Panem is a country made from the ruins of North America and has 12 Districts and the Capitol. The Hunger Games is a contest where 24 kids go in and 1 comes out rich and famous, created by the Capitol as a punishment for the rebelling of the Districts long ago. Katniss is a 16-year-old from District 12 with the power to survive and a BFF named Gale.
Simple, right? Not when Katniss’ sister’s name is called to participate in the Hunger Games. To save her sister’s life, Katniss volunteers to compete for her. But she must compete with Peeta, the sweet baker’s son who rescued her all those years ago. Katniss also has to worry about how her family will survive, and what Gale tried to say to her before she was taken to the Capitol. While training in the Capitol, Peeta, Katniss, some stylists, and a couple of crazy mentors come together to try to send a victor from District 12 home, until Peeta admits in an interview that he likes Katniss. Is it all for show? After that, Katniss is wary of Peeta and this continues even during the Hunger Games. But while she is trying to survive, Peeta is keeping an image – it could be the one of a ruthless killer or a lovesick schoolboy, and Katniss can’t figure out which. Who will survive the infamous Hunger Games?
This was an AMAZING book! I would recommend it to everyone. It has sci-fi, fantasy, crime, and a LOT of romance. It reminded me of Communism and ancient Rome a lot. My favorite scene was at the end when Katniss admits her true feelings, because it’s a time when Katniss finally lets someone other than Gale know her emotions, and Peeta sort of tells her off. Peeta is my favorite character because he was really sweet, kind, and honest. I didn’t like Katniss because she needed to have more fun and not be so mean. Book 1 of The Hunger Games series. [trh99]