Twenty- four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Beth says 5 Stars...
This book was amazing! I'd read another book by Suzanne Collins before, and thought that it was just okay. This one grabbed my attention from page 1 and refused to let me go. I was thrown into the world of Katniss, engrossed in her story. The new vision of the world was just believable enough to feel real. I loved the originality in the way that the story was told; the writing brought everything to life. I didn't feel like I was reading a book, instead I felt like I was experiencing the Games with Katniss. I found Katniss to be a fascinating character. I was constantly amazed by what she did. Her depth and complexity was beautiful, and something I just loved. She was so fiercely loyal to those she loved, yet not completely hardened by her life. Besides Katniss, the other characters were phenomenal as well. I found it interesting to see the changes in the characters as the Games went on, or for some the lack of change. Additionally, the plot was great. It moved along at a breakneck pace like a roller coaster that you never want to leave. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series!