Hunger Games

By: 

Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 

374

Minimum grade level: 

6th

Set in a distant future, the United States, now called Panem, is divided into 12 districts. As a reminder to obey and fear the Capitol, every year one teenage boy and girl from each district is chosen by lottery to participate in a brutal, cutthroat battle called the Hunger Games. In the games, televised live, only one person can survive. Seventeen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, living in poverty-stricken District 12, uses her skills as a hunter to provide for her family. When her little sister, Prim, is chosen to go to the games, Katniss volunteers to go in her place. To her dismay, Peeta, the boy who once showed her kindness and helped her stave off starvation, is also chosen. As one of the poorest districts in the country, they are not expected to come back alive. Can Katniss outsmart those in control to return to her loved ones? What will happen to Peeta if she does? The Hunger Games takes reality television to its most brutal and shocking extreme while taking the reader on a thrilling and thought-provoking journey in a twisted reality.

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Would you sacrifice yourself for your sister or brother?
  2. What did you think of Katniss and Peeta's relationship?
  3. What was the significance of the mockingjay as a theme?
  4. What were the parts of the world/country represented by the 12 districts?
  5. Where is the Capitol located?
  6. How do Katniss' skills, personality, and past experiences help her survive the games? In what ways might she be more prepared then even the Career tributes?
  7. What are some of the signs that show that other districts are rebelling against the Capitol and what tactics does the Capitol use to keep the districts from an uprising?
  8. Even though Katniss knows the danger of making friendships with other tributes, she forms a friendship with Rue. Why is she drawn to her and what does Rue have to offer that other participants might not?
  9. The people of the Capitol think of the games as an entertaining display of strength and skill and cheer on as participants viciously kill each other, while the other districts watch in horror as their loved ones fight for survival. How are the people of the Capitol able to remain so detached not only from the brutality and cruelty of the games, but also the injustice that exists for the districts around them?

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