This book is set in the nation of Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America, a country that consists of the excessively wealthy Capitol, and 12 (formerly 13) very poor districts. 74 years prior to this story, a rebellion is led by District 13 against the the Capitol, resulting in it’s destruction. As a punishment for participating in the rebellion, and as a remainder of the paramount power of the Capitol, the remaining 12 districts have to participate in the Hunger Games, a battle for survival among the teens of of the the Districts. 12 boys and 12 girls are randomly selected (one pair from each District), and trapped in an Arena. The rules are simple, kill everyone else, survive, and never, ever, ever piss the Capitol off.
16 year old Katniss volunteers herself as a tribute to save her sister from this fate. She, her fellow tribute from District 12, and her drunk mentor set off on a journey to the Capitol, to participate in the Hunger Games, where the odds are never in your favor.The book is filled with suspense, action and violence.
This book is for young adults, and definitely not for the faint of heart. It is written in first person, present tense, which, fortunately or unfortunately, makes the story much more realistic. My favorite character was Gale, since he’s the only one other than Katniss that’s actually realistic, rather than sitting around, falling prey to the optimism fallacy.
I would rate this book 4.8 out of 5.
Reviewed by Ahamed Nazar