Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives with her mother and younger sister Prim in the poorest district of Panem, which is the remains of what used to be the United States. Long ago, before Katniss’s time, the 12 districts of Panem waged a war against against the Capitol and we defeated. As a way to keep the districts in line, the Capitol decided to host a yearly event that they called The Hunger Games. Each district sends one boy and one girl into the event in which the terrain and the rules may change but there is still one constant: it’s kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen as the girl from District 12 to go into the games Katniss volunteers to take her place. She is thrust into the world of the Games and she knows that now she must do everything she can in order to survive.
I’m sure by now many of you have heard about this book. If you haven’t, I am here to tell you right now that you need to get your hands on this series. It is AMAZING. It’s one of those books where you start reading and the next thing you know you cannot put it down. And if for some reason you are forced to put it down (sleep, it’s so pesky sometimes) all you do is think about it. This is a book about what happens to young people when war and poverty is forced upon them and you can’t help but want Katniss to fight her way through even though it means the death of other youth. Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read it quite awhile. It’s so well written and so gripping and also sad. 24 kids from the ages of 12 to 18 are taken every year from their homes to go in and fight for their lives and only 1 returns. Ah. It’s a darn good book. Like I said, if you haven’t picked up this book yet, you need to.