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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
So I’m probably one of the last ones on the Hunger Games train, but I finally made it, and I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to get to the rest of the trilogy. I am also excited about the upcoming movie. One benefit of waiting so long to start is now I don’t need to wait on anything in order to get to enjoy the rest of the series.
I found the love triangle very interesting. Normally I am not a fan of love triangles, but in this one, one of the guys was absent for the entire story. It lead an interesting angle to the plot.
Throughout the story I found myself feeling very bad for Peeta. He was such a nice guy, and totally unequiped for the survivoral aspect of the games. He also seemed to suffer with Katniss. For someone so knowledgable about survival, she was quite naive when it came to emotions and relationships.
Overall, this book deserves the hype it has gotten. I’m glad I read it, and am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.