9780439023481

The Hunger Games

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  • ISBN13:

    9780439023481

  • ISBN10:

    0439023483

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/1/2008
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

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Summary

The acclaimed author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.

Author Biography

Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Table of Contents

From The Hunger Games
The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody
I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building
Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past
I've never seen that happen though
Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone
It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs
I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff
When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly
It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour
The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones
I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose
Crying is not an option
There will be more cameras at the train station
My sister and my mother come first
I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler
My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us
For a few minutes, we say nothing
Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them
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From The Hunger Games

The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody. I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building. Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past. I've never seen that happen though.

Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone. It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs. I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff. When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly. It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour. The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones. I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose. Crying is not an option. There will be more cameras at the train station.

My sister and my mother come first. I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler. My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us. For a few minutes, we say nothing. Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them.

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