The Hunger Games Book Study

Meets @ Panera Bread, Southridge

Come and join us, ALL ages are welcome!

Reading and Discussion Schedule:

Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm: Discuss The Hunger Games, Pt.1, “The Tributes”

Discussion Questions for “The Tributes”:

  1. In this first part of the first book, what words would you use to describe Katniss’ personality and character? What kinds of choices does she make? What drives her decisions?

  1. How would you characterize the poverty of District 12? What are some of the chief causes of it that you can see? What similarities do you see between Katniss’ community and our community?

  2. Katniss breaks the law when she hunts on land beyond the boundary of District 12 and trades in the black market at the Hob. What does this tell us about the relationship between “law” and “goodness”?

  3. When Katniss recalls her previous encounter with Peeta Mellark when she was 11, she is recalling an instance of charity. How do charity and justice fit together? Is charity alone sufficient? Why or why not?

  4. Do you see any commonalities between the fictional country of Panem and the real world? What do you think the author is critiquing through this story?

  5. Which scene(s) moved you the most? Where do you see glimpses of God in this first section? What are they/what do those sections show us?

  6. Sacrificial love will be a theme throughout these books. What can we glean about sacrificial love from this section? How do the characters struggle through their decisions? What drives them? What might hold them back? Where in our lives do we need to consider sacrifice? What is holding us back?

  7. Did any part of this section bring to mind any images or narratives from Scripture? If so, what were they? What do they have in common with this story?

Tuesday, July 3, 7 pm:  Discuss The Hunger Games, Pt. 2, “The Games”

Discussion Questions for “The Games”

  1. The night before the games begin, Peeta and Katniss have a conversation on the roof where Peeta says, “I want to die as myself… I Keep wishing I could think a way to show the Capitol that they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.” What do you think he means by this? Can you relate in any way?

  1. If you were in Katniss’ place on the metal plate right before the Hunger Games begin, what do you think would be running through your head? What emotions would you feel? Of what would you be most fearful?

  2. Have you ever been in a situation where adrenaline takes over and you are forced to trust your basic instincts? If so, what was that like?

  3. What sets Katniss apart from the pack of career tributes? How does she view the Hunger Games compared to how they view the Games? What are their respective strategies for coping with their reality?

  4. Katniss and Rue have a special relationship. What does Katniss’ treatment of Rue in the alliance and then in her death demonstrate to you? How is Katniss’ actions rebellious? What traits do these actions reveal in Katniss?

  5. Which scene(s) moved you the most? Where do you see glimpses of God in this second section? What are they/what do those sections show us?

  6. Sacrificial love will be a theme throughout these books. What can we glean about sacrificial love from this section? How do the characters struggle through their decisions? What drives them? What might hold them back? Where in our lives do we need to consider sacrifice? What is holding us back?

  7. Did any part of this section bring to mind any images or narratives from Scripture? If so, what were they? What do they have in common with this story?

Tuesday, July 31, 7 pm: Discuss The Hunger Games, Pt. 3, “The Victor”

Discussion questions for “The Victor”

  1. We see a lot more development in the relationship between Katniss and Peeta in this final third of the first book. How would you characterize their relationship? Do they view it the same way? Do you see any character development in Katniss through this relationship?
  2. What motivated Katniss and Peeta to use the poisonous berries at the end together? Were their motivations the same? How do they challenge the Capitol?
  3. In revisiting the theme of justice vs. charity that we had over part one, do you have any further reflections on what this first book has to say on the theme of justice? How would you define justice? Who is working for justice?
  4. How do you feel about the way book one ended?
  5. Which scene(s) moved you the most? Where do you see glimpses of God in this second section? What are they/what do those sections show us?
  6. Sacrificial love will be a theme throughout these books. What can we glean about sacrificial love from this section? How do the characters struggle through their decisions? What drives them? What might hold them back? Where in our lives do we need to consider sacrifice? What is holding us back?
  7. Did any part of this section bring to mind any images or narratives from Scripture? If so, what were they? What do they have in common with this story?

Tuesday, August 14, 7 pm: Discuss Catching Fire, Pt. 1, “The Spark”

Tuesday, August 28, 7 pm: Discuss Catching Fire, Pt. 2, “The Quell”

Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm: Discuss Catching Fire, Pt. 3, “The Enemy”

Tuesday, October 2, 7 pm: Discuss Mockingjay, Pt. 1, “The Ashes”

Tuesday,October 16, 7 pm: Discuss Mockingjay, Pt. 2, “The Assault”

Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm: Discuss Mockingjay, Pt. 3, “The Assassin” and “Epilogue”

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