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 Primrose, 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 dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
My thoughts on The Hunger GamesPublish Date: October 1, 2008
The general idea: I've been thrown into an arena and to return home, I have to kill the 23 other contestants.
Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: I love how the Mockingjay pin really stands out.
It made me feel: Like I never want to watch reality tv again.
Romance: My district companion is pretending to be in love with me. I think. And I'm not in love with him or my hunting partner back home. Am I?
Highlight: Cinna, how I love thee and thy clothes.
Read it if you like: Gladiators, starcrossed lovers, love triangles, bread