by Suzanne Collins
Format: Paperback, 374 pgs
Summary From Goodreads:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
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.
The Hunger Games has been described as obsessive, brilliant, and jarring. in my opinion, it was indescribable. I wasn't too interested in this series at first, *don't hit me*, because I thought that it would be too "actiony." The thing is that it was too "actiony".... and I loved it! Katniss is one the most kick-butt female leads I've ever read about. I knew what she was going to be like when she stepped up for her sister, even then she continued to surprise me. I was not at all disappointed.
The real reason for my disinterest was that I assumed there would be no romance, which I can't live without, but in walks sweet, muscled, bread-boy Peeta . He is totally in love with Katniss and she is annoyingly unaware of his affections. I haven't read the rest of the trilogy, but I look forward to the day that I do. All the buzz on Twitter has been about Mockingjay. The Hunger Games encompasses the best of love and romance and action and survival.