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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games series are not just a series you like to look at its covers but books you love to read and think about later on. They always leave you asking yourself: "What if...?"

The Hunger Games on my shelf

Book I: The Hunger Games: (July 3, 2008)

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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.


The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia.

As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which the participants, or "tributes," must fight to the death in a dangerous, outdoor arena, controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once gave her bread when her family was starving.

Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, where their mentor, Haymitch, a former tribute himself, instructs them to learn about the other tributes. They are then publicly displayed to the Capitol audience. During this time, Peeta reveals on-air his long-time unrequited love for Katniss. Katniss believes this to be a ploy to gain audience support for the Games, which can be crucial for survival, as audience members are permitted to send gifts like food, medicine, and tools to favored tributes during the Games. The Games begin with eleven of the 24 tributes dying in the first day, while Katniss relies on her well-practiced hunting and outdoor skills to survive. As the games continue, the tribute death toll increases.

Supposedly due to Katniss and Peeta's beloved image in the minds of the audience as "star-crossed lovers," a rule change is announced midway through the games, stating that two tributes from the same district can win the Hunger Games as a pair. Upon hearing this, Katniss searches for Peeta and finds him wounded. She nurses him back to health and acts the part of a young girl falling in love to gain more favor with the audience and, consequently, gifts from her sponsors. When the couple are finally the last two tributes, the Gamemakers suddenly reverse the rule change and try to force them into a dramatic finale, where one must kill the other to win. Instead, they both threaten suicide by means of poisonous berries in hope that the Gamemakers would rather have two winners than none. It works and both Katniss and Peeta are declared winners of the 74th Hunger Games.

Though she survives the ordeal in the arena and is treated to a hero's welcome in the Capitol, Katniss is warned that she has now become a political target after defying her society's authoritarian leaders so publicly. Afterwards, Peeta is heartbroken to learn that their relationship was at least partially a calculated ploy to earn sympathy from the audience, although Katniss remains unsure of her own feelings.

My Shelfari Review:

I've been reading The Hunger Games for 2 days now, I reached Part 2 in no time and now I am at chapter 15. The book is amazing and surprising, it could be cruel but it takes you to a dreadful future, I hope will never happen.

I just finished Part 2, and I cried, Rue was just a little girl, and her death was painful to me. I hope Katniss and Peeta survive and win, especially after the rules have changed. This book made me awake all night thinking, it might be disturbing but it is good.

Book II: Catching Fire: (September 1, 2009)

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, the poorest sector in the fictional country of Panem. On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a "victory tour" of the country, she is visited by President Snow. President Snow explains that he is angry at her for threatening to commit suicide with Peeta at the end of the Hunger Games, which permitted them both to win. President Snow tells Katniss that when she defied the Capitol, she created talk of rebellion in the districts. He threatens to kill her family and friends if she cannot prove to everyone in Panem that her act was not one of defiance, but that she was instead driven by an intense love for Peeta.

The first stop on the victory tour is District 11, the home of Katniss' friend and ally in the Hunger Games, Rue, before she died. During the ceremony, Katniss delivers a quick speech to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. When she is done, an old man whistles a tune that Rue used in the arena to tell Katniss that she was safe. The song acts as a signal and everyone salutes Katniss using the same gesture that she used to say farewell to Rue. Katniss is taken away, but not before she sees Peacekeepers shoot the whistling man in the head. Katniss and Peeta then proceed to travel to all of the twelve districts and the Capitol. During an interview, Peeta proposes to Katniss publicly, hoping to settle the dispute between Katniss and President Snow. Despite this, Katniss learns that their attempts of subduing rebellion in the districts have failed. Shortly after returning to District 12, Katniss encounters two runaways from District 8. They explain a theory that District 13 was not wiped out by the Capitol, due to its residents going underground, and that stock footage of 13 is played instead of new film on television. Later, it is announced that, for the 75th Hunger Games, 24 victors from previous years will be forced to compete once again. This is in honor of the "Quarter Quell": an event that occurs every 25th year of the Games and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist. Knowing that she and Peeta will both be competing in the Games a second time, Katniss decides that she will devote herself to protecting Peeta.

During the Games, Katniss and Peeta join up with two other previous victors, Finnick Odair: a 24-year-old man who successfully survived the Games at the age of 14 and Mags: Finnick's 80-year-old mentor, both from District 4. After Mags' death, Katniss, Peeta and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason, a sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7, and Beetee and Wiress, an older couple from District 3 who are said to be "exceptionally smart". Wiress soon proves her genius by revealing to Katniss that the arena is arranged like a clock, with all of the arena's disasters occurring on a timed chart. After Wiress is killed, Katniss learns of Beetee's plan to harness lightning in order to supposedly electrocute two other contenders. In the final chapters, Katniss directs the lightning at the force field that contains the arena, thereby destroying the arena and resulting in her temporary paralysis. When she wakes up, she is being transported to District 13: a place that is widely thought to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick, Beetee, Gale and Haymitch but learns that Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria have been captured by the Capitol. Katniss is informed that there had been a plan between most of the contestants to break out of the arena and that Beetee had been attempting to destroy the force field in the same way that she did. The book ends with Katniss' best friend, Gale, informing her that, though he got her family out in time, District 12 has been bombed and destroyed.

