A Hunger Artist is a retrospective narrative concerned with ascetics who fast as a form of gathering acclaim. These hunger artists are widely renowned in the narrative's past, but have fallen out of favor in its present. The protagonist, a melancholic artist, bemoans the decline of his field as he is shunted steadily lower and lower in society before dying alone and unhappy. The story has been variously interpreted as an indictment of capitalism and as a rebuke of ascetic religion.
Catching Fire is the story of Katniss Everdeen, citizen of the reservation-cum-labor camp known as District 12, part of a larger dystopian society called Panem ruled over by the wealthy and autocratic Capital. Katniss is forced by the Capital to participate, for the second time, in a brutal death match called the Hunger Games against other citizens of Panem. Katniss's private life is placed under an intrusive microscope as her manufactured romance with fellow survivor Peeta becomes increasingly popular. The story is a cautionary tale about violence and obsessive voyeurism.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen's life is changed forever when she volunteers as tribute in the Hunger Games, an event held every year by the Capitol where children from each of Panem's twelve districts must fight to the death. An astounding tale of courage in a dystopian future world, the novel raises questions of inequality, suffering, and revolution as Katniss and Peeta fight not only for their lives, but for the hope of a better world.