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The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unspecified future time in the totali

tarian nation of Panem.


The country consists of the wealthy Capitol located in the Rocky Mountains and
twelve (formerly thirteen) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol.
The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced but the twelve distri
cts are in varying states of poverty
the trilogy's narrator and protagonist,
Katniss Everdeen, lives in District 12, the poorest region of Panem, formerly k
nown as Appalachia, where people regularly die of starvation.
As punishment for a past rebellion against the Capitol wherein twelve of the di
stricts were defeated and the thirteenth supposedly destroyed,
one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, between the ages of twe
lve and eighteen, are selected by lottery to participate in the "Hunger Games" o
n an annual basis.
The Games are a televised event with the participants, called "tributes", being
forced to fight to the death in a dangerous public arena.
The winning tribute and his/her home district is then rewarded with food, and s
upplies and riches.
The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and
to serve as a reminder to the Districts of the Capitol's power and lack of remo
rse.

THE HUNGER GAMES:_________________________________________________________


The Hunger Games follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 w
ho volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her younger sister Primrose
Everdeen.
Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy who has developed a
secret crush on Katniss.
They are mentored by District 12's only living victor, Haymitch Abernathy, who
won the Games 24 years earlier and has since assumed a solitary life of alcoholi
sm.
Peeta confesses his love for Katniss in a television interview prior to the Gam
es, leading the Capitol to portray Katniss and Peeta as "star-crossed lovers."
This revelation surprises Katniss, who harbors feelings for Gale Hawthorne, her
friend and hunting partner.
Haymitch advises Katniss to play along and feign feelings for Peeta, in order t
o gain wealthy sponsors who can gift them supplies during the Games.
In the arena, Katniss develops an alliance with Rue, a young tribute from Distr
ict 11, and is emotionally scarred when she is killed because she reminds her of
her sister.
Katniss devises a memorial for Rue by placing flowers over her body as an act o
f defiance toward the Capitol.
More than halfway through the Games, the remaining tributes are alerted to a ru
le change that allows both tributes from the same district to be declared victor
s if they are the final two standing.
After learning of the change, Katniss and Peeta begin to work as a team.
When all of the other tributes are dead and they appear to win the Games togeth
er, the rule change is revoked.
Katniss leads Peeta in a suicide attempt to eat poisonous berries known as nigh
tlock, hoping that the change will be reinstated and that they will both be vict
orious.
Their ruse is successful, and both tributes return home victorious.
During and after the Games, Katniss develops genuine feelings for Peeta and str
uggles to balance them with the connection she feels with Gale.
When it becomes clear that the Capitol is upset with her defiance, Haymitch enc
ourages Katniss to maintain the "star-crossed lovers" act, without telling Peeta
.