Young Adult Book Talk
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
By Meg Eubank
- Imagine you lived in a world where “Survivor” is not a reality t.v. show but real life. Imagine a world where you are forced to kill the very person who once saved your life. A world where your options are to kill or be killed.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins tells the story of a very real, very terrifying “Survivor” game and the teenaged girl who must try to survive.
- North America has long since fallen to war and natural disasters. Those that survived became the citizens of Panem, a country of 13 districts surrounding a wealthy Capitol. The districts rebelled and rose up against the Capitol, which squelched their rebellion and retaliated with oppressive rules and regulations, and limiting the districts’ food supply.
- Every year the Capitol holds the Hunger Games to punish the districts for their rebellion and remind them what would happen if they ever tried to revolt again.
- The games go like this: each district must send a boy and a girl tribute to the games. All of the tributes are thrown into a large arena that could be swamp, desert, jungle, or anything else imaginable. Here, they must fight to survive. The last one living wins.
- The game is televised, like a reality t.v. show, only instead of the losers being sent home, they die. The winner’s district wins much needed food for the starving people. The tributes compete for sponsors in the Capitol who send them supplies and food.
- Katniss is a 16 year old girl from District 12 who must go to the games. As the sole provider for her family, she is worried that if she dies, they will starve. To make matters worse, the male tribute from her district is a boy named Peeta who once saved her life. And then Peeta declares his love for Katniss. It is up to Katniss to decide how much of his declaration is strategy and how much of it is real. And then there are her own confused feelings to sort out as she fights for her life.
- Can Katniss survive? Can she bring herself to kill others, even the man who claims to love her? And can she hold onto her humanity in the Hunger Games?
A book talk about The Hunger Games. To be used in introducing the book to young adult readers, or to provide a teaser to encourage students to read the book.