In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
You know, every single time I’d choose the next book to read; I would always skip reading this book. It sat on my shelf for what seemed like forever, I think possibly 3 months? Anyway, so Catching Fire is coming out this coming Monday so I decided to read it and see if this series was any good. Everyone said the book was really good, but boy they did not do the book justice! It’s insane, just the idea of sending 12-18 years off to kill each other off for entertaining purposes was very repulsive to me, but the author wrote it in such a way that was just interesting and captivating. The book is told from Katniss’ point of view, she’s a very strong character and will do anything to provide for her family and means for survival. I couldn’t quite believe that she took her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, another 12 year old had been chosen and no one volunteered for her, so it just shows how much she truly did care about her family. Peetra, oh Peetra. He was so sweet; I liked him from the beginning. It’s kind of weird though because the entire time that I was reading this novel, I was thinking… Maybe one day we will end up like that, ruthless and insane. Especially with the scientifically and technical advancements that will make what we have today look petty. This author wrote this book just right, not too much gore but just enough to make someone want to change something. Anyway, I give this book 4.5 out of 5 paws.