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The Hunger Games trilogy is written by American writer Suzanne Collins. The trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The three books were a huge hit to critics and readers alike. The books’ soaring popularity led to movie adaptations of all three books.

The Author

Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. Her father served in the US Navy and in the Vietnam War. She graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1980, and finished with a double major in telecommunications and theater in Indiana University in 1985. Collins later finished her MFA in dramatic writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. Collins started her writing career in 1991 working for various television shows for kids. She was a writer for several shows from Nickelodeon such as Little Bear, Clarissa Explains It All, and Oswald among other shows.

The Trilogy

The first book of the trilogy, The Hunger Games, was released in 2008 and was partly inspired by Greek mythology, Theseus and the Minotaur. Collins also drew inspiration from her life as a daughter of a military officer where she experienced poverty, the ill effects of war, and starvation. The second book, Catching Fire was released in 2009 and the third book was released in 2010. The trilogy takes part in a nation called Panem, in a post-apocalyptic world. Panem is ruled by The Capitol and has 12 Districts. The Capitol started the Hunger Games, a battle to the death of children aged 12 to 18 years old, to serve as punishment for past rebellions. The tributes, a girl and boy, are chosen from each district through a lottery but tributes can volunteer themselves.

The trilogy follows the life of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from District 12. Katniss was not initially chosen as a tribute, but she volunteered in the place of her sister Prim. She is then teamed with Peeta as the tributes from District 12. The two are later joined by Haymitch a former tribute himself from District 12, and Effie. They are trained to know what to say and do in front of the cameras just before the live telecast of the Hunger Games. Peeta and Katniss played the role of star-crossed lovers during the entire Hunger Games, till they convinced The Capitol of declaring two winners instead of one right before they tried to commit suicide by eating poisonous berries.

After winning, the two must continue their charade as lovers, but something has awakened in the hearts of the other citizens. An uprising is brewing and has culminated in a final act of rebellion during the special Hunger Games. The last book goes into the details of the rebellion. Katniss agrees to play as the symbol of the rebellion as raids and skirmishes take place in The Capitol. She later joins the battles in The Capitol. The rebellion’s intentions were not all good as Katniss later realized. The Capitol is later defeated and President Snow is dead, but the victory comes at a cost.

Cultural Impact

There are many themes that the trilogy covered. The themes covered by the trilogy include poverty, inequality, starvation, and hope among others. Some critics have said that the book also covers Christian themes such as hope and self-sacrifice. There were times in the books that either Katniss or Peeta sacrificed themselves for the sake of others. The books also show how hope can be used as bait to suppress people. The books’ appeal lies in the many interpretations one can get from reading the series. The love triangle among the characters (Katniss, Peeta, and Gale) has made it more appealing to a broad audience.