Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to deat before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomse a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I'll admit, I wasn't actually rushing to find this book and read it. I'm not usually into Science Fiction books. This book went above and beyond my expectations. Suzanne Collins created a world and characters that you can't help but be drawn to.
The main character, Katniss, is strong, independent, and she knows how to take care of herself. Instantly you see that the person she loves most in the world is her sister, Prim, and that she would do anything for her, including taking her place in the Hunger Games. When Katniss takes Prim's place, her world is turned upside-down. She is taken away from her family and put through interviews, training, makeovers, she sees horrible things, beautiful things, and finds friends in the most unlikely places, even among her enemies.
This book never has a dull moment and is filled with unexpected twits, along with heartbreak, sorrow, and even laughter. Its hard to imagine that the next book will be better, but some how, it is.