I have to admit when I was first told about The Hunger Games, my heart did not leap at the thought of reading a young adult novel that seemed to scream science fiction mixed with post-apocalyptic times. However, Hunger Games did not disappoint! Katniss Everdeen lives in the country of Panam in District 12. Katniss is a savvy hunter and barterer who has kept her mother and little sister, Prim, alive since her father was killed by a landmine.
Every year the Capital of Panam has an event called the Hunger Games. Two children, ranging from ages 12-18, are chosen from each of the twelve districts to participate in the games. Each District is to choose a boy and a girl and send them to the Hunger Games, where survival of the fittest is tested. The Hunger Games, which are similar to Roman Gladiator games, are aired across the country so everyone can watch them. All is mostly fine in Katniss’ life, until Prim is one of those chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. Knowing that Prim would never survive, Katniss says she’ll take Prim’s place. A substitution in the Games is rare, but this one is accepted and Katniss goes to the Hunger Games for the ultimate test of survival.
The Hunger Games is a thrilling read that is hard to put down. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in a “page turner.” Can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Catching Fire!