My Shelfari Review:

This book held so many surprises and horrible deaths, This book is even better than the first one. I loved every page, it was filled with action from cover to cover. 

Peeta and Gale are amazing. But I love Katniss, she is strong, brave and smart. She's a survivor, and I love that about her. 

I like to think that if I were in her shoes, I would fight tell the end as well. I was very sad about Cinna. I actually cried when I read chapter 24, the whole jabberjay incident and how they are punishing the players is too much. But what broke my heart was Haymitch's betrayal, and Katniss sadness and despair and Peeta's unknown whereabouts. I'm dying to read the 3rd book and to see what will happen next. I hope the districts will win and destroy President Snow and his followers.

Katniss the Mockingjay must win! 

Book III: Mockingjay: (August 24, 2010)

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Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.


After her rescue by the rebels, Katniss is convinced to become "the Mockingjay": a symbol of the rebellion against the ruling Capitol. As part of a deal, she demands that the leader of District 13, President Coin, grant immunity to all of the victors of the Hunger Games. She also demands the right to kill President Snow herself. In a daring rescue, Peeta and others previously captured are rescued from the Capitol. However, Peeta has been brainwashed into hating Katniss and tries to kill her upon their reunion in District 13.

The rebels take control of the districts and finally begin an assault on the Capitol itself, which Katniss is a part of. However, an assault on a "safe" Capitol neighborhood goes wrong and Katniss and her team flee further into the Capitol with the intent of finding and killing President Snow. Eventually, Katniss finds herself pressing on alone towards Snow's mansion, which has supposedly been opened to shelter Capitol children (but is actually intended to provide human shields for Snow). Afterwards, bombs placed in supply packages kill many of these children and a rebel medical team, including Katniss' sister, Prim.

President Snow is tried and found guilty, but he tells Katniss that the final assault that killed Prim was ordered by President Coin, not the Capitol. Katniss realizes that if this is true, the bombing may have been the result of a plan originally developed by her friend, Gale. Katniss realizes that she will never be able to look at Gale the same way, regardless of whether or not he was directly involved in Prim's death. Katniss remembers a conversation with Snow in which they promised not to lie to each other. When she is supposed to execute Snow, she realizes that he was telling the truth and kills Coin instead. A riot ensues and Snow is found dead, having possibly choked on his own blood or been trampled in the crowd. Katniss is acquitted due to her apparent insanity and returns to her home in District 12. Peeta returns soon after as well, having largely recovered from his brainwashing.

In the epilogue, Katniss speaks as an adult, more than fifteen years later. Katniss is married to Peeta and they have two children. The Hunger Games are over, but she dreads the day her children learn the details of their parents' involvement in both the Games and the war. When she feels upset, Katniss reminds herself of every good thing that she has ever seen someone do.

My Shelfari Review: 

Part I: The Ashes 

I really felt sorry for Peeta, Cinna, Finnick and district 8. I have a bad feeling that the book will end in a tragedy... It doesn't seem like a "happy-ending-kind-of-book". The whole series is a tragedy! Still, I love it.

Part II: The Assault

I keep wondering is Peeta, Gale and Katniss are all going to die!? Because this is where the book seems to lead! I know Haymitch is supposed to be bad now, but he's one of my favorite characters in the series. I think Woody Harrelson will make a great Haymitch. Donald Sutherland will make a wicked President Snow!!

Part III: The Assassin

I'm in chapter 20 now, 8 chapters to go and I'll see how all the events will finally end... I'm kind of nervous because I have a bad feeling about how it will all end. I hope my gut is wrong. This book made me cry. The ending was bittersweet. Primrose's death broke my heart, so did Katniss's breakdown. Great book, but the ending still broke my heart, I had a hunch that they were all using her to make a new horrible president. 

The Hunger Games

The Upcoming Movie in 2012:

The Hunger Games is an upcoming sci-fi action drama film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. It is scheduled to be released on March 23, 2012.

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used to be North America. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of a reminder of the defeat, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event each year, called "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Katniss' sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place, and so is forced to take part in The Hunger Games.

In the ruins of what was once North America, the nation Panem randomly chooses one boy and girl, ages 12-18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one remains. The winner receives honor, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry for anything material again. The Games, while entertainment for the Capitol's citizens, are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of their unsuccessful rebellion 74 years ago, during which District 13 was completely destroyed.

In District 12, sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) cares for her mother and sister Primrose "Prim" (Willow Shields) since her father died in a mine accident when she was 11. Each year since the age of 12, Katniss has put her name in the lottery, or reaping, more than once. In return for taking this extra annual risk, she receives extra grain and oil for her family. In addition, Katniss has been illegally hunting for food outside the gates of District 12 with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), whose father died in the same mining accident as Katniss' and similarly cares for his family.

