Suzanne Collins's best-selling book The Hunger Games was born from reality television shows, newscasts, and a childhood steeped in stories about war. Her dark tale about children forced to battle to the death captivated readers around the world. With more than 36 million copies of The Hunger Games trilogy in print and a smash hit movie version. Collins has written one of the most popular young adult series in history. The wartime themes echoing throughout The Hunger Games, and Collins's other best-selling series, The Underland Chronicles, have roots in Collins's upbringing The daughter of a career officer in the U.S. Air Force, Collins knew from a young age that war shaped her family's fate. At every turn, Collins's father seized the opportunity to teach her about military history, politics, and economics. As an adult, she shaped these lessons into books for young adults about war and violence. Collins tells tales of bravery and love at the worst of times. Her books carry a strong antiviolence message-one she hopes will spur her readers to consider their world and the role they play in it. Book jacket.