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The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a rich Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl from each district are selected by lottery and forced to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss's life by giving her bread when her family was starving.

Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, where they meet the other tributes and are publicly displayed to the Capitol audience. During this time, Peeta reveals on-air his long-time unrequited love for Katniss. Katniss believes this to be a ploy to gain audience support for the Games, which can be crucial for survival, as audience members are permitted to send gifts to favored tributes during the Games. The Games begin with 11 of the 24 tributes dying in the first day, while Katniss relies on her well-practiced hunting and outdoors skills to survive. As the Games continue, the tribute death toll increases, but both Katniss and Peeta are able to evade death.

Supposedly due to Katniss and Peeta's beloved image to the audience as "star-crossed lovers," a rule change is announced midway through the Games, stating that two tributes from the same district can win the Hunger Games as a pair. Upon hearing this, Katniss searches for Peeta and finds him wounded. She nurses him back to health and acts the part of a young girl falling in love to gain more favor with the audience and, consequently, gifts from her sponsors. When the couple manages to outlast all the other tributes the Gamemakers suddenly reverse the rule change and try to force them into a dramatic finale where one must kill the other to win. Instead, they both threaten suicide and are subsequently both declared winners. Though she survives the ordeal in the arena and is treated to a hero's welcome in the Capitol, Katniss worries that she has now become a political target after having defied her society's authoritarian leaders so publicly. Her on-screen romance with Peeta also comes to a halt when he is heartbroken to learn that their relationship was at least partially a calculated ploy to garner sympathy from the audience, although Katniss herself remains unsure of her own feelings

The Hunger Games Characters

Katniss Everdeen - The main character and narrator of the story. Katniss resembles Gale and is slender with sleek black hair, misty grey eyes and olive skin. She is sixteen years old and attends a secondary school somewhere in Appalachia, in the book known as District 12. She is often quiet and "not gossipy" in public and is generally liked by District 12's residents, in no small part because of her ability to provide highly prized (and highly illegal) game for a community in which starvation is a constant threat. Katniss is an excellent hunter, archer, gatherer, and trapper, skilled just like her late father. Since his death in a mine explosion, Katniss has been the sole provider for her family, a role she was reluctantly forced to assume at the age of eleven when her mother's grief overcame her ability to function in her husband's absence, a failure of parenting that Katniss continues to resent. She is also resentful of the Capitol's callous treatment of her District, but has spent too much of her life preoccupied with survival to develop a strong political sense. Indeed, very little seems to motivate Katniss apart from self-preservation and her total devotion to her younger sister, Prim.

Peeta Mellark - The 16-year-old male tribute from District 12. He is described as being "a medium height with a stocky build" and has "ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead" with blue eyes. He is the town bakers' son and is talented in baking breads,cakes and icing cakes, which proves to be an unexpected boon to him in the arena. Upon arriving in the Capitol it is discovered that Peeta has an instinctive ability to perform on camera and manipulate public sentiment. He has harbored a secret liking for Katniss since they were five that continues through the Games. He is rarely moody or upset and generally takes things lightly.

Haymitch Abernathy - A "paunchy, middle-aged man" who was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games. Since winning made him independently wealthy, he has spent almost all of his intervening leisure intoxicated to the point of embarrassment. Being the only surviving Hunger Games champion from District 12, Haymitch acts as a mentor for Peeta and Katniss before they enter the Games, as he has for every couple in the twenty-five years since his own victory. He is often sarcastic and anything but sober, which Katniss finds highly irritating. However, when pushed, he emerges as the pair's greatest advocate and shows himself to be highly canny as he guides his proteges in a cleverly designed, highly unorthodox strategy aimed at securing the survival of both tributes.

Gale Hawthorne - An 18-year-old from the Seam who is Katniss's best friend and hunting partner. The pair have combined their respective talents, his at trapping and hers at archery, to become a highly effective team. Their success makes them fixtures at the Hob, District 12's black market, where they trade their illegal game for other valuable items. Gale is less resigned than Katniss to the authority of the Capitol and even suggests half-seriously that the two flee to escape selection for the Hunger Games. Gale is fiercely devoted to Katniss (whom he nicknames "Catnip") and the two have pledged to look after each other's families should anything ever happen to one of them. Though very friendly, it is unclear whether their relationship contains a latent romantic element.

Effie Trinket - A superficially cheerful woman from the Capitol who wears colourful wigs, usually in the shade of hot pink. Effie reaps the names of the tributes in District 12 and escorts them to the Capitol and (very rarely) back. She is very fussy over appearances and manners and finds the uncouth, drunken behavior of Haymitch highly distasteful. Her assignment to District 12 is clearly not to her liking; she originally wanted to represent a more prominent district. However, as it reflects very much to her credit to produce a champion in the Hunger Games, Effie does all she can to ensure the survival of Katniss and Peeta.

Primrose Everdeen - Katniss's 12-year-old sister. She is slender with long blond hair and blue eyes. She is adored by District 12 and later the Capitol after her sister wins the Hunger Games. She is a skilled healer, like her mother. She is generally optimistic and happy, even in a dark situation. She was the tribute reaped to go to the Capitol before Katniss took her place.

