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The Hunger Games trilogy is a young adult dystopian science fiction series, written by Suzanne Collins, and published in 2008–2010. The trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. All three novels are written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The trilogy has been very successful, with over 26 million copies sold. A film adaptation of the first book was released on March 23, 2012, while an adaptation of Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2013.

The Hunger Games is set in the future, and follows the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and younger sister, Primrose. In a post-apocalyptic world, Katniss lives in Panem, a country controlled by a single, advanced city. The titular Hunger Games is an annual event in which 24 boys and girls aged 12 to 18 are selected by lottery to compete in a televised fight to the death, in which only one person can survive. But when Primrose is selected to take part in the event, Katniss volunteers in her place...

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Books in the series

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 13+
  • Read Aloud Age: 12+

All three books contain regular violence, as one might expect from a story about a fight to the death. Despite the many alarming images, there is little, if any, gratuitous gore. The books' aim is to emphasise the plight of the contestants, rather than glory in the violence. Mockingjay, in particular, contains many deaths, with some potentially upsetting scenes.

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  • The City of Ember, another story of post-apocalyptic science fiction.
  • Lord of the Flies, despite being written 50 years before The Hunger Games, is somewhat similar. It is a tale of a group of British children stranded on a desert island, who try to govern themselves. The result is a shocking and disturbing story of their descent into savagery.

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