I've been reading the first book of the Hunger Games, and I can't quite figure out what exactly is the arena?
In the book it says that the Game Makers can alter the environment. They can make it any type of landscape that they want (a desert, or a snow plain, for example). Is the arena an illusion? A bit like a big Holodeck on Star Trek?
Or is it made within a predefined area, using some kind of terra forming techniques?
The animals inside must not be an illusion, because they can hunt and eat the animals :)
Also, there's a point where Katniss looks at the moon and wonders if it's a real moon, this is what triggered this thought.