October 5, 2008

The Hunger Games Lists

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HungergamesI just finished The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ book for ages 12 and up, and I couldn’t resist making a couple of lists as I was reading. (I have a thing for making lists. Don’t know why, but I can’t stop myself!)

Here are my Hunger Games lists:

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read the book yet, you may not want to read my lists yet either!

Collins has five mentions of flowers:

  1. Prim, Katniss’s sister, is named after a primrose.
  2. Buttercup is the name of Prim’s ugly, yellow cat.
  3. Rue, the 12-year-old tribute from District 11, is also named after a flower:”Rue is a small yellow flower that grows in the Meadow.”
  4. When Rue dies, Katniss places wildflowers of violet, yellow and white all around her body.
  5. Peeta gives Katniss a bunch of fresh-picked wildflowers that are pink-and-white  — and are really the tops of wild onions!

One thing I noticed is that all five references are of wildflowers, which makes sense — this is not a tame book. Do the flowers symbolize something? What do you think?

My second list is kind of incomplete. I tried to write out what the 13 districts supply to the Capitol. I went through the book twice, and I am pretty convinced that Collins did not give us all the info. This is what I have so far:

  • District 1 – luxury items like silver and jewels
  • District 3 – factories
  • District 4 – fishing
  • District 11– agriculture
  • District 12 – coal
  • District 13 – graphite

That leaves seven districts whose goods Collins doesn’t mention. I wonder if she’ll enlighten us in the next book of the trilogy . . .

Can you come up with more lists based on the book?

— Stav, Scholastic.com Writer