A place once known as North America is now a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 districts. The Capitol is despotic and cruel to all the districts, although they are very powerful and have the power to dictate the future of all the citizens. They show the districts that they are in charge by hosting an annual, gory sports event called the Hunger Games. They do this because the districts once tried to rise up against the capitol and failed; this is the punishment the citizens must endure for their rebellion. In this gruesome contest each of the districts has to put forward one girl and one boy to fight to the death.
The story revolves around a 16 year old girl called Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and little sister, Primrose. Katniss resents her mother for sinking into a depression after her father died, leaving Katinss with the life threatening job of finding food for her family. Although it is very unlikely Primrose will be selected for the Hunger Games, due to a selection method that advantages the youngest citizens, her name is called. As a result of this, Katniss volunteers as tribute to save her sister, and all of her family and friends know this is a death. Since there are 24 children from the ages of 12-18 Katniss’ odds of coming out alive are low.
This fabulous novel is packed with action, romance and pulse racing fighting! A must read book!