The Hunger Games 1 by Suzanne Collins

Sunday 27 January 2013
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After another end of the world (Apocalypse), the nation of Panem occupies what used to be North America. In latin, panem means bread (like panem et circenses : bread and games, or circuses, meaning gladiators fighting in the roman arena). It was the formula for the well-being of the roman population, and therefore a political strategy. Panem et circenses offered a variety of pleasures such as: the distribution of food, public baths, gladiators, exotic animals, chariot races, sports competition, and theater representation. The roman Emperors used that to keep the population peaceful, and at also had the opportunity to voice themselves in these places. The German translation of the title Hunger Games is actually Panem,, unlike the bad French non-translation

Well a brilliant German Title and a great idea by Suzanne Collins!

Panem is ruled by the Capitol and is surrounded by twelve districts that provide for it.

In this first novel, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister Prim’s place in the 74th annual Hunger Games, a competition in which one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to fight each other to the death on live television, a punishment inflicted by the Capitol.

The last tribute standing wins fame and wealth.

If you want to learn more about real gladiators: you’ll be surprised! Totally different from what most people believe to be true...