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- Full Title: The Hunger Games
- When Written: mid-to-late 2000s
- Where Written: Connecticut, United States
- When Published: September 2008
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Dystopian fiction; Young Adult fiction
- Setting: Fictional dystopia known as Panem, created after the governments of North America collapsed
- Climax: When Peeta and Katniss threaten to eat the poisoned berries rather than kill one another to win the Hunger Games
- Antagonist: President Snow, the Peacekeepers, those who watch the Hunger Games in the Capitol
- Point of View: First person, Katniss’s perspective
Breaking Records. Shortly after publication, The Hunger Games appeared on both The New York Times Best Seller list and USA Today’s best-sellers list, where it remained for over a hundred weeks. In 2012, Amazon also announced that Suzanne Collins had become the best-selling Kindle author of all time.
Parental Guidance Suggested. The American Library Association listed The Hunger Games as the third most challenged book of 2010, citing excessive violence and sexual content unsuited to the age group.