Module 15: The Hunger Games

Module 15: The Hunger Games

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Collins, S. (2008). The hunger games. New York: Scholastic Press.

Summary

The Hunger Games depicts the life of Katniss Everdeen as she faces the Hunger Games, a fight to the death competition designed by the capitol. Life in North America is different in the future, Panem has replaced it and is divided up into districts controlled heavily by the capitol and President Snow. Katniss takes on both the Hunger Games and the capitol in this thrilling book.

What Did I Think?

I truly enjoyed this book and was engaged from the moment I started reading until I finished the book. It was one of those books that I was able to connect fully with the characters and the story and when it ended I was immediately looking for the next in the series. While the topic is serious and geared for older students, it also offers readers a different perspective on life.

Reviews

Booklist starred (September 1, 2008 (Vol. 105, No. 1))

Grades 9-12. This is a grand-opening salvo in a new series by the author of the Underland Chronicles. Sixteen-year-old Katniss poaches food for her widowed mother and little sister from the forest outside the legal perimeter of District 12, the poorest of the dozen districts constituting Panem, the North American dystopic state that has replaced the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. Her hunting and tracking skills serve her well when she is then cast into the nation’s annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death where contestants must battle harsh terrain, artificially concocted weather conditions, and two teenaged contestants from each of Panem’s districts. District 12’s second “tribute” is Peeta, the baker’s son, who has been in love with Katniss since he was five. Each new plot twist ratchets up the tension, moving the story forward and keeping the reader on edge. Although Katniss may be skilled with a bow and arrow and adept at analyzing her opponents’ next moves, she has much to learn about personal sentiments, especially her own. Populated by three-dimensional characters, this is a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance.

Horn Book starred (January, 2009)

Katniss volunteers to represent her district in the Hunger Games, a compulsory, government-sponsored reality-TV show from which only one of twenty-four teenage contestants will emerge alive. A fierce, resourceful competitor, Katniss also displays great compassion and vulnerability. The twists and turns are addictive in this compulsively readable blend of science fiction, romance, and social commentary.

Library Lesson

A book talk using this book as the starting point would be a great way to introduce other stories of the dystopian genre such as DivergentThe Maze Runner, and Lord of the Flies. A book talk would be an excellent way to introduce students to new titles and using Hunger Games as a hook would be an effective way to peak their interest.
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