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The Hunger Games takes place in the ruins of North America: a country called Panem, containing 12 known districts. When her sister, Prim, is selected (in her first year of eligibility) as District 12's female tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place on the stage. As Effie asks for a round of applause for Katniss, everyone is silent. After a few minutes, most of the crowd presses their three fingers against their mouths and holds it out to her. Katniss describes this as an ancient sign for saying "admiration," "goodbye to someone you love," and "respect."
After Katniss is selected, Effie chooses the male tribute for the Games. Peeta Mellark is picked, and Katniss remembers something he did to help her when they were just eleven. During …Read more >