We are really excited to be part of Scholastic’s Official Hunger Games 13 day, 13 district blog tour counting down to the release of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — including an exclusive giveaway (keep reading for details). In fact, it ties in perfectly with our 13-day countdown! Today is our turn on the blog tour, and we are representing District 7.
About District 7:
While virtually nothing is known about District 7 (both its tributes died the first day of the Hunger Games) — we do know that their main industry is lumber/timber. We also know that Katniss & Peeta cross through District 7 (in the Appalachians) from District 12 on their way to the Capitol (in the Rocky Mountains). Logic says that District 7 would be located somewhere in between — though that still leaves a large chunk of the Southeastern and Midwestern United States to cover.
District 7’s Logging Industry:
We already know that most of the districts in Panem are poor — but even logging communities today have to struggle financially, so it makes sense that District 7 would be one of the districts struggling the most to get by. Chances are, a majority of the kids in District 7 will put their names in the tribute drawing multiple times to get extra tessera for their families.
There’s also the risk of logging itself. Much like the coal mining in Katniss’s District 12, members of the working community of District 7 likely put themselves at risk daily. In the U.S. today, logging is consistently one of the most hazardous industries. In 2008 alone, it accounted for 93 on-the-job deaths.
Besides the risk, logging is not an easy job. It involves working with heavy equipment and dangerous tools, like chainsaws — all while on uneven and sometimes unstable terrain. Loggers must also deal with extreme environmental conditions — from severe heat or cold, to torrential rain or sudden snowstorms.
The District 7 Tributes:
Both of District 7’s tributes are killed the first day of the Hunger Games in book 1. But in Catching Fire, District 7 tributes Johanna Mason and Blight are featured more prominently.
Johanna & Blight both won past Hunger Games, but return to the arena in Catching Fire for the Quarter Quell — when, as a twist to keep things “entertaining,” only past Hunger Game victors can be drawn as tributes.
In Catching Fire, Johanna and Blight both team up with Katniss, Peeta and their other allies inside the arena — but Blight dies when he runs into the force field surrounding the arena and the blast stops his heart.
Johanna helps some of the others to destroy the barrier keeping the tributes inside the arena, but is captured by the Capitol with a few others before she can escape.
The District 7 Contest:
To enter, simply fill out the Novel Novice Mockingjay District 7 Contest Entry Form & tell us which district of Panem you would choose to live in & why.
Rules & Guidelines:
- U.S. Only
- Use the entry form! (If you comment below, it will NOT count as an entry)
- Please only enter once; multiple entries will be disqualified
Contest ends at midnight (PT) on Monday, August 30th.
Questions? Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply!