Story: Twenty- four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Review: The book The Hunger Games Is a must read book, Cut and dried. I didn't need a bookmark while reading this book because i would just have to flip through the pages and find the most recent drool marks on the page I was on when Mr. Sandman finally gave up on the sand and moved on to using boulders. I found most of the characters believable, and the alloy of highly advanced technology, survival, and primal instincts, is perfect. If you want to read it is recommended by the surgeon general that you have book two close at hand and there should be a written warning that you will suffer from withdrawals and stress due to suspense till book three comes out in August.
Book A-Like: Enders Game, by Orson Scot Card; The Arena, by Fredric Brown.
Drugs and Alcohol: Alcohol, but not in good light.
Violence: This book isn't for the squeamish or faint of heart, to put it simply.