Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Katniss' sister is chosen by lottery, she steps up to go in her place.
There is only one word to describe this book: wow.
I keep beating myself up because i kept pushing this book away saying I would never read it, and was I being stupid. This is one of these books where you will read it, and your expectations for other books go up. It was an amazing plot and beautifully written and executed. You'll go crazy after reading it; wanting to read the next. Luckily, it's a trilogy so there is more to come.
All the characters feel real, like they have real emotions and things are more real, like it's happening right now. You are not bored with reading it because the detail is brief enough to tell you what is going on but not over-bearing where you say; all-right I get it, they are in trouble, or it's a very bad dark place. I loved this book inside and out. The events were very creative and no matter what happened, something else came up and a new problem aroused that they had to solve. In the end, not all questions are answered, you are choosing sides between whom she should love and be with, and you have the sudden urge to get the next book, and read it over and over again. I love the cover for this book, it portrays it so well. So simple yet so complex. x.