Poverty and world hunger/starvation were the major issues that were explored by Suzanne Collins. Two people from each district are chosen to enter a reality TV show where they basically kill each other, and the last one/two who survives will be awarded in their district, like receiving food and supplies they need. Katniss lives in a very poor district, where a lot of people go to sleep with an empty stomach. She brings food to the table by going hunting, and she has to sell what she hunts or trade for bread/other supplies. Her childhood has been taken away from her because she spends her life hunting, and trying to survive, taking care of her sister and mother. I think that it's very inspiring how Katniss, a teenager is able to do so much, she keeps her family living and she is so talented in hunting/using bows and arrows. It's very impressive and she must be a very strong young woman to be living in poverty, yet still alive.
Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press. 2008. Print.