Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult – Fiction/Dystopian
Publication Date: October 2008
Age Range: Young Adult
Date Scoot Read: 2008 & August 2010
Source: Hardback Library Book & Audiobook
Scoot's Rating: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!
Synopsis (via 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.
This story is amazing. Katniss’ personality and snarky inner wit have you pulled in from the first page. As Katniss is dragged into the nightmarish whirlwind of being a Hunger Games Tribute you quickly come to understand the true horror of the Dystopian nation of Panem. Suzanne writes so well it is easy to become attached to the characters the book revolves around; Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Cinna, Rue, and more. The storyline is fast paced and heart pounding. It is full of intense action, high tension, and poignant moments. You are constantly on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Make sure to have the sequel on hand when you are done because you are not going to want the story to end!