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 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.
I am ashamed to say that The Hunger Games series sat untouched on my bookshelf for about 8 months.....until just recently. I have to admit that I put this series off because I have never been instantly intrigued by the idea of dystopian novels. However, after reading The Hunger Games, I suppose I need to amend that last sentiment because this book was AMAZING! The story held my attention the entire time and I have never read anything like this before. I am extremely impressed. The description of the book can't even prepare you for all of the things that go down in this story.
The main character, Katniss Everdeen was hard not to instantly like. She's strong-willed, resourceful, smart and a fighter all the way. I also developed quite a fondness for Peeta, who is the main male character in the book. He's honest and all around a good guy. This book is filled with intense, nail-biting moments that make it incredibly hard to put the book down for any given amount of time. It is THAT GOOD. I can't wait to dive into the next book. =)