Katniss Everdeen is the main character of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games series. Her name comes from an edible plant called katniss. Her father used to joke, "Find yourself and you'll never go hungry."
She and her family live in District 12, one of the poorer districts in the fictional world of Panem. Katniss' sister Prim is chosen for the Games but instead Katniss volunteers to take her place. She joins Peeta Mellark to be District 12's tributes for the 74th annual Hunger Games, a gruesome competition. With her hunting and archery skills, she becomes a contender, and sets off a rebellion when she and Peeta both live, though against the rules of the Games. She becomes known as "The Girl On Fire."
The idea for the trilogy was based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, where fourteen young men and women had to be sent against their will to be devoured by the Minotaur, a cycle that didn't stop until Theseus kills the Minotaur. Collins said, "In her own way, Katniss is a futuristic Theseus."
Katniss and her family live in the futuristic world of Panem, previously the continent of North America. Panem is run by an all-powerful city called the Capitol, surrounded by 12 districts that each do specific jobs for it. The story starts in District 12, Katniss's home, the coal-mining district. District 12 is among the poorest of the districts, and Katniss lives with her mother and sister in the poorest part of town, the Seam.
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