Book Review: Catching Fire And The Hunger Games

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The series is set in the fictional country of Panem ,"the country that rose up out of the ashes of the place that was once called North America"(Collins, Hunger Games 18). Catching Fire (2009) , the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy and the focus of this research , takes place 75 years after "The Dark Days"(Collins, Hunger Games 18),a failed rebellion attempted by the 13 districts of Panem against the Capitol and its tyrannical rule . As a result of this rebellion , the Hunger Games were created. "The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate"(Collins, Hunger Games 19). Those tributes would fight to the death , with only one being crowned as victor . Catching Fire (2009) takes place six months after Katniss ' and Peeta 's victory in the Games ' arena , thus breaking the rules which stipulate that there should be only one victor . Their victory is seen as "a rebellion in itself" (18), and an act of defiance that require swift retribution. The Hunger Games Trilogy revolves around three major characters : Katniss , the series ' protagonist , Peeta who is Katniss ' distract partner and the boy she is forced to pretend to be in love with and President Snow ,the sadistic and tyrannical ruler of Panem. According to Suzanne Collins , Katniss Everdeen is a modern day Spartacus "a man who is a slave who is then turned

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