America is a thing of the past and the new country of Panem is a wasteland devastated by corruption and famine. The people of Panem’s 12 districts live miserable lives of hard work and toil while the residents of the Capitol live in luxury and excess. The only break in the monotony of the peasant’s miserable lives is the yearly Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a ruthless blood sport where 1 boy and 1 girl from each district battle to the death until only 1 remains. Viewing of the games is mandatory in all districts and a cause for celebration in the capital. That is, until Katniss Everdeen is chosen and changes the games forever. The Hunger Games is a tale of life and love in the darkest of times.— Justin, Atlanta
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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 is forced to represent her district 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.
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.