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.
I don’t know where to begin! I know I’m late on this bandwagon, but the book sucks you in, start to finish. I couldn’t put the book down, and I knew this was going on my favorites list when it was 1am and although I desperately needed some sleep, reading about what Katniss will do next was way more important. I was super impressed by how Katniss, 16 years old, forced into this, what some would call “Battle Royale” Situation, handles herself with confidence and bravery. Anyone else would break down, showing their fear on their face (as some do in this book). Katniss goes through a roller coaster of emotions with the need to survive, the need to see her family again, the need to one day love someone. It all gets taken from her so fast, that the entire book your just sure there is no way out. She has to make so many hard decisions, some, that we will never have to face.
Katniss is forced to kill other contenders called Tributes, in the games. Thankfully Katniss has a skill to use against them. The Hunger Games doesnt discriminate, whether you know how to kill someone (or something) or not, you may be chosen and there is no turning back. I loved that when it comes time for her to either kill or be killed, she jumped into action. She realizes that surviving is top priority so that she may go back home to her family and other people that mean so much to her. Suzanne Collins so easily intergrates what Katniss is currently going through with what some of the other characters have gone through. The way the characters are connected is read so well, not only because of the games, but because of where they live and how they live.
The post apocalyptic world of Panem, Katniss, Peeta (another Tribute to the games) and everyone who revolves around them is one of such imagination. So fantastic, I’ll be darned if you tell me you could walk away without finishing this book!