Summary (from Goodreads):
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, 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.
Book one in a three-part series, this is the novel that introduces us to Katniss Everdeen and her struggle to survive ‘The Hunger Games’, a reality show where only one winner is allowed — at all cost.
While this is not the best written story — but MUCH better than that particular series about glittery vampires — it is written well enough that each word, page, chapter, kept me hooked until the end. There’s a love story, obviously, but I have to admit, I found it irritating and unnecessary. The end however is predictable, and sets up the next book in the series quite well.
Overall, this is a pretty good read. I’m looking forward to the film … hope it is good (fingers crossed!).