Publisher: Scholastic Press
Book One of The Hunger Games
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in the mining District of the nation of Panem. Every year, one girl and one boy from each district must compete in the televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV.
Katniss' younger sister is picked at random and Katniss volunteers to take her place, which is an unusual event. Along with Peeta Mellark, the Baker's son, they enter the games. As the story progresses we find that Peeta is in love with Katniss, and the battle for survival of not only one but both of them begins...
At 384 pages, this book took me about 7 hours to finish. This is one of those books that I consider to be a Sunday afternoon read, you pick it up and before you know it Sunday afternoon has gone. From teen to Adult, this book is great! There is a level of violence, but nothing most teens have not already been subjected to in our modern age of films, there is a lot worse out there.
I loved this book so much I had to start reading book two straight away.