2014-2015 Common Reading
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Six months after having been been declared the winners of the 74th Hunger Games, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her partner, Peeta Mellark, are charged by Coriolanus Snow, the ruthless president of Panem, to quell the possible uprising their irregular win seems to be fueling within the districts. Failing to do so, the president seeks to punish Katniss and Peeta by holding another edition of the Hunger Games wherein they must again compete to save their lives.
The power of a “common read” is that it can create community and kinship between people from different backgrounds and sets of interests. Your professors will be able to add levels of meaning and depth to the text allowing students to explore a familiar book in new contexts. There are many ways to connect the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, to our SAGA* theme of environment and sustainability.
During the year, you can look forward to being part of a “district” with physical, intellectual, and other competitions. You’ll be able to help your district earn points as you learn about the various support offices on campus (i.e., Student Solutions, Career Center) and while attending special lectures, service activities, athletic events, and field trips throughout the fall semester.
First-year students will receive a copy of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Summer Advising Day. If you cannot attend Summer Advising, a copy will be mailed to you mid-July.