Today in YA History: September 14, 2008 – ‘The Hunger Games’ published!

September 14, 2008: Scholastic publishes the first in Suzanne Collin’s “The Hunger Games” series. The Games are a televised event where the teenagers must fight to the death until only one remains.


    In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she volunteers to take her sister’s place to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

According to Wikipedia, “The Hunger Games has an initial print of 200,000, which doubled from the original 50,000. Since its initial release, the novel has been translated into 26 different languages and rights have been sold in 38 countries.”

The Hunger Games and its sequels are so insanely popular right now, there’s even an upcoming film directed by Gary Ross scheduled to be released on March 23, 2012. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.

Get your read on at your local Independent bookstore!


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