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SUZANNE COLLINS

THE HUNGER GAMES

SCHOLASTIC PRESS / NEW YORK

For James Proimos

Table of Contents

Cover

Title Page

Dedication

Part I “THE TRIBUTES”

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

PART II “THE GAMES”

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

PART III “THE VICTOR”

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

About the Author

The Games Are Over

Credits

Copyright

Part I

“THE TRIBUTES”

1

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping.

I prop myself up on one elbow. There’s enough light in the bedroom to see them. My little sister, Prim, curled up on her side, cocooned in my mother’s body, their cheeks pressed together. In sleep, my mother looks younger, still worn but not so beaten-down. Prim’s face is as fresh as a raindrop, as lovely as the primrose for which she was named. My mother was very beautiful once, too. Or so they tell me.

Sitting at Prim’s knees, guarding her, is the world’s ugliest cat. Mashed-in nose, half of one ear missing, eyes the color of rotting squash. Prim named him Buttercup, insisting that his muddy yellow coat matched the bright flower. He hates me. Or at least distrusts me. Even though it was years ago, I think he still remembers how I tried to drown him in a bucket when Prim brought him home. Scrawny kitten, belly swollen with worms, crawling with fleas. The last thing I needed was another mouth to feed. But Prim begged so hard, cried even, I had to let him stay. It turned out okay. My mother got rid of the vermin and he’s a born mouser. Even catches the occasional rat. Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails. He has stopped hissing at me.

Entrails. No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love.

I swing my legs off the bed and slide into my hunting boots. Supple leather that has molded to my feet. I pull on trousers, a shirt, tuck my long dark braid up into a cap, and grab my forage bag. On the table, under a wooden bowl to protect it from hungry rats and cats alike, sits a perfect little goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves. Prim’s gift to me on reaping day. I put the cheese carefully in my pocket as I slip outside.

Our part of District 12, nicknamed the Seam, is usually crawling with coal miners heading out to the morning shift at this hour. Men and women with hunched shoulders, swollen knuckles, many who have long since stopped trying to scrub the coal dust out of their broken nails, the lines of their sunken faces. But today the black cinder streets are empty. Shutters on the squat gray houses are closed. The reaping isn’t until two. May as well sleep in. If you can.

Our house is almost at the edge of the Seam.

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Ur Nan
AMAZING BOOK. LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOO MUCH. BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.
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Meilin Lee
Good book
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mia
great book amazing story
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Little lad #2 👹🌚
BRO BEST BOOK EVA kinda long tho good still!!!!!
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Rycor
The series is a bit cringy, but still good. it got me into dystopian books, like divergent. also, i reccomend reading "ballad of songbirds and snakes" before or after this series. its about the president in this book when he was 18. its amazing, trust me.
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