If you haven’t caught on to the Hunger Games addiction, it’s not too late! Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the trilogy follows teens forced into a televised battle to the death.
Since the film’s not out in cinemas til 23 March, you’ve plenty of time to read all three books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) before then. For those of you who are new to the series, here’s all you need to know to get started.
Panem, what used to be North America, is now split into 12 districts, surrounded by a glitzy capital. Whilst people in the districts are starving, the citizens of the capital dress in jewels, drink and eat to excess, and watch the poor people of the districts kill each other for entertainment on TV in a twisted competition called The Hunger Games.
A boy and a girl from each district are randomly selected to become tributes, and must fight in the games to the death. The winner of the Hunger Games brings not only honor to their district, but life-altering food and supplies. Katniss Everdeen is chosen as District 12’s female tribute, along with a baker’s son, Peeta Mellark. Whilst Peeta and Katniss are fighting for their lives, a love story unfolds, but Katniss’ best friend and maybe more, Gale, is waiting at home. What happens next changes not only Katniss’ life, but the entire future of Panem.
The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Companion and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, which were just released on 7 February, will give you an inside look at all of the characters and background of the stories prior to the film. If you don’t have the time or patience to read all of the books, or just want to delve deeper into the world of The Hunger Games, these are the perfect solutions.
Now available in a handy box set, you can purchase the whole series at once from our friends at Waterstones and take 15% off with a promotional code on your children’s book order over £15 (effective through 22 February). You can pick up the movie companion and the box set for under 20 quid with the code!