Hunger Games - Summary

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America collapses. Drought, fire, famine and war weaken the United States, and the country of Panem replaces it. Panem is made-up of the Capitol and 12 districts. The Capitol, a totalitarian government, is in charge of the fictional country of Panem. (There is also a District 13, but more about that later...)

Each year, one boy and one girl from each district are selected by lottery to participate in the Hunger Games. The participants are Tributes in the “Games.” Tributes fight to the death in a televised arena.

The Hunger Games are broadcast throughout Panem. As the 24 participants eliminate their competitors, all citizens are required to watch. The citizens of the Capitol love the Hunger Games and consider them entertainment.

The Seam, in District 12, is where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her family and friends live. District 12 is a poor, coal-mining district located in former Appalachia. The Seam is the poorest part of District 12.

Sixteen year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim (Willow Shields), is selected as a Tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss volunteers to take her place. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the son of the town baker, is District 12’s male Tribute. 

Katniss’ father teaches her how to use a bow and arrow to hunt.  Since the death of her father, Katniss is responsible for hunting and gathering food for her family (even though the government forbids it). Katniss relies on her archery abilities to survive in the Hunger Games.

Katniss and Peeta form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds. Leaders of The Capitol create the Hunger games to demonstrate their power over the districts. Katniss and Peeta decide to defy the government in the only way they can.

In this story behind the book and movie, learn if Katniss and Peeta can succeed in their quest and virtually visit places located in District 12.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Mar 01, 2012

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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