Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy imagines a world that is a
total nightmare of a place, the opposite of a utopia. The totalitarian
government of Panem has complete control of the citizens' lives and
subjects them to horrifying acts of cruelty – that are then televised on
national television! That gives this novel a dystopian flavor. You're
probably familiar already with other dystopian literature, like George
Orwell's 1984, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Lois Lowry's The Giver, or Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.