Pitting children against children in a merciless game of survival on live television was the compelling plot behind Suzanne Collins' meteoric rise as an author. After launching her career writing for children's television programs, Collins mesmerized millions of readers all over the world with her groundbreaking sci-fi book trilogy The Hunger Games (2008), a gripping story of children forced to compete in an annual televised game. The novel is told through the eyes of its intrepid heroine, Katniss Everdeen, a skilled hunter who is desperate to make it out alive from the Games to save her family. Collins continued Katniss' story in the popular sequels Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (2009) and Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (2010). Aside from the critical praise she received for all three novels, their film versions were touted to be the most widely anticipated and biggest releases of all time. Production and casting of "The Hunger Games" (2012) ignited major Hollywood buzz and cemented Collins' place as one of the most successful and groundbreaking figures in contemporary literature.