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Topic: The Hunger Games

I have recently begun reading the Hunger Games.  It is about a young woman named Katniss Everdeen who bravely volunteers to fight in the last man standing, a battle to the death, in order to protect her younger sister.  This is an annual fight, a "games" if you will, that began after the 13 districts revolted against the capital of Panem.  After the districts were beaten and one was destroyed, the government introduced these games as a reminder of when the districts went rogue and to prevent it from happening again.

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Katniss lives in district twelve in an already poor district, where they live in an even more impoverished area called the seam, where she lives with her grieving widow mother, and her younger sister Primrose.  Katniss reaches across the bed but cannot feel her sister lying there as she went to sleep with her mom because this was the day of the reaping.  Katniss is described to be a very outdoorsy person and a very skilled hunter with a bow and arrow.  She walks past the kitchen and finds her sister's  pet cat that was very sick and diseased when Prim found it.  This little backstory shows that she cares for her sister very much.

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The Hunger Games tries to show that Katniss has a difficult relationship with her mother.  After the passing of her father, Katniss' mom feels so bad for herself that she begins neglecting Katniss and Prim.  Katniss and her best friend Gale, who also lost his father, had to become the primary source of food to keep their families alive.  In the forest just outside of district twelve is where Katniss and Gale sneak off to hunt smaller game, such as rabbit, bird, squirrel, and also fish.  After feeding their families, they take their access game to the black market to sell.  This is where Katniss gets money to pay for their water, heat, and electricity.

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Today was the day of the reaping.  When Katniss returned from her hunt, she began getting ready for the ceremony.  Every child from twelve years of age and older would wear their nicest clothing would stand in the town square, where one male, and female child, would be picked at random to face death in the Hunger Games.  The government though offered to everyone, grains and a small some of money to anyone willing to put their names into the bowl extra times.  Although only the destitute people would actually take this offer.  Katniss and Gale took this offer, many, many times.

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Effie Trinket arrives in district twelve, sticking out like a sore thumb with her brightly colored capital clothing, her gold metallic hair and her glitter everywhere.  She works for the Capital and comes as an angel of death, for she is the woman who would pluck the names of the unfortunate children who would partake in the hunger games.  Many peacekeepers arrive with her to ensure that everything goes well, with no riots from the crowd.  They begin the draw.  First, a boy named Peeta Mellark is pulled, the baker's son, who Katniss went to school with.  He is immediately directed to the front of the stage by peacekeepers.  Now it was time for the girls to be picked.  Katniss is worried about her sister Prim, even though Katniss has a much greater chance of being pulled.

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Effie Trinket scrapes the bowl and pulls out a slip of paper with a girl's name on it.  She calls out to the crowd, Primrose Everdeen.  Katniss is shocked, Prim does not move, and every member of her family is aghast.  Katniss, knowing the chances of survival are slim for anyone, but even less for somebody who has never been trained in combat or hunting, decides to volunteer to take her sisters' place.  It is an extreme act of courage to throw herself into an almost guaranteed death situation.  Gale rushes to the aid of a clearly emotional distraught Prim, who will publicly watch her sister die.  Katniss walks up the stage where her and Peeta Mellark shake hands and are taken to a room to say goodbye to their family and friends before heading to the capital.

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Katniss first meets with her Mother and sister.  Katniss takes a rather aggressive tone towards her mother telling her that she can't zone out and not raise Prim if Katniss dies, just like she did before when the mine explosion took her husband, and Prim and Katniss' father.  She then meets Gale, who she asks to help look after her family.  She then meets her friend from school, Madge, who is the daughter of the mayor, who gives Katniss the recognizable Mockingjay Pin which is on the cover of every book and movie in the Hunger Games series.  After this, she is taken to the train by peacekeepers where she would spend the next day or so before she got to the Capital.

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On the train, Katniss is angered by her games coach, Haymitch, who is always drinking and not at all focused on preparing her and Peeta for the battle, which he had one 24 years before.  Meanwhile, Katniss' anger is beginning to get to her, Peeta is being a suck up to Haymitch trying to soak any information that he could out of this past, drunk hero.  At one point she almost stabs Haymitch's hand with a knife.  When they arrive at the Capital, and the fans stare at the train watching, Peeta waves to the people while Katniss sits there looking rather bored by the whole experience, and Haymitch says that Peeta has an excellent strategy.

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Back in the room, they watch the recap of the reaping.  Katniss mentions a few she distinctly remembers.  A boy that based on her description that is built like the Incredible Hulk who volunteered from district 2.  A 12-year-old from District 11 who reminded her of her sister Prim.  A fox-faced girl with red hair, and a large dark-skinned boy who looked extremely strong but who limped onto the stage.  Then eventually it shows district twelve, with Peeta looking scared, and Katniss not able to hide the fear for her sister, and it reminds her of how much she missed her family and Gale, and how they were all going to cope without her.