Abstract 14-Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 2012

The Hunger Games: Written by Suzanne Collins

Lynne Farrell Stover

James Madison University



Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is a post-apocalyptic tale that takes place in a barely recognizable North America.   Told in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a citizen of the desperately poor District 12, the reader learns of the government’s method of keeping the deprived population under control.  Every year the Capitol demands that each of the 12 districts select, through the means of an unfair lottery system, a boy and a girl to become tributes in the nationally televised “Hunger Games.”  Here, with much fanfare, the 24 young participants must fight to the death until only one remains.  Full of social commentary, the content of this cautionary tale is an ideal tool for teaching economic content and initiating meaningful classroom discussion.


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