Mrs. Everdeen - Katniss's mother. Born into a relatively well-off family by District 12's standards, she chose to marry below her station to a coal miner. Paralyzed by grief at his death, Mrs. Everdeen nearly allowed her two daughters to starve to death once the state's token assistance ran out. Having partially recovered from her trauma, she now owns and operates the apothecary shop that had once belonged to her parents. As many of District 12's population cannot afford a doctor, they take their ill and wounded to Mrs. Everdeen. Now slightly "beaten-down" and frail, she is described as having once been incredibly beautiful. She continues to hide her pain and grief from her husband's death inside until Katniss begs her to not let Prim starve. It is suggested that she suffers from clinical depression but has used her knowledge of herbal medicines to treat the worst of her symptoms.

Cinna - Katniss's stylist, responsible for her public appearance. As prominent members of the entourage, tributes' stylists are also regarded as celebrities by the media- and image-obsessed Capitol audience. Cinna is in his first year as a stylist for the Games and his audacious designs immediately win over the audience for Katniss and Peeta. Despite (or perhaps because of) his professional interest in images, Cinna proves to be better than most at seeing through the superficial spectacle of the Games to their barbaric core, though the state's draconian laws prevent him from saying so outright. He and Katniss establish an easy, comfortable relationship and he demonstrates a genuine concern for her well-being.

Madge Undersee - Mayor Undersee's 16-year-old daughter. She and Katniss have always had a connection to each other, if not a friendship. Like Katniss, she dislikes gossip and is not very "girlish". Before the games, Madge gives Katniss a golden pin in the shape of a mockingjay (a genetically enhanced hybrid of a mockingbird that can mimic human song) to keep with her as a piece of home.

Rue - The 12-year-old tribute from District 11 who bears a resemblance to Prim. The youngest and smallest of the tributes, Rue's greatest advantage lies in her quickness and ability to evade her enemies. She evokes pity in Katniss and earns her friendship and protection after saving her from a nasty nest of genetically enhanced hornets. Upon Rue's death, Katniss wreaths her body in flowers, in an attempt to show the Capitol that the tributes are more than pieces in their Games.She is tiny with dark hair, dark skin and brown eyes.

Avox Girl - In both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, there is no mention of the Avox girl's real name. Before the main events of the trilogy, she and a male companion were fugitives from the Capitol until a hovercraft recaptured her and killed the boy. Katniss and Gale witnessed the escape attempt but were unable to come to their aid. The Avox girl later becomes Katniss's maidservant in the Capitol during the period between her reaping and the start of the Games. "Avox" refers to the punishment inflicted on traitors to the capitol of being rendered mute by the removal of the offender's tongue.

Cathing Fire
After winning the Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, a poor sector in the fictional country of Panem. On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a "victory tour" of the country, she is visited by President Snow. He explains that he is angry at her for threatening to commit suicide with Peeta at the end of the Hunger Games, which permitted them both to win. President Snow tells Katniss that when she defied the Capitol, she started a chain reaction and has created talk of rebellion in the districts. He threatens to kill her best friend, Gale, if she cannot prove to everyone in Panem that her act was not one of defiance, but that she was instead driven by an intense love for Peeta.

The first stop on the victory tour is District 11, the home of Katniss's friend and ally in the Hunger Games, Rue, before she died. During the ceremony, Katniss says a quick speech to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. When she is done, an old man whistles a tune that Rue used in the arena to tell Katniss that she was safe. The song acts as a signal, and everyone salutes Katniss using the same gesture that she used to say farewell to Rue. Katniss is taken away, but not before she sees Peacekeepers shoot the whistling man in the head. Katniss and Peeta then proceed to travel to all of the twelve districts and the Capitol. During an interview, Peeta proposes to Katniss publicly, hoping to settle the dispute between Katniss and President Snow. Despite this, Katniss learns that their attempts of subduing rebellion in the districts have failed. After they return home to District 12, it is announced that for the 75th Hunger Games, 24 of the current pool of victors will be forced back into the arena to fight to the death, once again. This is in honor of the Quarter Quell, an event that occurs every 25th year of the Games, and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist. Knowing that she and Peeta will both likely be competing in the Games a second time, Katniss decides that she will devote herself to protecting Peeta.

During the Games, Katniss and Peeta join up with two other victors, Finnick, a 24-year old man who successfully survived the Games at the age of 14, and Mags, an 80-year old woman, both from District 4. After Mags' death, Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason, a sarcastic and often cruel female victor from District 7, and Beetee and Wiress, an older couple from District 3 who are said to be "exceptionally smart". Wiress soon proves her genius by revealing to Katniss that the arena is arranged like a clock, with all of the arena's disasters occurring on a timed chart. After Wiress is killed, Katniss learns of Beetee's plan to harness lightning in order to supposedly electrocute two other contenders. In the final chapters, Katniss fires an electrified arrow at the force field that contains the arena, thereby destroying the arena and resulting in her temporary paralysis. When she wakes up she is being transported to District 13, a place that is widely thought to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick and Beetee, but Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria have been captured by the Capitol. Katniss is informed that there had been a plan between most of the contestants to break out of the arena, and that Beetee had been attempting to destroy the force field in the same way that she did. The book ends with Katniss's friend Gale informing her that though he got her family out in time, District 12 has been destroyed.

Mockingjay is Yet To come


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