Author: Suzanne Collins
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Unlike The Twilight Saga, audiences—at least, those who read the book beforehand —didn't purchase a ticket for The Hunger Games film adaptation because they "just wanted to make fun of how bad it is." The story of Suzanne Collins' novel is genuinely thrilling.
A new twist on a gladiator-type saga, the book is a cautionary tale about greed, rebellion, and the abuse of power. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Hunger Games opens with a special annual event. Every year, a boy and a girl from each of the 12 districts in this world are randomly selected to fight to the death in the Hunger Games, a televised event held by the government to maintain control over its citizens, and as punishment for a past uprising. The winner of the fight gets to return to his or her home with food for their entire community.
A heroine, Katniss Everdeen, rises from the oppression and unwittingly incites a rebellion against The Capitol during the games she competes in, which propels the plot of the remaining two books of Collins' trilogy.