Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
The Elliott Review:
This story has a futuristic setting that is believable as much as it is cruel. From the very beginning, the suspense grabbed me and kept me reading as quickly as possible. Katniss is a well-developed character, and I identified with her sense of urgency as she attempts to survive so that she can return home to continue providing for her family. She is fierce and tough yet extremely dependent on her sponsors and the Gamemakers, who control what happens during the Games.
The romantic elements are not the main focus of this book, but they are there nonetheless. Does Katniss have true feelings for Peeta, or are they merely influenced by the story her mentor has set before the public? Or is does she truly have feelings for her best friend back home, Gale?
This read will appeal to male and female readers alike since it has a bit of everything - romance, violence, psychological issues, suspense, action.
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