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The final book of The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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    Aug 2010, 400 pages
    Jan 2010, 164 pages

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The Hunger Games trilogy is a little like Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and a little like every reality television show ever invented. It's set in the future but has an antique pedigree. Suzanne Collins has said that Katniss Everdeen's story is essentially a "gladiator story" and that it originates in two tales from Ancient Greece and Rome.

Theseus and the Minotaur
The Hunger Games, the first book in the trilogy, stems from the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. King Minos of Crete had defeated the Athenians in war, and to solidify his authority over them, demanded a tribute of seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls to be fed to the Minotaur every nine years. The Minotaur was half-bull and half-man, a vicious creature born from the union of Minos' wife, Pasiphaë, and a snow-white bull sent down by Poseidon. The Minotaur lived at the center of a labyrinth at King Minos' palace at Knossos which had been built by the architect Daedelus and his son Icarus. ...

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