Katniss Everdeen's life always hangs in a state of false danger. In order to feed her family in a futuristic North American place called Panem, she must go outside the law to hunt and sell game. She and her best friend Gale find themselves more often together and in the woods breaking that law than anywhere else. But the approach of the annual "Reaping" threatens to tear their world apart like it does every year.
If your name is drawn in the "reaping", a possibility for every child between twelve and eighteen, you are sent as a tribute to fight to the death against teens from every one of the twelve districts of Panem. One girl and one boy are sent to the Capitol, twenty-four contenders, and only one walks out alive.
Everything changes the moment Katniss's younger sister Prim is selected--and she steps up to take her place. Within seconds, their world is forever altered as Katniss stands by Peeta Mellark, the male tribute from District 12. They are thrown into a bloody battle with no choice but to kill or be killed. Could either of them possibly survive the brutal Games?
The Hunger Games is a fast, action-packed, but thought provoking, edgy story that forces you to keep reading. Effortless detailed, you clamor for more, and find yourself torn between the lives of the tributes and especially Katniss and Peeta. There are also evident and witty comments on society and people that are equally as intriguing as the plot and the characters spun into this gripping story.