In 2008, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was published and instantly became a phenomenon. The story takes place in dystopian America which they now call Panem and it is split up into 12 districts. Each year, every district is forced to randomly choose one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 to fight in the annual Hunger Games- a fight to the death that is broadcast on live television. The 74th Hunger Games is about to take place and in district 12 a 12 year old girl gets chosen but her older sister refuses to let her go into the games and volunteers to take her place. And the story goes on from there.
Collins did something that is not seen too often- she made the hero of her story a young woman. And she does not make the love triangle that the heroine is stuck in the focus of the story. This young woman, Katniss Everdeen, is focused on two things throughout the story: keeping her family safe and taking down the capitol. I feel that this series is important because it teaches young girls and women that they can be the hero of their story. It also teaches them that they don’t have to be society’s stereotypical girl. Katniss is strong, independent, and when she needs something done she does it herself. She doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her and even though she is afraid of what is to come through the series she never lets that take control. Katniss embodies a true hero, everything she does is to save the people around her not for the fame or title it’s purely for survival. Another important thing shown in this story is just how terrible their world has become and how corrupt their government is. The story is somewhat saying that if war continues to get worse and the government gets more powerful we could end up living in the dystopian world of Panem.