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
— Justin, Atlanta
The first novel in the worldwide bestselling series by Suzanne Collins! Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun. . . .
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.
About the Author
Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. She is also the author of the picture book Year of the Jungle, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut. You can find her online at suzannecollinsbooks.com.
Praise for The Hunger Games
"A violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense. . . . I couldn't stop reading." --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"I was so obsessed with this book. . . . The Hunger Games is amazing." --Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga
"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." --John Green, The New York Times Book Review