The Hunger Games is Suzanne Collins first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and the start of her second Young Adult series. The protagonist and narrator, Katniss Everdeen, is a young woman of 16 trying to provide for her little sister and mother after her father was killed in a mining accident four years ago. Life for Katniss is not always pleasant, particularly as she could be shot dead for hunting outside of District Twelve’s fence. This illegal act of poaching and trespassing is the only way for Katniss to adequately feed her family; “District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.” The fact that the majority of people in District Twelve do not have adequate food is not the only concern that Katniss has about her district:
When I was younger, I scared my mother to death, the things I would blurt out about District Twelve, about the people who rule our country, Panem, from the far-off city called the capitol. Eventually I understood this would only lead us to more trouble…Even at home, where I am less pleasant, I avoid discussing tricky topics. Like the reaping, or food shortages, or the Hunger Games.