Lately I’ve been obsessed with The Hunger Games. If you don’t know what it is, here is a quick idea of it:
In the future, (This is in North America) we get to the point where there are 13 districts and one Capitol city. District one, two, and so on. The Capitol is a rich nation with no need to ever miss a meal. They have rediculous and hideous trends and you have to be well dressed and stay with the newest fashions in order to be anybody there. In the districts, they are poor. The first few districts aren’t very wealthy, but they don’t starve. The higher and higher in number you get, the poorer the district is. 13 being poorest of all. The districts of course hate that. One year, district 13 rebelled against the capitol; causing problems all over Panem (future North America). The Capitol destroyed District 13 and made the Hunger Games to put all of the districts in their place and to remind them that you can never beat the Capitol in a war. The Hunger Games are simple; every year each district sends in two “tributes”. One male, one female. They choose these tributes from big glass balls, each holding the names of every single female in one, and every single male in the other, who are inbetween the ages of 12 and 18. When you are 12, you’re name is entered once. At 13, twice, and so on. But if you are REALLY poor you can sign up for tesserae; one extra paper slip with your name on it, and one little bit more of a chance that you will be picked as tribute. That is in turn for a meager supply of grain and oil for ONE PERSON. You can do that every year; one for each person in your family. Anyway, if you are chosen you are sent to the capitol, where you try to make a good impression, train as hard as you can, and fatten yourself up for the arena. The arena is a massive area surrounded by a force field. There can be anything in that arena; ice, sand, forest, meadow, etc. You are locked up in there and forced to fight to the death. There can only be one victor. One out of 24 people in that arena will win. They will be given a mansion and TONS of money in their district’s Victor’s Village. And you will never ben entered for the Reaping (what they call the drawing of the names) again.
That’s the idea of it, and that is the setting of the book. I’m reading it aloud with Charlotte. There are three books in the series: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. I’ve read all of these. I re-read Catching Fire and Mockingjay already, and now I’m reading the first book for the second time with Charlotte.