In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. 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,” 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
I got this book from the library because it was the “IT” thing to do (the book was highly popular at the time with the first movie about to be released). I didn’t know anything about it. I have to say that the first 2 chapters were painful for me to read. I just could not figure out the flow because it’s written in a way that I’m not used to (I guess one would call it first person very limited). Once my brain did click into gear, I was instantly hooked (I ordered books 2 and 3 that very moment). I saw the movie as soon as it was available from the library and enjoyed it well enough. Unfortunately for the movie, it actually portrayed the book precisely. I guess movie makers can’t win with me, haha. Actually there are some movies that are perfect complements to the book without being a complete rehash. The Help would be one. But I’m digressing. The one complaint I remember hearing about the movie was that Katniss was emotionless. I found this hilarious because that’s exactly how she is in the book–this emotionlessness was what was confusing me when I first started reading the book.