Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1
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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 reminds the districts, 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, that to rebel against the Capitol as District 13 once did, is to die. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who works to provide for her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she volunteers to take her sisters place to represent her district in the Games. She must leave her family in the hands of her hunting companion, Gale Hawthorne, and enter into the Games with just a baker's son, Peeta Mellark, and a drunken mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, for help.
This is the story of the Girl Who Was on Fire.
What I thoughtI'm not sure what took me so long to read this. I had heard all the hype and had decided to wait until it died down some before picking this up. I'm glad I did, but I'm also wondering what was wrong with me! I was engulfed in the story from the start. Katniss was such an easy character to connect with and care for. Her taking care of her family since her father's death was very moving. She loves her family, even if she does resent having to be mom and sister everyday.
I'm glad Katniss wasn't one of those characters that shuts off and does what is needed to survive. She does what is needed, but she feels everything. She grieves and she rages at the injustice of her circumstance and uses both to propel herself further. She truly was a very strong character, able to still do what it takes to save the lives of those she loves, even if it meant the possibility of trading her life for another.
I'm not going to lie. I've read a few dystopian novels, some darker than others, but this was truly crafted from a brilliant mind. It's not just dark, it's savage. Everything is done to show these lowly people just where they are in the world and what the people in the Capitol thing of them. I really do look forward to continuing the story. Katniss has caught my attention and I'm eager to see just how well she fares.
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