Prim, now age 12, has her name placed in the reaping for the first time — only once — and it is unexpectedly drawn. Katniss volunteers to replace her sister in the Games. She competes with other tributes, including trained "Career Tributes" who have prepared for the Games their entire lives, as well as Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the boy tribute from District 12, who has secretly loved Katniss since childhood, and who once did her a kindness she never could forget. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), a drunk and the only living victor from District 12, mentors both Katniss and Peeta before and during the Hunger Games.





The first single from the film's soundtrack, "Safe & Sound" by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, was released on December 23, 2011. It reached number one on the iTunes overall charts in 12 hours. 

The soundtrack will also feature songs by The Decemberists and Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, as well as star Jennifer Lawrence singing "Rue's Lullaby".

Hunger Games Mockingjay Call - Single

Lionsgate originally announced that Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman and Academy Award winner T-Bone Burnett would score The Hunger Games, with Burnett also acting as the film's executive music producer to produce songs for the soundtrack.

However, due to scheduling conflicts, Elfman was later replaced by Academy Award nominee James Newton Howard.

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The Mockingjay

 Photos from Set:

Peeta at his father's bakery.

Gale and Katniss hunting.
Gale and Katniss hunting.

Katniss at The Arena.

Peeta at The Arena.
Elizabeth Banks as Effie
Elizabeth Banks as Effie

Directed by Gary Ross

Effie and Katniss

Jennifer Lawrence on set



On the set

Katniss and Peeta practicing.

Gale in the reaping day

Katniss at The Arena.

Peeta Mellark with Haymitch Abernathy and Cinna


  •     Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
  •     Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
  •     Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
  •     Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen
  •     Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
  •     Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
  •     Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
  •     Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
  •     Amandla Stenberg as Rue
  •     Alexander Ludwig as Cato
  •     Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh
  •     Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove
  •     Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
  •     Leven Rambin as Glimmer
  •     Jack Quaid as Marvel
  •     Donald Sutherland as President Snow
  •     Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  •     Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
  •     Latarsha Rose as Portia



  • District 1: Jack Quaid as Marvel and Leven Rambin as Glimmer

  • District 2: Alexander Ludwig as Cato and Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove

  • District 3: Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott

  • District 4: Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken

  • District 5: Chris Mark and Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface

  • District 6: Ashton Moio and Kara Petesen

  • District 7: 

  • District 8: 

  • District 9: 

  • District 10: 

  • District 11: Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh and Amandla Stenberg as Rue

  • District 12: Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen


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    Vanity Fair 

    By Krista Smith Photographs by Sam Jones Captions by Anthony Rotunno

    For those mourning the passing of the Harry Potter cycle and dreading the looming end of the Twilight saga, Suzanne Collins has come to the rescue with her spellbinding trilogy of novels, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The first comes to movie theaters on March 23. The post-apocalyptic drama takes place in Panem, a North American country that is divided into 12 districts. Every year children between the ages of 12 and 18 must enter their names in a lottery known as “the reaping.” Each district selects a boy and a girl to compete with the representatives of the other districts in a televised fight to the death. The final victor wins a life free from want. Collins got the idea for the books from watching footage of the Iraq war and reality television. Adapted for the screen by writer-director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), the films are positioned to be Hollywood’s next big teen franchise. “My kids turned me on to it, and I went nuts,” says Ross, adding, “You rarely get a tentpole that has this much emotional depth, this much character to dive into.” Jennifer Lawrence, who received an Oscar nomination last year for her performance in Winter’s Bone, is Katniss, the heroine, who, when her younger sister gets picked in the reaping, volunteers to take her place. “Katniss is an incredible character: she’s a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who’s being forced into the arena,” says Lawrence. “These kids are killing one another only because if they don’t they’ll die. It’s heartbreaking.” Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) plays Peeta, who has loved Katniss since childhood and who is also chosen in the reaping. “I literally read all three books over the course of five days,” he says. “My mind was blown by how much I felt I was like Peeta. We shot in the forest near Asheville, North Carolina—a lot of fight scenes, very physically demanding. Jennifer and I totally hit it off. We’re both crazy people—we don’t hold anything back.” Ross concludes, “My responsibility was to Suzanne and the readers, to give them the same experience they had when they read the book. I was just so lucky that I had the cast I had.” Plus: More Hunger Games coverage on

    The cast of The Hunger Games in Concord, North Carolina. From left: Isabelle Fuhrman, Jack Quaid, Jacqueline Emerson, Dayo Okeniyi, Leven Rambin, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Liam Hemsworth.

    Lawrence, who stars as The Hunger Games’ chestnut-haired heroine, Katniss Everdeen, lays between Hutcherson (left), who plays her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark, and Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne.
    Hemsworth and Hutcherson stand tall among the trees. Gale, whose father’s untimely death left him to scrape by as his family’s sole provider, and Peeta, the meek son of the District 12 baker, are brought together by their shared—yet competing—affection for Katniss.

    Lawrence, Hutcherson, and Hemsworth pose in the North Carolina woods. Growing up, Katniss and Gale would often risk their lives by crawling beneath the electric fence encircling District 12 to hunt in the forest. She would use the skills learned on these excursions to keep both Peeta and herself alive in the deadly arena.

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