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About the Author
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writingfor children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit
Clarissa Explains It All
The Mystery Files of ShelbyWoo.
Collins made her mark in children's literature with theNew York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-gradereaders
The Underland Chronicles
, which has receivednumerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. Inthe award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collinscontinues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with herfamily in Connecticut.
The Hunger Games
is a gripping story set in a post apocalyptic world.In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitolsurrounded by twelve outlying districts. Its demand from its districts is harsh and cruel and keeps thedistricts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve andeighteen to participate in the annual 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 asa death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has beenclose to dead before and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomesa contender and she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. But her teammate, Peeta, recognizesthe importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances.When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked infront of them, strangely unembarrassed. They're so unlike people that I'm no more self-consciousthan if a trio of oddly coloured birds were pecking around my feet, she thinks. In order not to hatethese creatures, who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets.It isn't just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss strugglesto win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. If she is to win, she willhave to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.