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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins



The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins“Happy Hunger Games!  And may the odds be ever in your favor!” – Effie Trinket

Panem is “the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America.”  Much of the land was swallowed by encroaching seas.  Droughts, storms and fires changed the landscape as we know it.   A brutal war was waged for what little sustenance remained.

Map of Panem The Hunger Games Trilogy

“The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens.  Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol.  Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated.  The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games”.

Today is the day of the reaping.   One boy and one girl from each district will be chosen to participate in the Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games are the super bowl of the Capitol where the tributes must fight to the death.   Katniss, her best friend Gale and her little sister Prim stand motionless and breathless waiting for the first name to be read.

Katniss Everdeen is a teenager growing up in District 12.  “She has no idea.  The effect she can have.”


Book Club Ideas for The Hunger Games

I have decided to do this book club party based on The Hunger Games Trilogy.  You cannot just read The Hunger Games without continuing on with Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

The ideas for this trilogy book club party are endless, so I had to pick and choose among the ones that spoke to me the most.  Please submit your ideas and comments at the end of the post.  I would love to hear from you.

Decorations

The main decorations I collected for the party are a mockingjay pin, a gift from Madge; a bow and arrow, Katniss’ preferred weapon of choice; and a gold locket and pearl which were gifts from Peeta.

Mockingjay Pin, Locket, Pearl, and Bow and Arrow

Mockingjay Pin, Locket, and Pearl

Symbols that hope was not lost are the burnt bread that Peeta gave to Katniss and the first dandelion (yellow) of the year.  “I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed”  (The Hunger Games pg.  32).  I couldn’t find a yellow dandelion flower in the fall when I published this post, so I included a dandelion seed head.

Burnt Bread and Dandelion - a Symbol of Hope

What to Wear

You can dress as Katniss, a teenager trying to survive in District 12, hunting for food with a bow and arrows slung over your shoulder.

Make sure you wear your mockingjay pin, a gift Katniss received from Madge.

You could also wear a fitted black jumpsuit and glowing crown (Catching Fire pg. 206).

Another option is to dress like the people living in the Capitol:  “The oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal.  All the colors seem artificial, the pinks too deep, the greens too bright, the yellows painful to the eyes…” (The Hunger Games pg. 59).  Be sure to include a bright colored wig, intense colored makeup, and tattoos and jewels for the face and body.

Music

Here is the soundtrack for The Hunger Games .

Book Club Menu

The meals at the Capitol are nothing like Katniss has ever seen.

Katniss and Cinna, her stylist, meet in the sitting room to discuss her opening ceremonies outfit.  Cinna pushes a button on the side of the table and a second tabletop appears that holds their lunch – “Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, a pudding the color of honey”.  (The Hunger Games pg. 65)

Appetizer

Baked Brie with Raspberries served with grapes, apple slices and crackers

Brie Recipes, crackers, grapes, apples

Main Course

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Creamy Orange Sauce

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Creamy Orange Sauce

Jasmine Rice with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parsley

Nutty Jasmine Rice

Sweet Peas and Pearl Onions

Peas with onions

Luby’s Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Luby's Cloverleaf Rolls

Delicato Pinot Grigio goes well with this meal with its rich aromas of tropical fruit and citrus and the light, crisp flavors of pear and peaches.   My mouth is watering  just thinking about the wonderful flavors of this meal!   Since The Hunger Games Trilogy is a young adult book, wine is a suggestion for adult book club parties only.

Delicato Pinot Grigio

Dessert

Honey Vanilla Pudding

Creamy Pudding

Other Menu Options for The Hunger Games

You can serve cookies for a dessert to represent the cookies given to Katniss by Peeta’s father.  (The Hunger Games pg. 37)

Katniss’ dinner with Cinna, Portia, Haymitch, Effie and Peeta (The Hunger Games pg. 76) was “mushroom soup, bitter greens with tomatoes the size of peas, rare roast beef sliced as thin as paper, noodles in a green sauce, cheese that melts on your tongue served with deep blue grapes” and a gorgeous-looking cake that they set ablaze.

If  you’re up for the challenge, you can roast a pig and don’t forget the apple in its mouth.  Katniss is performing for the Gamemakers but the majority of them are fixated on a roast pig that has just arrived at their banquet table.  Katniss will not be upstaged by a dead pig.  She shoots an arrow at the Gamemakers’ table and skewers the apple in the pig’s mouth and pins it to the wall behind it.  (The Hunger Games pg. 101)

Katniss is impressed most by the lamb stew with dried plums at the Capitol (The Hunger Games pg. 127).


Book Club Resources

Ratings & Reviews

My Rating: 4.2 stars  Loved, loved, loved The Hunger Games but my interest died down in the middle of Mockingjay, didn’t feel like Katniss was living up to her Heroine persona.

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“Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power.” —Time Magazine
“Suspenseful… Collins’ fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end.”-USA Today

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  1. Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recipes! I did a Hunger Games book club with my friends on Monday night, and I made the delicious chicken and creamy orange sauce, the rice (a new favorite!), the peas and onions, and the pudding. Everything but the pudding was delicious, and my friends were impressed! The pudding just didn’t turn out, which probably means I did something silly, but thankfully, I had made baklava as an additional dessert, so all was well!
    Thanks for making my book club hosting a success!

    Comment by Lori B

  2. Lori
    So glad your book club party was a success! The chicken with orange sauce is one of my family’s favorites.
    Marilyn

    Comment by Marilyn

  3. Thank you so much for your menu ideas! Everyone was so impressed and thought everything was delicious!

    Comment by Anonymous

  4. Welcome to our site, Anonymous…Love to hear about book clubs enjoying our recipes!!

    Comment by Marilyn

  5. I’m hosting book club tomorrow night and came to your sight looking for ideas. Thank you so much! I’m going to serve “peeta” bread and hummus. I also have tracker jacker jelly with cream cheese on the menu. I’m working on the rest right now!

    Comment by Shannon

  6. wrong dandelion. It’s the yellow ones.

    Comment by ye

  7. Yes Ye, you are right. It was fall when the post was published and a yellow dandelion was no where to be found. I did update the post to clarify that. Thank you.

    Comment by Annie

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