A Dystopian World and a Heroine: The Appeal of The Hunger Games

In the post-apocalyptic world of Panem, death is a show, and brutal acts of killing can be moneymaking ventures and claims to fame. That is the setting of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book series “The Hunger Games,” which has gotten international acclaim for its gritty portrayal of a dystopian world and a teenager’s brave rebellion against an oppressive system.

The critically-acclaimed trilogy begins with the titular “The Hunger Games,” followed by “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.” The books are narrated by the protagonist and heroine Katniss Everdeen, who serves as the breadwinner for her mother and sister in the poor area of District 12.

In Panem, the Capitol serves as the ruler, where the wealthy and the elite live. 12 other districts comprise Panem. To punish the residents of the 12 districts which once rebelled against the Capitol, two tributes from each district — one boy and one girl — are forced to participate in a battle to the death in what has been dubbed the annual Hunger Games.

To survive, tributes must use all their cunning and skill to outsmart their opponents, kill everyone else, survive the arena and come out as the lone survivor. The Games are a popular entertainment event for residents of the Capitol, and the brutal killing matches are televised.

The trilogy touches on the themes of morality and what it means to live within such a world. Katniss tries to survive the arena with her fellow tribute from District 12, Peeta — a risk that could have serious repercussions.

The addictive quality of the series has made it difficult for fans to put down. Aside from being translated into numerous languages, the popular series has also been produced in Mockingjay Audiobook free download.

The e-book format accessible on Kindle is particularly popular, making it easy to tap into Panem and accompany Katniss on her daring adventures. With a tap and a swipe, readers can follow Katniss and Peeta’s journey as they struggle to survive against the system of instituting the brutal fight to the finish.