Book Blurb: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.
One of my favorite book series is the Tomorrow series (the first book is Tomorrow When the War Began) by John Marsden. Why am I telling you that? Because The Hunger Games has the same vibe and invokes the same reactions in me.
It's a post-apocalyptic story of a teen-aged girl thrown into a situation she cannot control and having to draw on all of her survival skills to battle elements, nature and other people who are bigger and stronger than she is to fight for her life. The book is violent in part, but it is also thought provoking and heart warming. I think we can all relate to Kat's love for her sister, her confusion and her strong desire to live and make a better life for herself and her family. I really liked this book.