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In what time period does The Hunger Games take place?
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The time period of this novel is vague because it needs to be plausible/applicable to any time period. However, it seems to take place in the future, possibly 20-100 years from now, if not in our time. Dystopian fiction operates on the assumption that the conditions and technologies available to the fictional society will one day or are already available to our societies. Evidence in the novel indicates that we do not yet have the technology to build the arenas, booby traps, etc., nor do we have the cosmetic talents of the surgeons in the novel. Therefore, I would go with it being far into the future. I hope this answers your question.
Posted by bvanvelzen on January 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM (Answer #1)
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The time period is not specified in The Hunger Games, but it can be assumed to be sometime after the 21st Century. From existing information, it is known that the Games themselves have been going on for seventy-four years at the start of the first novel, and the Capitol and District system had been in place for some years before that. Since the setting is the ruins of North America, and since there is an abundance of new technology such as force fields, the time period is not likely to be earlier than 2100 C.E., and probably much later. Conditions leading to the creation of Panem include uncontrolled Global Warming and nuclear war among nations; the first would take years, possibly centuries to make significant changes, while the second depends on world societal conditions.
Posted by belarafon on June 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM (Answer #2)
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in future america
Posted by tilyouputmedown on October 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM (Answer #8)
Posted by glopez1266 on October 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM (Answer #4)
Some simple addition shows the series takes place at least 100 years from our time, and other clues indicate is probably much, much later.
The 3rd quarter quell was the 75th Annual Hunger Games Event, so right there is 75 years.
The Capitol was in power for an unspecified period prior to that, but long enough for the 13 Districts to get tired of, and rebel against, whatever system was in place prior to The Hunger Games. The uprising and subsequent war also took some time, but this could have been relatively brief.
The technology in use isn't so vastly advanced than our own With a few exceptions - I don't recall any details on how hovercrafts are powered - certainly seems to be something advanced but given the reports of black budget military craft frequently implied to be mistaken for alien craft, coupled with the unofficial status of military tech being 25-50 years in advance of what the public is privy to, easily could explain hovercrafts and even advanced holographic tech such as the tribute deaths displayed in the sky (and only at night - see The Norway Spiral for possible modern demos of such things). The ability to conjure up the Muttations as depicted in the movie is certainly out of bounds, but in the book they are implied genetic engineered creatures, rather than magical holograms. Apart from speedy growth, the book tech is certainly not too far from similar on track today.
im curious about other nations, as I would seem they are not a consideration, at least not one mentioned. Are they comparable or even further behind the districts living conditions? Are there even still big populations on the earth elsewhere? The world SC has created is intriguing and I want know more about it! I wonder if she'd do other areas story since THG seems to be nicely wrapped up. It's all close enough to where we seem to be heading that I suspect many of us would like to know more about the entire earth in the next 150-200 years which is what I estimate the book series to take place in...
Posted by user6808660 on March 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM (Answer #6)
I think it would take place in the 2070 because there are so much more advanced technology. Such as the fire and the mysterious booby traps.
It has to be much later than 2070...remember it was the 74 Annual Hunger Games for which Katniss and Peeta were selected to compete so at least 74 years in our future would be 2087 - but even that still doesn't allow any time for the catastrophe that led to the USA becoming Panem in the first place, or the first revolt attempt that led to the Hunger Games being created as punishment or the Districts - probably easily another 25-50 years for all that (could be less, but also could be a lot more time).
I think it woud be awesome if S.C. would write a Panem Prequel to reveal just what happened!
Posted by user6808660 on March 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM (Answer #7)
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