Panem, a city in the Rockies, and it’s twelve surrounding districts are what remains of the United States in this post-apocalyptic story. The twelve outlying districts suffer under harsh leadership because of their past rebellion. They are each required to send a teenage boy and girl to participate in the Hunger Games annually. This fight to the death competition is broadcast on live television and is required viewing by all.
Katniss takes the place of her younger sister who is chosen in the lottery. Katniss has developed hunting and tracking skills in order to help feed her family. Her partner in the games has few skills that will give him any advantages. Katniss is put through training with her partner and a relationship develops. Can she bear to kill him if the time comes? This page-turning sci-fi novel is gripping and violent, yet the relationships versus survival theme is unforgettable.