy, action, politics, romance, death, and heartbreak. The book is even being turned into a movie, which comes out in March 2012. The only bad part about this book is not even the book itself, but the sequels that follow it! If you have read Mockingjay, you know what I mean- what was that?

Liz Thompson is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at

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